Region champs! The Holy Innocents’ girls’ basketball team put exclamation points on an already stellar season over the weekend, as Tony Watkins’ squad topped Greenforest Christian Academy Friday in the semifinals before topping Paideia Saturday in the championship round. Both games were played at Pace Academy.
In the 66-49 Greenforest win, Watkins had good things to say about his squad’s effort.
“We beat a very resilient team,” he said. “I felt our girls played very tough. Bailey (McBride) and McKenzie (Bolden) did an outstanding job of finding their teammates and we were able to finish plays.”
Both guards ended the night with five assists each.
Looking at the rest of the stats, Erika Cassell had another big night with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Chelsea Zoller netted 12 points. Lexii Cassell scored 10, Sydney Long nine, Reshaundra Owens eight, Bolden seven and McBride one. Owens also grabbed eight rebounds.
In the championship game, the Bears topped Paideia 44-30.
“We fought through some adversity and our girls responded well,” Watkins said. “Bailey was great and dished off for her 500th career assist. It was a great accomplishment and what makes it even sweeter is that it was in the region championship. We went on a good run in the third quarter that really put us in control. I am proud of these girls.”
Erika Cassell and Zoller both netted 13 points; Owens put in 10. Bolden and McBride both scored three and Long had two. McBride ended the night with seven assists.
The girls opened 5A tournament play last Wednesday with a 68-30 thrashing of Our Lady of Mercy and will begin state play this Friday at home.
The boys, though bowing in the tournament in the quarterfinals to Pace, are still advancing to the state playoffs; their tipoff is also slated later this week.
Five Golden Bears were named to the All-Region Team, including Bolden, Owens, Erika Cassell, Sam Asbury and Darryl Stewart.