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St. Pius X girls', Columbia teams to play for state titles
by Bobby Tedder
March 06, 2013 08:38 AM | 2207 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Columbia's Miah Spencer (13) looks for a pass during the class AAAA quarterfinals against River Ridge on Tuesday, February 26.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Columbia's Miah Spencer (13) looks for a pass during the class AAAA quarterfinals against River Ridge on Tuesday, February 26.
St. Pius X girls’ hoops coach Kyle Snipes likes to quote football great Johnny Unitas in times like this:

“Talk is cheap … just go play.”

In other words, observers and bystanders should not expect any spirited speeches or motivational ploys prior to tip-off.

Snipes and the Lady Golden Lions are preparing for Saturday’s GHSA Class 3-A championship game against Dawson County — 3 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex — like any other game.

“We’ve got this far by just kind of focusing on the game in front of us,” said Snipes. “At the beginning of the year, everybody’s goal is to make it to Macon.

“But, to do that you have to get better every day … if we do what we’re supposed to do, we just feel like the score will take care of itself.”

With results like these, who could argue?

St. Pius X steamrolled their way to the Region 6-AAA title before embarking on a GHSA tourney run culminating in their 55-51 toppling of Chapel Hill in an instant classic of a semifinals matchup over the weekend.

As they have demonstrated all season, the youth-laden Lady Golden Lions are a resourceful bunch — with the fruit of their collective labor being wins.

Sophomore Asia Durr, averaging 21 points per game, leads a trio of guards that have spearheaded St. Pius’ 2012-13 campaign. Junior Jasmine Carter (15 points and four steals) and senior MacKenzie Garrison (42 percent from three-point land) round out the club’s vaunted backcourt. Meanwhile, senior Laura Redmond is charged with handling the dirty work in the post.

Dawson County will counter with its potent 1-2 punch of mercurial point guard Carly Gilreath and post Sheyenne Seabolt.

“We’ve seen [Dawson] a couple of times live,” said Snipes. “They’re a veteran group … they shoot the 3 very well, they’re well-coached, very disciplined and they rebound extremely well …”

Defending the three-point line and keeping Gilreath out of the paint are at the top of Durr and company’s to-do list.

But, for their part, the Lady Golden Lions don’t appear the least bit fazed about their upcoming moment in the spotlight.

“They’re not nearly as businesslike as our teams have been here in the past,” said Snipes of his squad. “And, I don’t mean that in a bad way.

“They’re just probably a little more laidback, looser …”

 Columbia looking for sweep repeat

The Columbia boys and girls’ basketball teams are once again in a position to possibly sweep the Class 4-A state titles — as they did last season.

The squads will settle matters Thursday night in Macon — the Lady Eagles taking on Sandy Creek at 7 p.m.; the Eagles face off with Eagle’s Landing at 8:45 p.m.

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