The Lady Golden Lions dispatched Dawson County 77-55 at the Macon Centreplex to earn their latest GHSA hoops title over the weekend.
St. Pius X got out of the gates quickly in each half, stunning the resilient Lady Tigers with an offensive onslaught to open and close the first half.
“From [last] Thursday’s practice on, I thought our kids were ready to play,” said Lady Golden Lions coach Kyle Snipes. “The week was so long.
“I also think the kids felt the need to get off to a fast start after the lackluster beginning versus Chapel Hill [in the state semifinals].”
Like they have all season, St. Pius’s stalwart backcourt tandem of Asia Durr and Jasmine Carter combined to do a number on Dawson.
Durr poured in 26 points, eight rebounds and a handful of dazzling assists. Carter, meanwhile, chipped in with 19 points, five boards and four assists of her own. Fellow guard and sharpshooter MacKenzie Garrison contributed 11 points of her own.
The Lady Golden Lions — their scoreboard fireworks aside — apparently got the memo that reads: ‘Defense wins championships.’
Durr and company held Dawson’s potent offense in check, including its heralded point guard-post tandem of Carly Gilreath and Sheyenne Seabolt.
“Defensively, we set the tone early and I think that rattled them initially,” Snipes said.
After falling behind by double digits early, the Lady Tigers stormed back to make a game of it — even taking a brief lead later in the first half. But, St. Pius countered with a quick-scoring offense to put some distance between itself and its challenger by halftime … later pulling away in the third period to essentially close the show.
“Credit to [Dawson] for coming back,” said Snipes. “A team that shoots the ball as well as they do is always within striking distance.”
The win gave St. Pius X its fourth girls’ state basketball championship — and first since 2007.
All hail the queens.