ABILENE — Add another milestone to Andy Zihlman's resume. After notching career win number 950 about a month ago, Zihlman claimed his 25th state championship Saturday, adding to the school's national record which now stands at 28.
The Bishop Lynch Lady Friars (33-4) completed a championship season seven years in the making, capping it off with a 68-50 rout of district foe Parish Episcopal (30-6) in the TAPPS 6A state championship game at McMurry University.
"It's great to win this one, especially for this group of seniors who have been here a couple of times and come up short," Zihlman said. "It's just a special group."
Bishop Lynch held Parish to just 27 percent shooting (15-of-55) from the floor and 23 percent (6-of-26) from beyond the arc, where the Lady Panthers have hurt one opponent after another during their run to the finals.
The Lady Friars put Parish away by continually harassing shooters, making free throws and connecting with clutch shooting. Endyia Rogers made 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter as Parish desperately tried to get back within striking distance.
Bishop Lynch shot almost 50 percent (22-of-48) from the floor and hit 80 percent (16-of-20) from the line.
Neveah Tot and Amanda D'Auria each had 16 for Parish, but went a combined 10-for-35 on field goals. The Lady Friars had last won a state title in 2010 and end the season on a 14-game win streak.
TAPPS 6A Girls State Championship
@ McMurry University, Abilene
BL 11 24 18 15 – 68
PAR 6 20 16 8 – 50
PAR (50) – Amanda D'Auria 16, Neveah Tot 16, Neveah Parkinson 8, Susanna Scherer 6, Jordan Deason 4.