The Bishop Lynch Lady Friars are working toward their third straight appearance in the TAPPS 6A championship game, and the postseason path begins Friday in the TAPPS 6A North Region Tournament at Brewer High School.
The top-ranked Lady Friars (28-8) finished as district champions again with a 7-1 record, winning a head-to-head point differential tiebreaker with Prestonwood Christian to earn the district's top seed.
At 4:00 pm Friday, they'll take on District 1's fourth seed, the Midland Christian Lady Mustangs (14-18), a team that needed a play-in victory to earn their spot in Fort Worth this weekend. MCS topped Parish Episcopal by a 46-41 score on Monday to earn the daunting opportunity to face the state's top team. The winner moves into Saturday's round to face either Nolan Catholic or John Paul II.
The Lady Mustangs will have the momentum of Monday's win on their side, but they didn't fare well against similar opponents, losing twice to Liberty Christian (78-35 and 56-20), and twice to Nolan (46-32 and 55-31). In comparison, the Lady Friars beat Nolan (74-33), and Liberty Christian (61-37) with relative ease.
The Friars will again rely heavily on senior Endyia Rogers, who leads the team in scoring (24.5), assists (4.1), and steals (2.8). She's also far and away the top three-point shooter on the squad with 89 made shots beyond the arc.
Paige Bradley came on strong in the second half of the season and 8.4 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game. The team will be without senior Jaida Thomas, who will be competing for the girls' soccer team in the state championship contest this weekend. Thomas has averaged 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.
Midland Christian's 12-player roster features a heavy dose of upperclassmen with three seniors and seven juniors. They also suit up one sophomore and a freshman. Of the 12, none made the All-State team a year ago. However, sophomore Brooklyn Johnson was a 1st Team All-District performer as a freshman, as was current junior Taite Myers.