With a pair of wins that couldn't have been more different, the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars find themselves in the Final Four once again and will head to Waco this weekend for the state tournament.
At the TAPPS 6A North Region tournament in Fort Worth last weekend, the Lady Friars (30-8) opened with a 66-6 win over Midland Christian in Friday's regional semifinals, then pulled together late Saturday to get by John Paul II for a 52-41 regional final win.
The Lady Friars will face Prestonwood Christian (30-3) on Friday in the TAPPS 6A State Semifinals at Robinson High School. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm tipoff. The winner advances to Saturday's state championship contest against at West High School against either SA Incarnate Word of Houston's The Village School.
Bishop Lynch 66, Midland Christian 6
In Friday's game, the Lady Friars held MCS to just 3 percent shooting from the field (1-for-31), allowing just a single field goal in the opening period and none over the final three frames. The ladies led 17-2 at the end of the first, 41-4 at the half and 54-4 after three.
They outrebounded Midland Christian by a 37-16 margin and forced the Lady Mustangs into 25 turnovers. They also had a 6-1 advantage in blocked shots.
Endyia Rogers scored a game-high 20 points and also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. Paige Bradley notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Jeanie Kohler and Addison Knott each added nine points.
Bishop Lynch 52, John Paul II 41
The following day, the Lady Friars survived a tightly-contested contest, during which they shot just 38 percent from the field. However, they held John Paul II to just 25 percent shooting (12-of-48) and forced 19 turnovers which helped the Lady Friars to the win.
Bishop Lynch outscored the Cardinals in each of the first three periods, leading 8-7 after one, 19-15 at the half and 38-25 entering the fourth frame.
Rogers had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Bradley pumped in 15 points and pulled down seven boards. Knott also had seven rebounds, including six on the offensive end.