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Great Day for Saints Basketball: Girls Advance to Division II Title Game in Epic Fashion

The St. Louis Catholic Lady Saints are headed to the Division II championship game following late-game heroics from freshman Myca Trail. The guard split defenders and made a layup following a pass from a slashing Torey Washington to retake the lead with 0.4 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Lady Saints downed University Lab 87-86 at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

The win sends the Lady Saints to their first title game since 2009 – against No. 1 Lee Magnet Friday at 2 p.m.  The Patriots eliminated No. 4 Ursuline easily, 79-61, following the Lady Saints’ thrilling victory.

“I talked to the kids about what got us here. Our saying for the year was ‘we dictate what we want to do,” St. Louis Catholic coach Tony Johnson said, via KPLC. “At first, [University Lab was] dictating what we were doing, but when we started playing our style of basketball— that’s when the game started to change.”

Students watch eagerly as the Lady Saints completed their overtime comeback Tuesday afternoon vs. University Lab.

The Lady Cubs controlled the contest for most of the game and led the Lady Saints 61-48 heading into the fourth quarter.  St. Louis Catholic trailed by as many as 15 points in the game.

But the Lady Saints would double-up U-High in the final period and take their first lead since early in the fourth quarter. Trail sank two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 74-all.

Despite an impressive effort from U-High’s Kennedy Paul (36 points, 17 rebounds) scoring with just seconds remaining, St. Louis Catholic answered with Trail’s last-second bucket to win.

Trail led the Lady Saints with 26 points and 12 rebounds. ULL signee Alexandria Goodly added 21 points and Anaiya Turner put up 22 points in the victory as well.  Read The Advocate‘s game story.

In boys basketball news, the No. 10-seeded Saints eliminated No. 7 E.D. White on the road Tuesday night, 48-45, in regional action. That game also featured a fourth-quarter comeback by St. Louis Catholic.  View the full boys’ bracket.

Because No. 15 Parkview Baptist upset No. 2 Loyola Prep, 46-43, the Saints will host Parkview Baptist on Friday at 7 p.m. in Krajicek Gym in the quarterfinals.  The winner will earn a spot in Marsh Madness at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.  Admission to Krajicek Gym is $10 for adults and $7 for students.