Before a packed house, Paul VI posted a 58-54 victory Sunday to take back its position atop the region.
St. John’s entered Sunday’s game as the No. 2 team in the Super 25; Paul VI was No. 3. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) is No. 1.
“Girls’ basketball almost never gets a stage like this,” Paul VI coach Scott Allen told his team before the game, according to The Washington Post. “Enjoy the moment and compete.”
St. John’s (22-2) led by seven in the first quarter and five at halftime.
As detailed by The Post, Paul VI rallied back and had a six-point lead with two minutes left, but Sydney Wood hit a three-pointer with 1:15 remaining to cut the margin to three. St. John’s then fouled, but Paul VI missed the first shot of the one-and-one. That’s when Honesty Scott-Grayson grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She made both shots to ice the victory.
Scott-Grayson, ranked as the No. 11 player in the nation in the Class of 2018, led all scorers with 20 points for Paul VI (24-1). Wood had 19 for St. John’s.