Nora Kathryn Carroll and her Starkville Academy teammates reeled off their 51st consecutive win Friday.
Carroll poured in a game-high 20 points — including a cool 6-of-8 from behind the 3-point line — to help the Lady Vols to a 68-54 win over Bowling Green in the semifinals of the MAIS Overall Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum.
But it’s the win Carroll and her teammates will play for today that matters most.
Starkville Academy (42-0) will vie for its second straight Overall crown when it plays Presbyterian Christian School today at 1 p.m. PCS, the third seed out of AAA, beat Leake Academy 50-38 in Friday’s second semifinal. The Lady Vols have beaten PCS in their three previous meetings this season.
“This is what we’ve been working for forever,” Carroll said. “This is our game. We’re going to come out here focused and just play our game.”
Maggie Proffitt also had 20 points for the Lady Vols, including a big 3-pointer late in the fourth that helped thwart a Bowling Green (39-2) run and make it a 53-46 lead. Sallie Kate Richardson dominated inside, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Starkville Academy’s balance inside and out wore down Bowling Green.
Friday’s win marked the second time in as many years SA ended Bowling Green’s season.
“I think we felt a little pressure early,” SA coach Glenn Schmidt said. “They knew Bowling Green had something to play for.”
The Lady Bobcats are hoping they’ve saved their best for last.
“It’s a one-game situation,” PCS coach Missy Bilderback said.
PCS beat Leake Academy (27-6) thanks to a big game from its sophomore center, Trista Magee, who finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late.