The Holy Innocents Lady Bears will play for the Georgia class 2A this week as the No.15 team in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 national rankings. The Lady Bears (31-0) defeated Pelham 78-70 in the semifinals, setting up a fourth meeting this season against Wesleyan in the finals.
Wesleyan (24-7) has won state titles in Georgia classes 1A and 2A nine of the last eleven years. Holy Innocents last won a state title in 1999. Holy Innocents swept both regular season meetings against Wesleyan and won in their region tournament meeting.
The Lady Bears boast an impressive schedule in which they went 5-0 against non-Georgia teams. Of those five wins, four of them came against teams that won multiple playoff games in their respective states including Goose Creek (SC) defeating Irmo (SC) in the 4A semifinals. Sparkman (AL) was the only non-Georgia team Holy Innocents faced that did not win a playoff game in their state. Sparkman lost to Hoover (AL) in the Alabama class 7A regional semifinals, Hoover was knocked out in the regional finals.
Holy Innocents posted victories over quality Georgia teams including previously No.1 ranked McEachern (24-6; GA-6A), Southwest Atlanta Christian (28-3; GA 1A-Private) and Goose Creek (22-6; SC-4A). All of those teams are playing for state championships this weekend.
McEachern will take on Norcross (28-4) in the Georgia 6A finals, Southwest Atlanta Christian-which boast a roster of only six players, will take on St. Francis (27-3) in the Georgia 1A-Private finals while Goose Creek (SC) will take on Spring Valley (25-4; SC) in the South Carolina class 4A finals.