You can watch the Wando girls lacrosse team Thursday night when the Warriors battle Bishop England in the first round of the state playoffs.

Or you can catch the cast of lacrosse characters at a later date when the team is featured on MTV's self-improvement reality series, which follows teens who have a goal and want to be "made" into things like singers, athletes, dancers, skateboarders, etc.

In this case, Wando lacrosse standout Page Fortuna wants to be made into a beauty queen, while Wando beauty queen Bianca Gardner wants to be made into a lacrosse player.

Fortuna is a big reason why the Warriors are 11-1 heading into the playoffs. The senior attacker leads the team with 80 points, including 42 goals. Gardner has held her own and got some playing time in the games.

An MTV crew has documented the girls' transformations and Wando coach Ann McCormick said the process has not been too invasive, but at times it has been a little distracting.

"We just want the girls to be focused at this stage of the season," McCormick said. "I'll watch it when it comes out."

It's been somewhat of a storybook season for the Warriors, who were undefeated before losing a 16-15 decision to Blythewood in the regular season finale.

"It's been a fantastic season," McCormick said. "Our experience has been a big plus. We have an experienced team. We don't have to teach. We can coach."

The seniors have been playing together for four years, including three when lacrosse was a club sport. This season is the first year the sport has been sanctioned by the High School League.

Lizzy Reed and Holly Good are closing in on 40-goal seasons. Abbie Gretta is another offensive weapon, with Haley Brimmer and Anderson Wiksell providing strong defense.

Wando, the No. 2 seed in the Lower bracket, will play the winner of the Bluffton-Hilton Head game if the Warriors get past Bishop England.

A possible Lower state championship showdown against Blythewood looms on April 15. The state championship will be played April 16.

Special Ks

Bishop England pitcher Jimmy Lindberg was outstanding Monday night in the first round of the Hanahan Invitational Tournament against Avon (Ohio) High School.

The left-hander struck out 17 batters and allowed only one hit in eight innings against Avon, but he didn't get a decision. The Bishops did get the victory, a 1-0 decision off sophomore Austin Tortorici's run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th. Another sophomore, Ryan Maksim, pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

Lindberg, who threw 113 pitches, allowed only one walk.

"It didn't seem like he had that many strikeouts," Bishop England coach Bill Collier said. "I had to go back and check the scorebook."

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