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Bishop England girls basketball players Katelyn Grisillo, Katie Corbett and Amber Corbett have played basketball together since they were in the third grade at Blessed Sacrament School.

But their days as teammates are numbered. They hope it ends as No. 1 -- state champs.

The seniors have led the Bishops to a 25-0 record heading into Tuesday night's Class AA state playoff game against Marion High School.

The three players want to stretch the season to March 3, the date of the Class AA state championship game. But they know each day before then could be their last as teammates.

What they will take forward after their prep careers end is the realization that hard work and teamwork -- and talent -- will provide a lifetime of memories.

Amber Corbett has played on the varsity team for four years and has helped the Bishops compile an 86-13 record and four-straight region championships. Katie Corbett and Grisillo played on the junior varsity team their freshman season.

The Bishops have gone 66-8 since they joined the varsity team.

The girls have also played on the same travel team since the eighth grade.

"I knew the girls had to potential to be the nucleus of something good," coach Paul Runey said. "I coached all three of their dads when they were in high school, so I knew they came from good stock. The Bishop England community is close-knit, and I saw them play at Blessed Sacrament in the Parochial League. I knew that group could be pretty special."

Katie Corbett never expected that the team would be the first in school history to go undefeated in the regular season.

"But I'm glad we did," she said. "Now, everyone is out to beat us. We have to bring our A-game and step it up every night."

Her cousin, Amber, said it was an honor to be the first team to go undefeated.

"It was a result of a lot of hard work," she said.

"We've come a long way since those days at Blessed Sacrament. But we still have a long way to go."

Grisillo was named all-state a couple of weeks ago, and is still deciding if basketball at the next level is in her future.

"For now, I'm living the moment," Grisillo said. "We're taking it one day at a time. We're relishing every moment. We know each practice could be our last. But, we're optimistic.

The second week of the High School League's state playoffs begin today, and two local teams are in action in the girls Class AAAA Lower State semifinals. Colleton County plays at Orangeburg-Wikinson, and Ridge View travels to Goose Creek.

Goose Creek, the 2009-10 state champ, is seeking its third straight trip to the state championship game.

The Lower State championships will be held Saturday at the Florence Civic Center. The state championships will be held March 2-3 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

The second round of SCISA state playoffs also begin today. The state championships will be held Saturday at the Sumter Civic Center.