FLORENCE -- The Bishop England girls basketball team is one victory away from 101.
The Bishops topped Lake City 61-50 Saturday afternoon in front of about 2,000 fans at the Florence Civic Center to win the Class AA Lower State championship. A victory next weekend would give the Bishops a combined 101 state championships in all sports.
The Bishop girls won their first Lower State title in school history after recent losses in 2007 and '10.
"The girls know they can they can win," coach Paul Runey said after his team improved to 27-0. "They believe. We just need one more win."
Sophomore Michele Boykin was the star of the day. She collected 25 points and 12 rebounds. She hit 9 of 12 from the field and 7 of 9 from the line.
"I can't take it in right now," she said. It's just so crazy. It just wasn't me. It was our team. I couldn't have done it without my teammates.
Another sophomore, Mary Harriet Moore, tallied 10 points and was a force inside on the boards.
Lake City stayed in the game thanks to eight 3-point goals. Junior Tisheema Elmore had five 3-point goals and finished with 19 points.
The Bishops led by 16 points early in the fourth quarter, but Lake City cut the lead to 55-49 when Elmore scored from behind the arc. But on the next possession, Boykin was wide open under the basket on an in-bounds pass and scored. Lake City never recovered.
"To see all the heart, all the effort was special," Runey said. "We got after it when things didn't go our way."