Oscar-worthy

Bishop England girls basketball coach Paul Runey saw a lot of things he liked in the Bishops' 27-point win over Manning on Friday night.

But like any coach, there were plenty of things he thinks his team needs to work on if they are going to capture a state championship.

Amber Corbett led four Bishops in double figures as Bishop England defeated Manning, 72-45, in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.

The Bishops, who improved to 25-0 on the season, will take on the winner of the Marion-North Charleston game Tuesday night at Bishop England.

The Bishops controlled the boards, getting 24 second chance points off of 18 offensive rebounds, and a sharp passing game to beat the Monarchs.

Corbett added 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals to go along with her 15 points.

"Amber is just a good all-around player," Runey said. "That's the kind of performance we've have to come expect from her."

The two teams exchanged baskets for most of the first quarter until the Bishops took control of the game with a 10-0 run over the final two minutes of the opening quarter. The Bishops led 32-16 at halftime.

The Monarchs made things interesting in the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Karen White's free throw with 2:49 left in the quarter, cut the gap to 39-27. The Monarchs had two chances to get the game into single digits, but two missed jumpers and a turnover and the Bishops were off and running again.

"We had a chance in the third quarter to get back into the game, but we couldn't get over the hump," said Manning coach John Thames. "They never let us get any closer."

The Bishops finished the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 48-27 lead going into the final eight minutes of the game.

"We were sloppy at times," Runey said. "Manning forced a couple of turnovers, got a couple of easy baskets, but we didn't panic. We went back to playing our game and pulled away."

The Bishops went back to their crisp passing game and pressure defense in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points and easing into the next round of the playoffs.

"We're going to have to play better than this to get to where we want to go," Runey said.

Michelle Boykin had 15 points, while Mary Harriet Moore had 14 points and eight rebounds and Katelyn Grisillo added 13 points and four assists for the Bishops.

Manning (45): Muldrow 7, B. Nelson 7, White 9, Abraham 5, M. Nelson 2, York 6, Brown 5, Bell 4.

Bishop England (72): Katelyn Grisillo 13, K. Corbett 4, Amber Corbett 15, James 2, Michelle Boykin 15, Mary Harriet Moore 14, Lussier 2, Archambault 2.