Class AAA girls: St. Pius 77, Dawson County 55

Macon — When she was a freshman, the announcer at St. Pius hung the nickname on Asia Durr. She was “Asia-the-Amaze-You.” Rarely over her two-year career has she failed to live up to that billing and Saturday in the Class AAA championship game she was at times hard to believe.

The sophomore guard shot it effectively, threw some no-look passes that caused the crowd to visibly gasp and led the No. 3 Golden Lions to a 77-55 over No. 9 Dawson County at the Macon Coliseum and its first state championship since 2007.

“I’m lost. I don’t feel anything yet,” Durr said after getting 26 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. “Without my teammates, I don’t think I’d be here. They gave me the rock and I scored.”

She had plenty of help, too. Junior Jasmine Carter, her running mate at guard and teammate on a national AAU championship team, had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Mackenzie Garrison added 11 points, which included three 3-pointers.

“I didn’t feel like they could guard both of our guards,” said St. Pius coach Kyle Snipes. “When it was apparent what they were going to do, we decided to lean hard on Asia, and Jasmine did a good job creating things for Asia and for herself.”

St. Pius (30-3) did a defensive number of Dawson’s one-two punch of Carly Gilreath and Sheyenne Seabolt. Gilreath, the point guard, was hassled for 32 minutes and scored only 14 on 4-for-16 shooting. Seabolt, the sophomore post, scored 14 and fouled out early in the fourth quarter.

Dawson (27-6) hung as close as it did thanks to unheralded sophomore Ashley Parker, who came off the bench to score 20 points and grab eight rebounds. But Dawson, normally deadly on 3-pointers, missed its first 11 and made only 5 of 28.

St. Pius opened the game like it was going to run the table. Carter scored six and Durr scored five as the Golden Lions jumped out to an 11-1 start. But Dawson County got into the flow of the game and responded with a 10-3 run, thanks to three baskets by Parker and two by Gilreath, and cut the lead to 16-13 after the first period.

“Even though we had a big lead, I think we relaxed a little,” Snipes said. “Maybe we got a little wild-eyed.”

Dawson County continued to ride the momentum into the second period, tying the game at 16-16 and taking a 21-19 lead on a 3-pointer from Seabolt. With the Dawson-heavy crowd going crazy, St. Pius found an answer on back-to-back treys from Carter and Mackenzie Garrison. The Golden Lions then began to drive to the basket with its all-state guard tandem of Durr and Carter. Pius went to line on five straight trips and made 9 of 10 free throws to complete a 15-0 run and take a 34-21 lead with 2:46 left in the half. A three-point play by Durr, who had 13 points at the half, helped Pius to a 39-27 lead at intermission.

Pius began to run away in the third quarter thanks to a 14-4 run to open the period and stretch the lead to 53-31. Dawson County never got closer than 16 the rest of the game.

Dawson County: Gilreath 14, Seabolt 14, Costley 5, Seitz 2, Parker 20

St. Pius: Garrison 11, Carter 19, Durr 26, Daves 3, Redmond 9, Allen 4, Thomas 1, Varner 2, Tuttle 2

43 comments Add your comment

Bob Russell

March 9th, 2013
6:47 pm

Congrats St Pius X

Winks

March 9th, 2013
7:36 pm

Fantastic! Wish I could’ve been there. Congratulations to the Lady Golden Lions, coach Snipe and the staff.

Winks

March 9th, 2013
7:36 pm

I meant coach Snipes.

Black

March 9th, 2013
8:40 pm

Winks: did snipes coach Kelly Cain or was it a woman name Dunn! If so where is the old coach

Seen a few

March 9th, 2013
8:42 pm

Fantastic game . Great atmosphere and these girls on SPX dominated. A true team effort. Asia Durrl literally wowed the crowd with her break away hi jinx on the dumbfounded defenders. The fans there for other boy’s games were totally blown away by Asia Durr’s moves. Their reactions were indicative of the sheer amazement of basketball fans to her talents. She’s a sophomore and watch out legacy’s of Maya Moore and others. A truly special talent that a true Bball fan needs to see while she’s close by.

AE F

March 9th, 2013
9:15 pm

Coach Dunn coached Cain and now coaches at Berry College

PiusDad

March 9th, 2013
10:01 pm

I echo Seen a fews comment, if you’re a hoop fan, make sure you see Asia Durr the next two years. Simply amazing, this girl can do it all at 15 years old. I shudder to think how good she’s going to be in college.

Great job, Coach Snipes. Teams tried to game plan again Jasmine and Asia, but Mackenzie and the other girls stepped up as coach spread the floor. Golden Lions are having quite a year across all sports, but this Lady Lions bball club stands on it’s own, great job, ladies!

Whit

March 9th, 2013
11:57 pm

Congrats Dawson Lady Tigers on a great season and for finishing the season as the top PUBLIC school with local players. There something to say about all the teams that develop all of your talent locally.

So your point is?

March 10th, 2013
8:45 am

And of course Lorenzo Carter at Norcross via Whitfield Academey was home grown? Public schools recruit at the the elite levels in the AAU leagues. The AAU teamates want to play together in high school and they simply move to the same district to ensure they do. Buford has open enrollment for a fee and they’re a PUBLIC school. Same for Decatur. Dawson county has a good team. Learn to win and lose with grace instead of crying about how the system works. Pius will be back next year so get back in the gym and work hard so the result is different next year.

north ga granny

March 10th, 2013
9:09 am

You can check Dawsons girls.They are all from Dawson.Most of their parents and grandparents played ball at Dawson.We are not Buford or any other school that recruits.

The Golden Lion

March 10th, 2013
9:17 am

Whit, the only question yesterday was whether the Pius basketball team would outscore the Pius football team against you chumps. Bring your boys back next year and we’ll see if we can’t hang 70+ points on you again. Your girls played hard and represented themselves well but your fans were disgraceful. Booing Pius before the game and while trophy was being being presented, really?

Neutral Observer

March 10th, 2013
9:37 am

Chanting “Over rated” when Asia Durr missed a shot. What goes around comes around. People use different things to get motivated. Note to Dawson County. Ya might not wanna do that again.

SPXFamilyOfFour

March 10th, 2013
9:46 am

Whit, you are mistaken that you’re the top PUBLIC school team because if we hadn’t beaten Buford, they would have beaten you for the 4th time this season. Our student body comes from all over because it’s a regional Catholic school. My kids travel 40 miles and a friend travels 63 miles ( all non-athletes ) to attend. We offer NO athletic scholarships, only financial help to ANY family in need. Your girls played hard, worthy of a team in the championship game. Both teams showed genuine respect for each other, shaking hands and offering words of praise while waiting for the trophy presentation.That a large number of your fans booed the SPX girls was disappointing, something we would only expect from Woodward ( who booed our boys at the regional trophy presentation ). These girls and your football team were a scrappy bunch, playing tough, with a no quit attitude. If they are an indication of your sports program, there is no need to worry about who you play.

Another One

March 10th, 2013
10:12 am

Real classy by Dawson to boo during the trophy presentation as well.

north ga granny

March 10th, 2013
10:43 am

Why would you want to drive that far to attend?Do you not want to associate with children that attend pubic school?I could have taken my daughter to another school .The problem with private schools is that sometimes you wind up with the same teachers that have taught at public schools.

SPX Fan

March 10th, 2013
10:54 am

Granny. Please stop embarrassing yourself and spew your words on some other blog.

Left Coast Dawg

March 10th, 2013
11:09 am

Yeah Granny, if you have to ask why someone would drive that far then you are clueless; relegating your comment about the teachers irrelevant.

Left Coast Dawg

March 10th, 2013
11:17 am

There is a true difference between a Catholic or Private School upbringing versus the Public School route. There are numerous values and morals instilled in kids those kids unlike what the public school kids receive. This provides a secondary layer of enforcement in addition to what the kids parents should be providing at home. But, we all know the home training is not always there. So, while I’m not saying that there are no good kids to come out of public schools, one reason you are driving that far is to ensure your are investing in your kids’ upbringing as well as education (which is another story).

Reg

March 10th, 2013
11:55 am

Congratulations to St. Pius X for winning the state championship. You have an excellent team with good players that are extremely well coached. What a plasure it is to see good players that are strengthened by quality coaching. A class team in every way. Even the moonshine drinking fans for the opposing team couldn’t stop their team from making the finals. Dawson is a fine team.

Walt Bellemy #8

March 10th, 2013
1:27 pm

What I have seen and what I have heard :,
Dawson County you are a very good team. The use of the GLASS by your post players was truly refreshing and is something you don’t see much at the high school level. It made me smile as a former post player. Truth is if at half you were shooting 50% from 3 point line you would of led at the half. But it is tough to shoot long range in the unfamiliar bigger locations.Your basketball team is very well coached. Coach Sweat’s tenure there is a testament to what his ability is as a teacher and a coach. @North Ga Granny as we say at St. Pius X “tradition never graduates” and your school and the your woman’s program truly exemplifies that by having legacy’s players there. We also have not only legacy students at our school and athletes as well. We proudly have children of coaches playing as well ! (she sure can hit those 3’s ! )
At the cost of St. Pius tuition to have tons of 2nd generation students and a couple 3rd generation students they are a part of the proud heritage since 1958. Paying tuition is not easy in this day and time but we feel it is well worth it. We routinely have 500 applications for 275 seats in the freshman class every year. We do not give extra points to someone who shoots a 3 pointer or a 4,4 40 yard dash and consideration but rather goes to children of active Catholic Alumni.
You did not complain when you beat another Catholic school or the city school Decatur that takes tuition money so don’t take away from your team’s great effort now.
I was surprise to hear BOOING from YOUR PARENTS section yesterday at the trophy presentation! I kinda expect it from one or two students but parents it was just over the top. I talked to a few football parents after your game with us last fall and have a lot of respect for them. We had home field that night, more players on the team and you were probably smaller size that us, but they made no excuses I guess your basketball parents just don’t measure up to the football parents.Love your QB that night what an arm.
Come visit us during school and learn what we are about we would welcome that.
Domini Sumus…………..

Walt Bellemy #8

March 10th, 2013
1:31 pm

If you are truly St. Pius Fans knock off being negative it is just as wrong as booing……

SPXFamilyOfFour

March 10th, 2013
1:51 pm

Nothing against public school kids or teachers Granny. Our kids just wanted to attend a school where they could practice their religion. It’s hard but well worth the sacrifices we make. I am sure that Dawson HS is a fine institution and does a great job of preparing its students for the next level. That’s what makes this country so great, that we can make choices in what is important to each of us.

bballfan

March 10th, 2013
2:25 pm

I went down to Macon to catch many of the games. The best games were Miller Groves boys vs Gainesville, Johnson vs Savannah and St. Pius vs Dawson County. I was amazed at how they packed the Macon Coliseum for the St. Pius vs Dawson County games. It holds about 10,000 and that’s about how many they had at the game. Dawson County must have brought out the whole entire county. Was very disappointed in how the adults were booing the St. Pius girls when they came out the locker room, during introduction and during the trophy presentation. That was the most classless thing I’ve seen. I was so glad to see St. Pius whip them the way they did. Dawson County can blame their student section. When they start chanting “overrated” to Asia Durr, you can see her look at them, smile, gave a couple of claps and then just straight up went to work on them. Just like folks learned not to do that to Lebron, they will learn not to do that to a player like that.

north ga granny

March 10th, 2013
2:29 pm

Well the worst cussing I ever heard was outside our gym one night on a school bus from a private chritian school.Kids are kids I do not care wher they go to school.I want to ask you a question why were there notany black girls cheerleading just on the basbetball team?

Roy D. Mercer

March 10th, 2013
3:17 pm

Granny,
Why do you ask? Why do you care? What are you insinuating? Have you been wronged? I can only hope you are happy and have other issues to not worry about. I wish you the best.

SPX Fan

March 10th, 2013
3:51 pm

Granny. I am again astounded by your ignorance. I would invite you to visit our school and I personally will be your guide. I have been involved with SPX for over 40 years and understand the culture that makes SPX so great.

St Pius Fan

March 10th, 2013
9:17 pm

Granny: Get over it your school was classles and we are ST PIUS…… Great job girls way to follow up that football A–Kicking………….. St Pius St Champs

Pius Pride

March 11th, 2013
6:31 am

Stay golden SPX… no stooping! Great season Dawson, be proud and keep working hard on what is good.

SPX

March 11th, 2013
9:38 am

Katie Kulavic, St Pius Legend.

Pius Pride

March 11th, 2013
9:43 am

… Kerry was impressive too!

Bball Mom

March 11th, 2013
12:41 pm

There is a BIG difference between Dawson county adults booing kids during warm ups, introduction and the trophy presentation. It is no wonder the kids have NO class, it is a learned behavior from the parents. I thought the ESPN #1 ranked player, Asia Durr, handled the poor spectators well by showing them better than arguing with morons. Sometimes, kids can be our best teacher on how to act…

Reg

March 11th, 2013
2:06 pm

Dawson has a very good team. A history of moonshine as one’s favorite beverage makes a lot people howl…or boo.

Jim

March 11th, 2013
2:51 pm

The referees were horrible in this game. Dawson County definitely lacked defense and could not rebound, but they were playing both St. Pius and the referees. That to me was a shame.

North Ga Pihi Parent

March 11th, 2013
5:54 pm

Granny, I am a Cheer/swim/track mom in Caton. I sent my children to Pius as the schools in our area DO Not meet the intellectual needs of our children. We have the added benefit of meeting their spiritual needs as well. Let’s just say an athletic scholarship for our four kids would be help…if Pius recruited/offered them. Until then, I will do what it takes. Our cheer squads are simply taken from who shows up to tryouts. As we have separate squads for spirit and competition, VBBall is notoriously hard to field. Many families do not want to/ cannot accommodate the schedule. On the teachers: if the teachers at Dawson are treated more as extended family, and the children respecting them as such, then we are both blessed. Our teachers truly care, and I have never seen an administration so knowledgeable about what goes on in every classroom as Mr. Spellman and his staff

North Ga Pihi Parent

March 11th, 2013
5:57 pm

@ Jim,

If you feel that is the case, Pius is a school where we would LOVE to play against Dawson again and with your hand picked refs. I can assure you that the win was from nothing more than hardworking,dedicated young women.

Observer

March 12th, 2013
11:25 am

I live near Macon and I watched all 6 games on Saturday. I have no affiliation or ties to any of the schools that were playing on Saturday. I will have to say that while Pius was the better team, the referees during the game were the worst set of the 6 all day. They didn’t make the same calls on both end of the court and it was obvious. I think this led to the DC players getting frustrated. I think St. Pius was the better team, but I think the game would have been closer had the officiating been more consistent.

I admire great talent

March 12th, 2013
1:11 pm

Had Buford been #2 in their region or SPX been #2 in their region, those two teams would have likely been at the state championship game as Dawson County would have had to play one of them earlier in the playoffs.

Perhaps Granny should count her blessings that Buford was better than Dawson County, thus allowing them to go that far. After all, Dawson County lost to Buford THREE times this year!

Furthermore, a little fact checking and statistical analysis would show that St. Pius consistently out scored Dawson County, whether you look at top two scorers or overall team percentages. Dawson County also has a high percentage of points allowed.

north ga granny

March 12th, 2013
8:25 pm

Since Buford recruits I do not see the point.Oh and by the way St pius if I get to the pearley gate I will not have to worry about supporting a school that recruits.They may not let me in but at least it will not be for that.

Confused about Granny

March 13th, 2013
9:44 am

Granny,

When my grandmother started talking like this I just hugged and said it’s ok granny.

Finger Pointing

March 13th, 2013
2:54 pm

The game was a superb one on Saturday, even though the outcome was not as I had hoped. I, like the SPX folks, was very disappointed in the fans that were booing at various times, however, I would NEVER make a comment on a public forum accusing such behavior unless I was 100% certain about the facts. I am an extremely proud Mom of a DCHS Lady Tiger and would never boo another player, nor were any of the other parents that were sitting near me booing. Actually, our discussion immediately was what a poor reflection such behavior was on our entire county. There may have been adult Dawson fans that were booing, but none were parents of the Lady Tigers. While they may be parents, I’m not sure, they certainly were not parents of a Lady Tiger. I feel the need to clarify that inaccurate statement.

Also, I’m not sure if prophecy is a current practice of the Catholic faith, and it might be, as I stated, I’m not up to date with all the current practices of that faith, but unless prophecy is a current practice, I’m not sure how anyone can predict what might have happened or would have happened in another game with Dawson and Buford. I do know, as a born again Christian, that I have faith in God that He let things happen for a reason and I trust in that. It was His will for Dawson to play in the championship game and to me, that says it all. It’s not for me to question or say what if. It’s my job to be a positive role model for my player and every player, no matter which team.

dawson fan

March 13th, 2013
5:30 pm

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dawson fan

March 13th, 2013
5:48 pm

Dawson girls deserved to be in the championship game. They payed great teams and won…. I was at the game and was embarrassed by the booing. I`m sure most Dawson fans felt the same. Don`t judge all of us by a few….

Joe Friday

March 14th, 2013
12:31 pm

I think I’ve figured out that Dr. Wilson is North Ga. Granny with comments on this story and comments in the Dawson Newspaper from this week.