WINSTON-SALEM — Bishop McGuinness took home the bronze for the girls basketball tournament at the Powerade Games.
The Lady Villains, who won the state 1A title this spring, lost just once in seven games over the three-day event at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Alexander Central took home the gold and Greensboro Day the silver. Bishop had beaten both of those teams in pool play, but lost in a rematch with Alexander Central in the semifinals.
Winston-Salem Prep also took part in the tourney, but came up a win shy of the semifinals.
The games opened on a Friday morning. Teams played twice on Friday and Saturday to establish who the top teams would be for the quarterfinals.
Winston-Salem Prep edged North Wilkes 39-37 in the first game at 9 a.m. In the afternoon, the Lady Phoenix lost a close 58-51 game to the eventual champions of Alexander Central.
Bishop also had a nail-biter 9 a.m. game on an adjacent court, squeaking past Greensboro Day 42-41. In the afternoon, the Villains had an easier time with Northern Nash, winning 49-30.
On Saturday morning, Prep trounced T.W. Andrews 51-28, while Bishop crushed Westover 66-11. The two area teams didn’t play again until 7:30 p.m.
Prep had its turn to whip Westover, winning 58-21. Meanwhile, Bishop narrowly defeated Alexander Central 50-46.
In the quarterfinals Sunday morning, Bishop made short work of Atkins 38-16, while Prep fell to Greensboro Day 54-50.
The Villains couldn’t defeat Alexander Central a second time, falling in the semifinals 46-34.
The Lady Cougars went on to beat Greensboro Day 62-61, while Bishop won the bronze medal game 38-30 over Chapel Hill.
Bishop McGuinness has won the past seven 1A state titles, but it shouldn’t feel too disappointed in finishing third. Alexander Central went 21-8 at the top 4A level, and Greensboro Day went 18-6 at the 3A level.