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Dalanna Carter sizes up a defender during Lutheran High North's Jan. 9 game against the Village School. LHN defeated McKinney Cornerstone Christian Saturday afternoon to capture the TAPPS Class 3 state title. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

Private-school girls basketball fans in Texas might be tiring of seeing Lutheran High North at the state championship game – but the Lady Lions likely aren’t tiring of making the almost annual trip.

They secured their spot in the final once again Tuesday night with a resounding reminder of why they’re the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ top-ranked squad in TAPPS 3A.

LHN ran past the Round Rock Christian Crusaders 78-56, punching its ticket to a state final for the fourth time in the past seven seasons. This was on the heels of a 67-40 win in the regional round against Tomball Rosehill on March 6.

Sophomore standout Dalanna Carter led the way for the Lady Lions once more against Round Rock Christian, scoring 34 points on the night.

Under head coach John Slomcheck, the Lady Lions won the TAPPS 4A state title in 2017 and also made championship game appearances in 2015 (3A) and 2019 (4A).

The Lady Lions (21-3) will face McKinney Cornerstone Christian Academy (15-1) for the TAPPS 3A title at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

SPX falls to Village School

In other girls playoff action, St. Pius X had its season come to end March 6 at the hands of the top-ranked Village School, losing 67-34 to finish the season with a 12-9 overall record. Zachara Perkins led SPX with 14 points and six rebounds.

SPX will graduate seniors Nikita D’souza and Alexis McGregor, but will likely return its leading scorer and rebounder next season in Perkins (19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds) along with Breelyn Sanborn (14.1 points) and Farren Donald-Wright (10.9 points).

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