"I'll be surprised if my wife doesn't have her list with her," he added, forcing a weary smile.
Dougherty (18-8) won the regular-season championship in the Catholic North, but that failed to impress Kenrick (16-10), which outscored the Cardinals in the middle two periods, 35-22, on its way to the surprisingly easy victory.
After barely scraping into the playoffs - the Knights won their last four games to earn the fourth playoff spot - Kenrick now gets to play in the division championship game against North Catholic (15-11), a 49-44 winner over Archbishop Ryan (17-9) in yesterday's first game at Villanova. The division final is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at duPont Pavilion, before Roman Catholic and Archbishop Carroll are to meet for the Southern Division title.
Making a great deal of difference for the Knights yesterday was Ed Scott, a 6-foot-3 junior who was dismissed from the team in the middle of last season. Scott scored a game-high 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, distributed 5 assists and helped the Knights establish a beachhead under the basket against Dougherty, which was led by 6-5 center Rodger Tabb, who had 18 points.
Because Scott played his part well yesterday - and because no one on Dougherty other than Tabb and point guard Bob Coppolino (13 points) filled more than a cameo role - the curtain fell in a hurry on the Cardinals, who lost last year to Roman in the league championship game.
"I'll be honest," Heimerdinger said. "My greatest fears were confirmed today. We're not that much better than the rest of the division. Our shortcomings were very, very, very evident today."
Now Kenrick will try to expose the shortcomings of North Catholic, which hit 16 of 19 free throws in its victory over Ryan. The Falcons were 10 for 10
from the line in the fourth quarter, and were 6 for 6 in the game's final minute, when they wiped out Ryan's 44-43 lead.
"I think this is a team that keeps its poise," North coach Joe Rapczynski said. "I think if we were going to lose a game, it was going to be today."
North was led from the free-throw line by its backcourt brother combination of Kevin and Tim Comey. Kevin Comey sank four free throws in the final quarter - including a pair that put North ahead with 59 seconds to play, 45-44. Twenty seconds later, Tim Comey sank two free throws to stretch the Falcons' lead to 47-44.
Because North's post-practice pizza party Saturday was delayed by a tardy delivery man, the Comey brothers stayed on the court and shot nearly 400 free throws.
Never were missing pizzas appreciated so much by a basketball team.
"We're crediting this win to the pizza man," Rapczynski said. "I wasn't going to order from the pizza man because he threw off my practice schedule. But now I'm going to order one from him every day of the week for the next year."