SHILLINGTON, Pa. - As Cardinal O'Hara players took their warm-ups Friday night, they saw their opponents wearing shirts with "Finish Strong" across the back.
The Lions never let Central Dauphin get that far.
O'Hara dominated from the start and easily defeated the Rams, 60-24, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAAA girls' basketball tournament at Governor Mifflin.
"We played great," Cardinal O'Hara coach Linus McGinty said. "I thought everybody played well."
O'Hara (23-6), The Inquirer's second-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, started the game on a 10-2 run and coasted to a 16-6 lead after eight minutes. The Lions continued their torrid pace in the second, going on a 14-2 burst sparked by senior forward Shanice Johnson to take a 33-12 lead into halftime.