Lions ease into Final Four

Kingwood Christian School rolls onto the Huntington College campus Thursday hoping this time to arrive home as champions.

Twice in the past three years, the Lady Lions were runner-up in the Alabama Independent Schools Association state tournament. However, one of the reasons this year may be different came Friday with an uncharacteristic, 70-36 victory over Jackson Academy in the quarterfinals.

&8220;In a tournament game, I don&8217;t think I&8217;d ever expect that kind of margin of victory,&8221; Coach Jerry Stearns said.

One of the factors in the 34-point difference was the team&8217;s 13 3-point baskets, including eight from Kaitlin Rozof, who finished with a game-high 28 points.

&8220;If you give us a shot, we&8217;re going to shoot the three, and Kaitlin&8217;s been very hot recently,&8221; Stearns said.

Hannah Phillips had 12 points in the win.

The Lady Lions meet Lowndes County Thursday at 11 a.m. for a state semi-final rematch of a 46-34 Kingwood victory from earlier in the season. A win could pit a rematch with Marion Military Institute in Friday&8217;s championship. The two split a pair of games during the regular season.