South Cal girls survive, will meet Hermann for district crown

South Callaway rallied past Fatima Wednesday night to improve to 25-0 on the season. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

WESTPHALIA, Mo. --- Ho-hum, just another night at the gym for undefeated South Callaway.

Well, except for the first quarter,.

And the second.

And the third ... and most of the fourth.

But other than that ...

The Fatima Lady Comets were not impressed by South Callaway's perfect resume'. Hardly. They opened the game with a 14-0 explosion and held that lead until the final minute of the third quarter, before the Lady Bulldogs rallied for a 52-42 semifinal win in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals at Fatima.

There's a fine line between being perfect and being done for the season.

"We knew Fatima had all the manpower in the world to win this thing," Lady Bulldogs coach Darren Humphrey said. "But you know what? We just came through with determination.

"I wouldn't take any other group of girls than the group we have, with what we just went through and having that much trust in them. They're great a group, they're performers in the end."

But in the beginning, not so much ... at least on this night.

Fourth-seeded Fatima, which ends the season at 19-8, is the team that had the perfect start, hitting its first three shots and sprinting out to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 90 seconds. One of those was 3-pointer by Courtney Wolfe, who would later hit two more-3 balls as the lead blossomed to 14-0 with three minutes left in the opening quarter.

The key to the great start?

"We shot the ball well and executed," Fatima coach Matt Baker said.

Simple game.

The top-seeded Lady Bulldogs (25-0, ranked No. 2 in the state) were clearly knocked back on their heels.

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