Some might see it as deja vu, but Vincentian views it as one step closer to a PIAA championship.
For the third year in a row, the Lady Royals ousted District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic in the PIAA quarterfinals with a 56-29 drubbing Saturday at Butler High School.
"I just think they are one of the best teams out of District 10 and we are one of the best teams out of District 7 and it is like a little friendly rivalry," Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief said. "There is no animosity between the teams, just good competition."
The competition was tough and, at times, sloppy, as the teams combined for 43 fouls and 52 turnovers -- Kennedy Catholic had 31 miscues and Vincentian turned it over 22 times.
The Royals and Golden Eagles were knotted at 12-12 early in the second quarter when Vincentian's sophomore point guard Torrieonna Cash -- who had seven points in the first quarter -- went to the bench with her second foul.
"We were in foul trouble in our man-to-man and we switched over to our zone and it kind of slowed them down and we held them in check ever since then," Moncrief said.
"Once we switched to the zone, they got a little stagnant on offense and we were able to get some steals and easy baskets."
After Cash's departure, the Royals ended the quarter on a 16-2 run to take a 28-14 lead at the half.
Vincentian added to the lead in the second half, led by junior Brenna Wise's 15 points and 13 rebounds. Also reaching double figures were Cash with 12 points and Kayla Key with 10. Rebekah Kish led Kennedy Catholic with nine points.
The Royals will face Bishop Guilfoyle Tuesday in the PIAA semifinals for the second year in a row for the chance to return to the PIAA title game.
"It feels pretty great," Wise said. "We always had unfinished business from day one with what happened last year. We lost by 17 points in Hershey and I don't ever forget that score, we don't ever forget that feeling and we remind ourselves of that because we are not letting anything get in between us and that state title."