When Birmingham put Bria
back in at the start of the third quarter, it was as if he'd released a hound.
"I was ready to jump through my skin," Bria
said of the second quarter."But I knew that my time would come.I had to be patient and cheer on everybody else.When I was down, everyone else picked it up."
This one featured seven ties and five lead changes.York Catholic (23-3) used its pressure to jump out to an early 11-3 lead, but Holy Name kept its poise and got back to within three at the end of the first quarter, despite having Bria
on the bench with two fouls.
The Jays stayed on top until midway through the fourth with the help of Bria's
12 third-quarter points, but they couldn't take a commanding lead.
The third-seeded Irish got back on top 44-43 with 3:58 to play on a Kara Lenz drive to the basket.The teams swapped leads before a Liz Moult put-back with 2:25 to go put Holy Name ahead 48-47.
The Jays never trailed again, but York Catholic kept it close with the help of two Megan Stewart 3-pointers.Fittingly, Bria
hit a lay-in and three free throws in the final 1:20 to ice it.
"It's huge," Bria
said."We don't have that much height, but I think we make it up with heart and hustle.It was a great win for the team.And now I have family bragging rights."Bria's uncle, Andy Bria, is the head coach of York Catholic.He
said if he
had to see his
season end, he
could rest a little easier knowing it was to his
"We did not handle it as well as we should have," Andy Bria
said of Holy Name's press, which helped create 28 turnovers.