"Hey, Mother Hen," the St. Pius X coach yelled into the locker room.
"Yeah," responded Kim Brady.
"See," said Masleh. "She answers to that."
As the only senior on the team this year, Brady has assumed the role of mother hen for the young Winged Lions, watching over and worrying about her brood more than she does her own well-being.
For most of the season, Brady's offense has been missing in action. She scored in double figures only once in the first 18 games.
Recently, Brady decided her chicks were able to take care of themselves. As a result, her offense has taken flight.
Reaching double figures for the fifth time in the last seven games, Brady scored 18 points, collected 11 rebounds and dealt three assists to lead top-seeded St. Pius to a 60-40 victory over fourth-seeded Lower Moreland in the District 1-Class AA semifinals Tuesday night at Hatboro-Horsham High School.
The defending district champion Lions (19-6) will meet second-seeded Christopher Dock, a 42-38 winner over New Hope-Solebury, for the district title and a berth in the state tournament Friday night at a site and time to be determined.
"This year, being the only senior and the head captain, I ended up focusing more on my girls, making sure they had their heads in the game," said Brady. "Doing that, I took myself out of the game. I was more captain-coaching than playing.
"I realized by the end of the year, my senior year was almost over. I love playing the game. I hate sitting and watching, which I was doing a lot. I had to get my head back in the game. It was more like focusing. The more I think about the game, the more I was sending myself into panic mode. It was a matter of focusing and relaxing."
For a team that's driven by sophomore guards Ryan Mooney and Rayne Reber, St. Pius got a powerful performance from its inside people Tuesday night.
In addition to Brady's big numbers, junior Kristin Bone contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals, and junior substitute Lauren Magill added 11 points, seven boards and three steals.
Mooney finished with 10 points, seven steals, three assists and three rebounds. But Reber struggled with six points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists.
"They were all over Reber, which we expected," said Masleh. "We picked it up on the inside."
The Lions, who did not look sharp early following a 13-day layoff, got a huge boost off the bench from Magill, who scored nine of her 11 points in the first half to help Pius take a 33-22 lead into intermission.
"I really wanted to win this game," said Magill. "I wanted to get back to the championship. I really wanted to play my best. We started off slow. Then we really picked it up toward the end. I'm really proud of how we played.
"I saw we were kind of struggling at the beginning. I thought if I play my best, play to my potential, I could help the team out."
St. Pius opened a 17-point lead early in the third quarter, but junior Jamie Vanartsdalen (20 points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists) keyed a rally that sliced the lead to 10. But the Lions regained control and pulled away in the fourth period.
"We got that game under our belt," said Masleh. "Now we've got to get ready to play."