POTTSTOWN - While most of the St. Pius X girls basketball team is comprised of underclassmen, Kim Brady is the senior exception to the rule.
The 5-foot-8 forward, like the rest of the Winged Lions, hoped to be part of a Pioneer Athletic Conference championship team.
However, that goal was denied Wednesday night as Lansdale Catholic erased a 13-point first-half deficit and beat the Winged Lions, 55-47, at Strom Gymnasium.
Still, Brady did her part with team-highs of 14 points and nine rebounds on a night when the Crusaders outrebounded Pius 34-20.
"We came out strong," Brady said. "We really did."
The Winged Lions took a 32-23 halftime lead with Brady and Rayne Reber each scoring 10 points in the first 16 minutes of action.
For the game, Brady shot 5-for-11 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line. She also totaled four assists, two blocked shots and two steals in a complete effort.
"Once again, we were our own worst enemy," Brady said. "It was ourselves. We don't have the edge yet. We have young girls who are going to grow up to be excellent basketball players. Everybody has to be together."
The Winged Lions built a big lead against LC for the third time this year, but could not hold it in a rematch of last year's final round.
Pius X will continue to grow in coming years, but Brady will not be around to be part of the maturity. She is headed to Widener University next year to play volleyball, her other sports' love. But for this season, there are still the District 1-AA playoffs and possibly a state berth.
"It's tough being it's the last few games," Brady said of being a senior. "But every minute here I love it. It makes it all worth it."
Pius X coach Joe Masleh credited Brady with a strong showing on the boards and at the charity stripe.
"She is shooting 85 percent from the line the last five games," he said. "We didn't go to the boards at all in the second half."
As a team, though, Pius shot 6-for-9 at the line while LC finished 13-for-21.
The Crusaders got big rebounding efforts from their guards, freshman Michele Brokans (nine) and senior Lindsay Formica (seven).
"That was key," Formica said. "We had to keep them off the boards. (Kristin) Bone and Brady both can rebound."
Victorious coach Maggie deMarteleire thought the rebounding advantage was a definite plus.
"We work on boxing out drills every day," deMarteleire said. "We are not the tallest team. We work hard and do things right when we are rebounding."
Brady made both her steals in the first half when the Lions had 10 steals in all and forced 13 of 20 LC turnovers for the game. The Lions finished with 13 miscues.