Rogers, Lady Friars Earn 2019 State Title in Dramatic Fashion

In a four-year varsity career full of jaw-dropping highlights, senior Endyia Rogers saved her two best performances for last, leading the Lady Friars to wins over third-ranked Prestonwood Christian and second-ranked The Village School and capturing the 2019 TAPPS 6A Girls State Championship.

Rogers – who will suit up for USC in the fall – dropped 39 points, including the game-winning three-point shot with 10 seconds left, and added nine rebounds and five assists in Friday's state semifinal rubber match against PCA.

There was no letting up the following night as she torched The Village for 40 points, including 17 points in the pivotal third period, and added a game-high 13 rebounds and eight assists in the championship game.

But don't let the numbers fool you, while Rogers certainly stole the show, the prize would not be won without some terrific supporting acts, including Paige Bradley's 17 points and nine rebounds in the championship game, along with 10 points and five rebounds in the semifinal.

Natalie Lark's all-around efforts, key minutes off the bench for junior varsity call-up Becca Wright, and big plays at crucial times in both games by Addison KnottTalia DePetrillo, and Victoria Jordanproved vital to the teams' success.

As if those storylines weren't enough, there's also Jaida Thomas. The senior – injured early in Friday's semifinal contest and on crutches prior to Saturday's championship game – entered for the final moments (hopping on one good leg) and swished a three-point shot as the final buzzer sounded. 

It's the 25th state title won by Andy Zihlman and the 29th for the program, most by any program in the nation. For Rogers and Thomas, it's their second in three years. 

Saturday's game marked the end of four high school careers as seniors Rogers, Thomas, Jeanie Kohler, and Clare Simpson played their final minutes in Bishop Lynch uniforms.