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Kalifa Davy, Chastity Taylor lead St. Anthony's to state CHSAA final

St. Anthony's forward Kalifa Davy is defended by

St. Anthony's forward Kalifa Davy is defended by St. Mary's center Charlotte Renker in a CHSAA Class AA state semifinal girls basketball game on March 7, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

St. Anthony's and St. Mary's met again Friday night in the latest installment of a growing rivalry.

In their previous meeting, Sunday's CHSAA championship, the Gaels prevailed and denied the Friars a fourth-straight league title.

Hungry to reverse the script, Kalifa Davy scored 17 points and Chastity Taylor had 16 to lead St. Anthony's to a 60-53 victory in a state CHSAA Class AA semifinal at Holy Trinity.

The Friars (25-4) will face Nazareth for the state title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity.

"I'm very proud of these girls for being resilient and being able to get to this level," St. Anthony's coach Ken Parham said.

On St. Mary's, Parham added, "whenever you lose a game, you want to make sure you can come back and take care of someone who's able to beat you.

"They had a great season and playing them four times was an honor, because they're very good. I love that competition."

Davy, a senior forward who missed Sunday's game, said she was happy to contribute and added, "I was ready to win."

Davy also was responsible for helping slow down St. Mary's forward Jordan Agustus, who scored 29 points on Sunday. She scored 15 Friday night, but was held to two points after one quarter and six at halftime.

"We had to make her be a jump shooter," Davy said, and the team executed well, forcing the 6-1 junior to take a number of mid- and long-range shots.

"She's really hard to guard," Parham said of Agustus. "She still had 15 points. We tried to keep her within reason. We know she's going to score, there's nothing we can do to totally stop her. We gave her a lot of attention."

The score was tied at 47 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter before St. Anthony's went on a 9-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from Taylor with about 2:30 left.

"I just knew I had to make an impact somehow," said Taylor, one of the leading scores in the CHSAA, who was held to nine points on Sunday.

Of her five field goals Friday night, perhaps none were bigger than her third three-pointer.

"It pumped us up," Taylor said of the shot.

Charise Wilson added 11 points for St. Anthony's.

Mei-Lin Batusta (22-6) led St. Mary's with 16 points.

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