It’s a (two) banner year for Cathedral Panthers basketball.
Cathedral High School girls basketball clinched their first Division IV state title on Saturday in a 45-41 win over Millis. The girls denied Millis, a two-time defending state champion, a three-peat at Springfield College’s Blake Arena for the MIAA tournament finals.
In what MassLive Sports characterized as a “stifling defensive performance” the Panthers won their first state title appearance since 1984. The girls had a long journey to earning the state crown. First recognized as Catholic Central League Small champions, the girls played through four elimination-style sectional tournament games, earning the South Division 4 sectional championship title in the process. They continued their advance to the state tournament at the TD Garden besting both New Mission and Millis to claim the crown.
The Cathedral Panthers boys varsity basketball team also made Catholic Central League Small champions, earned the South Division 4 MIAA sectional champions title, and made it to the state semi-finals where they played a very respectable game narrowly losing 65-64 to St. Mary’s of Lynn.
Congratulations, Cathedral Panthers basketball!