"We scouted Southern in the District 4 championship game and knew their shooters were capable of hitting from long range," Notre Dame coach Josh Kopp said. "Their offense starts with dribble penetration and then kicking it back out to one of several good shooters and you have to go out and play them hard.
"At halftime we decided to try and slow down their tempo by changing our defense and the move worked out just fine."
Southern tried to keep up with the District 11 champion, but the wear and tear in fighting back in the third quarter -- plus the deeper Notre Dame bench -- proved to be too much. The Crusaders (21-5) came at the Tigers with fresh legs, wearing them down with a 30-16 scoring advantage in the second half (including a 16-6 run in the final eight minutes) to punch their ticket to the second round of state play. Southern finished the season with an impressive 19-7 mark.
Moran matched Altmire with 14 points, and McGivern contributed 11 for Notre Dame.
"Southern played well," Kopp said, "and didn't do anything we were not ready for in the game."
Lavella led all scorers with 20 points in her final game, including four treys, which moved her career total past 1,075. The only other Tigers' performer in double figures was Tomaschik with 10.
"There were people who didn't think we were good enough to be here but the coaching staff and players believed in each other," Collins said. "It was a nice ride getting here and would have been fun to get to the second round."