Sailors watched a 14-point lead dwindle to just two late but hung on for 52-49 win in IAAM B Conference action. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!)
The Mount de Sales girls basketball team built a 14-point, fourth quarter advantage as it appeared the Sailors would coast to a win on Friday night in the latest edition of the VSN/FOX 45 Game of the Week.
But visiting Notre Dame Prep had other ideas. The Blazers cut their deficit to just two but a late turnover and a made free-throw by Sailors' guard Kara Hand helped Mount de Sales pull out a 52-49 in a pivotal IAAM B Conference game.
“We respect [Notre Dame Prep] and I’m sure they respect us. They are a very good team,” said Mount de Sales head coach Trish Armstrong. “This was a big win.”
Seniors Mary Kate Facchina and Hannah Schmidt (11 rebounds, five blocks) each scored 12 points for the host Sailors (12-4 overall, 7-0 league). Sophomore forward Gabby Cha added 10 points for the Catonsville school.
Notre Dame Prep (12-3, 6-1) was led by senior guard Katie McKenna, who finished with game-high 13 points. Mary Kate Conway added 12 points, while Sydney Tommins and Rachel Quinn combined for 17 points.
Both teams came into the contest with identical 6-0 marks in the B Conference. Since they are in different divisions inside of the conference, the two squads will only meet again in the playoffs. If both remain atop their respective divisions, to play again would be in the league title game.
Schmidt said the win gives Mount de Sales a little bit of confidence in case the teams meet again but doesn’t think the win will go to her team’s head.
“We can never take it as, we’re going to beat them [again] guaranteed but we know that we can beat them, so it does give us confidence,” she said.
The Sailors went on a 14-2 run to start the third quarter to take a 36-25 lead after trailing by a single point at halftime. In the spurt that lapsed almost five minutes off the clock, Facchina drilled two three-pointers. Cha, Schmidt, Gabby Clarke and Melissa Singer all had two points in the run.
“Mary Kate, unfortunately, has not been looking for her shot lately. She has a great shot and we’ve been telling her to look for it and she did,” said Armstrong.
“We came out in the second half really pumped up,” said Facchina, who had nine second half points. “We just kicked it in to Hannah and she saw the outlet so we were able to score some points off that."
Amanda Miller and Schmidt finished off a passes from Hand early in the fourth quarter to give Mount de Sales a commanding 44-31 lead. The momentum was on the Sailors’ side but the Blazers showed a lot or resolve by not letting the game get too far out of hand.
Down by 14 points with 5:28 left to play, Notre Dame made a charge of their own. An 8-0 run that included four points from McKenna, a steal and converted layup by Timmons and two free throws by Conway made it a 49-43 game in favor of the Sailors.
Notre Dame kept pressing and after Conway scored with 18.2 seconds remaining, Mount de Sales’ lead was cut to 51-49.
On the next possession, the Sailors missed a free throw and Conway came down with the rebound. It appeared she lost control of the ball out of bounds but the referees said a timeout was called, allowing Notre Dame to keep possession.
But the Blazers were called for traveling, giving it back to home team. Hand was fouled with 14 seconds left and hit the front end of a one-and-one, moving the Sailors’ lead to 52-49.
“It was really important to make that free-throw because there wasn’t much time left and they could only tie the game,” Hand said. “I had to concentrate really hard. I just zoned everyone out and had confidence.”
An off balanced three-point attempt by McKenna hit off the backboard and landed out of bounds to wrap the game up for Mount de Sales.
“We were happy that we came back but at the same time…there was no need for a comeback if we made our shots in the third quarter and not get down in that hole; things would have been a lot different,” said Notre Dame Prep coach Katie Marks.
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|Mount de Sales 52, No. 19 Notre Dame Prep 49|
|Notre Dame Prep:
Hartman 2, Healy 2, Stanwick 3, Quinn 8, McKenna 13, Conway 12, Tommins 9. Totals 19 10-19 49.
|Mount de Sales:
Facchina 12, Hand 3, Curley 2, Clarke 3, Robb 2, Singer 4, Schmidt 12, Cha 10, Miller 4.Totals 20 8-14 52.
Last Updated (Saturday, 22 January 2011 00:34)