John Carroll’s girls basketball team began celebrating Super Bowl Sunday long before the big game kicked off in Dallas later that evening.
The Patriots hosted first-place Notre Dame Prep in a IAAM B Conference battle for supremacy in the division and upset the Blazers 48-43 before a large crowd.
Notre Dame Prep got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and it looked like another tough day for John Carroll against their nemesis from Baltimore County.
No player on the Patriots roster had ever beaten the Blazers in their career. However, this day would be different as the home team roared back to outscore NDP 11-4 to close out the quarter.
Foul trouble forced the Patriots to go deep into their bench as both leading scorers for John Carroll, Miranda Ripken and Amanda Wolfe, spent considerate time on the pine with fouls.
The reserves for John Carroll were up to the challenge and helped the Patriots maintain the lead at the half. The second half saw the Patriots slowly take control of the game as they opened up a 10 point lead and made their foul shots down the stretch to close out the game and take the victory.
Amanda Wolfe, despite early foul trouble, led all scorers with 17 points while Maria Edwards chipped in 10 points and four assists from the point guard position.
The Blazers were led by Sydney Tommins and Mary Kate Conway, who both had 10 points each.
The John Carroll victory leaves both teams tied for first-place in Red Division of the B Conference. The Patriots will play three games in as many days to close out the regular season.