Roland Park Country School did mostly what it wanted to do against visiting St. Vincent Pallotti on Wednesday night — except win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
The Reds (1-5, 0-2 conference) defended well, broke the full-court press with relative ease and hit the boards with a vengeance, yet they could not prevent the determined Panthers (4-2, 2-1) from grabbing a hard-fought 38-30 victory in Roland Park.
"We worked too hard to lose that game," Roland Park assistant coach Dani Kell said.
Pallotti was no slouch in the effort department either. The Panthers, who fell behind by as many as six points in the second quarter, rallied to take the lead, 26-24, in the final seconds of the third quarter on a clutch three-pointer by Drew Arnett.
She and several other reserves, including Kiaya Coleman, Kasey Calloway and Leah Whitehead, gave the Panthers a much-needed spark off the bench against the defensive-minded Reds.
Arnett, Pallotti coach Josh Pratt said, also found her scoring touch in a season-opening 48-47 triumph over Bishop McNamara by contributing four three-pointers.
"When I subbed them in (on Wednesday), things started to change," Pratt said about the foursome who outscored Roland Park's bench, 11-1.
The Reds also shot themselves in the feet by missing 10 (of 18) free throws.
"We missed way too many layups," Roland Park coach Scott Buckley said. "You can't do that and then miss that many free throws, too, against a good team."
Senior Beth Kelly, sophomore Lindsey Edwards and freshman Ryan Holder led the Reds with six points each.
Beverly Ogurinde paced the Panthers with 12 points.