Solo free throws by Jennifer Gast and Renee Gast pulled the Comets within one, 37-36, with 2:01 remaining.

That set up Renee Gast’s go-head layup and the lead for good.

But the final 1:42 got so intense that Catonsville girls lacrosse coach Becky Clipp, a fan at the game, thought she might go into labor early, and she’s not due for five weeks.

Both teams had multiple defensive stops.

After a Comet turnover, Western had the ball with 18 seconds left trailing by one, but pressure by Renee Gast and McDonald forced a pass away from the basket and defense by Wallace created a traveling violation with four seconds left.

Wallace sunk two free throws with one second left for the final score.

“The girls played hard,” Western coach Dafne Lee-Blakney said. “They left it all on the court. It was a team effort, but you win together and you lose together.”

Although he has seen only a couple of comebacks like that this season, Mohler has witnessed it from the girls in other sports.

“Something about these kids, from soccer and lacrosse, they know how to win,” said the Comet coach.

“By far, it the most exciting win,” Renee Gast said.. “I’m so happy.”

Catonsville 40
Renee Gast 13, Taylor Barton 11, Breya Wallace 8, Andrea McTaggart 3, Jennifer Gast 3, Lauren McDonald 2
Western 37
India Myles 13, Jaz Spruill 10, Kyaja Williams 7, Maiya Gibson 4, Donye Moses 3