Grace Greene's sharpshooting helped Bryn Mawr outlast visiting Notre Dame Prep Thursday. NDP cut a seven-point deficit to one point with 17 seconds remaining, but Greene sank a pair of clutch free throws to seal the Mawrtians' 49-46 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference girls basketball game.
Greene, a 5-foot-9 power forward, finished with 20 points, including her team's last eight. She went 5-for-7 from the field and made all 10 of her free throw attempts.
"After she made some free throws early in the game, she was feeling good," Bryn Mawr coach Mimi Walters said. "I felt Grace took shots when she was open and she got into a zone. She was really confident. She has been a key player for us all year."
Before Thursday, Bryn Mawr (9-5 overall, 3-2 league) had struggled against the Blazers.
"NDP has so been so strong and at the top of the league the last few years," Walters said of a program that has gone 93-32 under coach Katie Marks from 2008 to 2013. "We hadn't beaten them in four of five years."
NDP almost continued that winning streak with a late rally thanks to the performance of 5-foot-8 junior guard Marissa Varnado, who scored a career-high 26 points.
She had 13 points in the second half, including seven in the last two minutes.
"Her performance was clutch," Marks said. "Every play down the stretch we called for her. Without her, we couldn't have been in the game."
Bryn Mawr boosted its lead to 47-38 on a Greene 10-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining, but the Blazers went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:18.
Marisa DeLuca's free throw with 17 seconds remaining trimmed the margin to 47-46.
The Blazers (6-7, 2-3) fouled the Mawrtians three times in the final 12 seconds. Bryn Mawr missed three consecutive free throws before Greene gave her team a 49-46 cushion with five seconds to go on a pair.
NDP had one last chance to tie the game, but Varnado's desperation shot from near mid-court was too late and off the mark.
"I was so proud of my team because we kept grinding to the end," Marks said. "We got in a hole at the end and it didn't look good."
Morgan Bracken (6 points), Claire Ford (6), Katie Willis (2), Margaret Lane (2), Shane Devine (2) and Kayla Robison (1) also scored for NDP.
Zoe Zawisa (13 points) and Katie Groenke (10) were the other players in double figures for the winners. Quichey Johnson (2), Shannon Bittner (2) and Georgia Carroll (1) contributed.
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