St. Paul's School for Girls couldn't overcome one of its shortcoming — lack of depth — in a 68-56 loss to visiting Institute of Notre Dame in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference basketball game Friday night.
After staying close to the Penguins in the first half, the Gators ran out of gas in the second half.
St. Paul's is young and not deep. But the Gators surprised some with a 3-1 start, which included blowout victories over Catholic High and Delone Catholic, of Pennsylvania.
Foul trouble hurt St. Paul's Friday night. Both Quinn Conrad and Alexandria Wright fouled out, and Sara Moeller and Corinna Vlahoyiannis finished with four fouls.
"I played seven girls," St. Paul's coach Pat Conrad said. "By the end of the game, the fatigue factor settles in. The shots aren't falling. The same thing will continue to happen. So we have to work on fitness or get some other girls in the game."
St. Paul's also had trouble with the Penguins' inside game. Janele Price, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, grabbed nine rebounds, and another junior forward, 6-foot Shana Williams, totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Gators finished with 19 rebounds.
"We are always going to be at a height disadvantage, but what we aren't doing correctly is boxing out," Conrad said.
St. Paul's played well in the first half, sparked by the shooting of junior guard Sharon Hull (team-high 20 points). She had 17 points in the half, including five three-pointers.
The Gators led, 15-12, five minutes into play, with Hull hitting three treys during that stretch.
St. Paul's increased its advantage to 21-16 by the end of the quarter.
IND, however, went ahead in the second quarter, using an 8-1 run in the first 1:58 to go ahead, 24-22.
The Gators led for the last time, 25-24, with 5:43 remaining when Wright sank a pair of free throws.
The Penguins (2-0) had their biggest first-half lead, 38-32, about four minutes and held a 40-37 advantage at halftime.
By the end of the third quarter, IND boosted its margin to 54-44 and the closest Gators got in the final quarter was nine points.
St. Paul's shot only 13 percent (4-for-30) in the second half.
"Our level of intensity really helped on the defensive end in the second half," Penguins coach Doug Able said. "We try to take advantage of our size and athleticism."
Senior point guard Brooke Fields (18 points) and senior forward Morgan Caution (17) led IND.
Wright (14 points) and junior point guard Kaci McNeave (11) also scored in double figures for St. Paul's