Taylor Barton carried the Catonsville offense throughout most of Saturday afternoon's matchup with Patterson Mill. But the play of Breya Wallace in overtime truly helped the Comets pull out the victory.
Barton finished with a game-high 25 points, and Wallace scored five of the team's eight points in the extra period as No. 13 Catonsville outlasted the No. 15 Huskies, 50-45, in the Baltimore Board of Officials for Women's Sports 27th Annual Holly & Hoops Basketball Tournament at Mount de Sales.
The two seniors have combined for many wins while playing basketball together since the age of eight, and they did it again in this game. Barton, a 6-foot senior forward, had 12 rebounds to post a double-double.
Wallace, the Comets' point guard, helped with six assists, many of which went to Barton. She scored all of her points in overtime.
"We wanted to win today," Wallace said. "It's a big win, because they're a good team."
Barton scored 21 of the team's first 28 points, including 11 in a row at one point in the second half as Catonsville (5-1) kept trying to rally after trailing throughout much of the first three quarters.
The smaller Patterson Mill team had problems matching up with and stopping Barton, who repeatedly found shots down low or follow-up chances as the Comets played hard near the basket.
"I was going for the trash buckets," she said. "We were focused today. We made it a point to be focused."
Renee Gast looked extremely focused in the fourth quarter. Catonsville scored just 26 points through the first three periods, but Gast stepped up and scored nine of her 11 points in that fourth quarter. Her two free throws gave the Comets a 42-39 lead with 1:41 left.
Khayla Mitchell tied the game for the Huskies (4-2) on a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining. Gast missed a shot moments later, and Catonsville twice couldn't get the ball inbounds with 10.7 seconds to go, forcing overtime with the game tied at 42.
That's when Wallace took over. She gave the Comets the lead for good with her driving layup 46 seconds in. Barton added a layup with 2:32 left, seconds after making a diving save on a loose ball as Patterson Mill nearly got a key steal.
Wallace made one free throw for a 47-42 lead before Mitchell hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 48 seconds remaining. Lauren McDonald answered for Catonsville with one free throw, and Mitchell then missed on a three. Wallace then made it 50-45 with two foul shots with 14.5 seconds left.
"I thought that we executed really well … down the stretch," Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said. "[Patterson Mill] gutted it out. They were tough as nails, too."
The Huskies also struggled on offense throughout the game, missing passes and shots and finishing with 19 turnovers — four in overtime — while struggling to stop Barton.
Mitchell led with 12 points, but top scorer Qalea Ismail was saddled with foul trouble and fouled out late in the fourth quarter. She finished with 10 points. Samantha Herman also scored 10 points.
"We just hurt ourselves on offense," Patterson Mill coach Holly Ismail said. "They had a size advantage, but we're going to have to deal with that all year."
Catonsville 50, Patterson Mill 45 (OT)
C- Wallace 5, Cooper 3, McDonald 3, R. Gast 11, Barton 25, Wichhart 2, McTaggert 1. Totals: 17 13-24 50.
P- Ehly 4, Mitchell 12, Herman 10, Latimer 8, Barnes 1, Ismail 10. Totals: 15 11-16 45. Half: P, 19-14. End of regulation: 42-42.