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Perry Hall coach Linda Caccavalla talks about her team's win over Notre Dame Prep. (Tom Worgo / BSMG)

Courtney Shaw was a dominant factor at both ends of the court as Perry Hall defeated host Notre Dame Prep, 39-35, Wednesday night.

Shaw, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.

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She was at her best in the second half, scoring nine points to help the Gators (2-1) rally from a 10-point deficit against the Blazers (1-4).

"In the second half, I thought she took over at times," Perry Hall coach Linda Caccavalla said. "Courtney is always double-teamed and the one they go after."

Perry Hall sophomore point guard Kara Dietrich chipped in 11 points and five steals.

Junior guard/forward Mary Price Suter led Notre Dame Prep with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Suter had nine points in the first half as the Blazers built a 18-13 lead at the intermission.

She also had five points during a Notre Dame Prep 7-2 run in the first 2:38 of the third quarter to boost the advantage to 25-15.

But the Blazers struggled for the rest of the period, going 0-for-8 from field and committing four turnovers.

The Gators took advantage and went on a 9-0 run to trim the lead to 25-24 by the end of the third quarter. Shaw had five points during that stretch, scoring on a layup, put back and free throw.

Perry Hall's rush carried over to the final quarter, and the Gators began it with an 8-2 spurt to make it 32-27 with 3:43 remaining.

The Gators led 36-30 with 1:43 to go before Katie Railey's three-pointer trimmed the margin to 36-33 about a minute later.

Perry Hall, however, sealed the win as Dietrich sank three free throws in the final 30 seconds.

"We had too many turnovers and couldn't hit anything down the stretch," said Notre Dame Prep coach Katie Marks, whose team committed 24 turnovers and shot 27 percent (13-for-47) from the field. "We always expect them to come back, but we expect to rally past the run.

"We talk constantly about runs and that our run has to be the last one," she added. "It wasn't today."

Camille Becker and Sabrina Hall had four points each for winners.

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Railey added seven points and teammate Nicki Swam added five.

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