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In yesterday's game against Lake Clifton, University City (Philadelphia) opened with a 9-0 run. The Lady Jaguars used their superior speed and height to extend the lead to 13, and led by 18 with less than five minutes left in the game.

The lopsided score prompted some fans to go home early before rTC Lake Clifton made things interesting in the final 4 minutes, 35 seconds. The Lakers rallied with a 16-2 run before losing, 42-38, in second-day action of the Project Survival-Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Inc. Pre-Christmas Mixer Invitational Tournament at the College of Notre Dame.

"We showed we had a lot of desire today," said Lake Clifton coach James Monroe. "I told them that if you want to be successful, you have to be aggressive. In the fourth quarter, they were really aggressive."

In that final period, Monroe said his team switched to a zone offense, intended to help the Lakers control the ball and prevent University City (4-1) from scoring on easy layups.

The plan worked, and Lake Clifton (2-2), cold from the field to that point, was able to get several shots from close range. The main reason for the late drama, however, was a University City comedy of errors.

Down the stretch, the Lady Jaguars, set in a stall offense, threw away numerous passes that Lake Clifton turned into fast-break layups.

Said University City coach Lurline Jones: "When we opened up the lead we went into a stall offense. Our players just couldn't catch the ball."

And Lake Clifton players were willing to oblige.

Said Lakers' 6-foot-5 center Adrienne Keith: "We realized that they weren't that good, just a little quicker. We just got it in our heads that we could beat this team."

Down, 40-22, after a 10-footer by the Jaguars' Denique Graves, the Lakers' Charon Davis began the comeback with a layup, making it 40-24.

Then, trailing, 42-26, with 3:38 to play, Lake Clifton went on a 12-0 tear to end the game on two Keith layups, a pair of Detina Avery free throws, and baskets by Davis and Selena Falline.

In other tournament games: Melissa Cuneo scored 23 points to lead No. 5 Seton Keough to a 69-31 win over Poly. All but one of the Gators scored as Seton Keough took command in the second half, outscoring the Engineers, 45-15, en route to the victory.

Sonia Chase scored 13 points to lead a trio of McDonough double-digit scorers, as the Eagles beat Edmondson, 48-19. Chase, Kathleen Wallen and Sarah Hill, all underclassmen, helped the Eagles build an 18-4 lead in the first quarter and expand it to 32-13 by halftime.

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