Although Bryn Mawr kept coming back, McDonogh always remained one step ahead to win the AIS A Division basketball championship, 47-39, yesterday at the College of Notre Dame.
Park School also used a strong finish to win the B Division, 34-19, over Arlington Baptist.
McDonogh, behind the shooting and rebounding of freshman Sonya Chase, faught off Bryn Mawr with a big run at the end of the game. Debbie Johnson had eight second-half points including four from the foul line.
"We knew their defense and had practiced it all week," said McDonogh coach Becky Clark. "We used the clock to our advantage, taking 30 seconds on every shot."
McDonogh jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but Bryn Mawr, as it would do all game, came back. A jump shot by Mimi Vishio tied the game at 7 at the end of the first period. McDonogh regained the lead and ran the score to 12-7, but Vishio capped a Bryn Mawr run with a basket on a fast break to make the score 12-11.
The Eagles took control again, 17-13, then Julie Szymanski sparked streaking Bryn Mawr with a layup which helped it come back to trail, 21-19, at the half.
Chase, who led the Eagles with 14 points, went down with an eye injury with 55 seconds left in the first half.
"Sonya had it in her head that she was injured, but I told her to get it out of her head and just play her game." Clark said.
Szymanski scored six consecutive points at the start of the second half and Bryn Mawr had its first lead since the opening basket, but foul shots by Debbie Johnson and two field goals by Niamh Corcoran returned the advantage to McDonogh, 27-25.
Bryn Mawr tied the score at 29 when Vishio stole the ball and Zan Stuehler hit the jumper. Stuehler, who scored 15 including five free throws, later fouled out.
McDonogh came back again and Chase hit her second three-pointer to make it 39-33 and put the game out of Bryn Mawr's reach.
"After Zan left the game, we lost our drive," said Syzmanski, who had 18 points. "She is the main part of our game.
The first period of the B Division was a nightmare for spectators and coaches as only three field goals were scored. Andrea Carter's basket for Arlington Baptist was the only action in the first five minutes. Mitch Deshazio followed with two four points for Park
"They were real nervous in the beginning," said Park coach Robin Willard. "I was too. I knew they would come on in the second half."