Catholic's Jenna Duffy felt like she could not miss last night.
The junior sharpshooter scored 18 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Cubs over defending champion Beth Tfiloh, 46-35, for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship last night at Villa Julie College.
Duffy's third-quarter 20-footers blew the game open as the Cubs (18-5) avenged their loss to the Warriors (18-3) in last year's C Conference final.
"When I came out after halftime and I shot three in a row and they went in [in the shoot-around]," Duffy said. "I was like, 'I'm just going to shoot it in the game.' I was feeling it."
The Warriors closed to 23-19 on Lauren Hurwitz's shot with 4:54 left in the third quarter, but they didn't score again until the fourth.
Lindsay Roesner's follow shot pushed the Cubs' lead to 25-19, but Duffy hit two 20-footers in the final 1:03 of the quarter to make it 32-19.
Another Duffy jump shot and four Laura Dantoni free throws early in the fourth quarter pushed the edge to 38-23.
The Cubs beat the Warriors three times this season and did not lose a C Conference game.
"It means so much to me," said Duffy, "because for our captain, Laura Dantoni, and I, it felt like the worst thing in the world for us to lose last year, because we worked so hard. We had so many people injured last year and sick that it was hard for us, so Dantoni promised me this year that we would win."
Stacey Hollander led the Warriors with 16 points.
Still smarting from last year's 17-point loss to St. John's-Prospect Hall in the IAAM B Conference title game, Chapelgate satisfied its thirst for revenge with a thrilling 51-49 victory over the Vikings for this year's crown.
"It was definitely worth the wait," said Flames coach Jim Barber, whose team lost to the Vikings twice this year. "I wouldn't change a thing. There was a lot of emotion out there, because we reached a goal we set."
Led by 5-foot-3 sophomore point guard Heather Landis (22 points), Chapelgate held a 39-29 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. But spurred on by a tenacious defense and standout forward Kenan Cole, the Vikings closed to 49-47 with 1:23 left. Cole, who shot just 4-for-18, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.
"We had to stop thinking about the score and just play our game," said Landis, who hit three three-pointers and shot 7-for-8 from the foul line. "We knew if we played composed we would be fine."
Cole's basket put St. John's-PH within 51-49 with 27 seconds left. After Kristen Lynott (11 points) missed two free throws, the Vikings' Stephanie Rakich was off on a three-pointer. Teammate Monica Schaus got the rebound, but Laura Holtrop came up with a steal to preserve Chapelgate's win.
"We got a great shot, we just didn't knock it down," said Vikings coach Tammy Webster.