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The Baltimore Sun

Thirteen proved to be McDonogh's lucky number last night.

The Eagles used a 13-point fourth-quarter run to rally to earn a 59-53 victory over visiting Spalding in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game last night. Spalding was ranked No. 13 in the poll, and Kitty Cullen sparked the run by scoring nine of her game-high 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Oh, by the way, Cullen wears No. 13.

"I've never had a game like that," said Cullen, who has orally committed to play lacrosse for Florida.

Cullen is known more for her speed and defensive prowess than scoring. In fact, the junior had scored only 32 points in the team's first 20 games. But she played a big role in the Eagles scoring 21 points in the game's final six minutes to sweep the season series.

Cullen drilled a long three-pointer to tie the game at 47 with 4:30 left. She later scored on a tough baseline drive to give McDonogh (12-9, 9-4) a 51-47 lead, and Spalding (13-7, 7-6) couldn't get any closer.

McDonogh's comeback was more impressive because of how much the Cavaliers controlled the game in the first three quarters. Spalding scored the game's first seven points, led 17-6 after one and was up 47-38 after making the first basket of the fourth quarter.

But the Eagles then took over and scored 13 straight. Coach Tom Gizzi had McDonogh spread the floor and begin attacking more, and the move paid off as the Eagles finally began finding good shots.

"Tonight we found a way to finish a close game in the fourth quarter," said Gizzi, whose team has lost four games by three points or fewer.

Alexandra Brennan and Taylor Virden each added 11 points for the Eagles. Maggie Morrison led Spalding with 16 points, and Janay Brinkley scored 15 as McDonogh couldn't seem to stop her.

Spalding coach Deb Taylor said her team's luck just ran out in the fourth quarter.

"We got passive in the fourth quarter," Taylor said. "We had a tough time executing and making plays."

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