Eight different players scored points in the third quarter as the John Carroll girls basketball team rallied to beat Lutheran, 62-54, Tuesday afternoon.
The Patriots (7-12 overall, 5-2 league) scored 20 points to bounce back from a 29-28 halftime deficit and top the Saints in a Catholic League B Conference rematch.
In December, the Patriots won, 50-33, in the second league game of the season.
Throughout the game, the Patriots used their superior depth to keep their running game going. Their biggest strength was their transition game. A sticky man-to-man defense caused 35 Lutheranturnovers, including 11 in the critical third quarter.
"We just didn't have the subs," said Lutheran coach Glenn Scherer, whose team is playing its first year in the Catholic League.
"It was clear we were in the game until the end of the third quarter, but we were justtoo tired. Our big people didn't have the energy to get the rebounds. (John Carroll) came in with fresh people, and that kept their man-to-man strong."
Sophomore guard Amy Dean, who led the Patriots with16 points, hit her first four shots and assisted Anne Abromaitis on a fifth as the Patriots rolled out to a 10-0 lead in the first 2 minutes. Lutheran turnovers led to six of those points.
The Patriots took a 14-2 lead before Lutheran started to come back by using its strong inside game. The Saints (5-11, 3-5) got almost all of their offense from 6-foot center Jen Teagarden (29 points, 18 rebounds) and 5-11 forward Janice Wockenfuss (16 points, 16 rebounds).
Late in thefirst quarter, the Saints' guards started getting the ball inside, and Lutheran started catching up slowly. John Carroll had some troubleguarding Lutheran inside, sending the Saints to the line for 11 freethrows in the first half. Hitting nine of those free throws helped the Saints take the one-point halftime lead.
The score was tied at 32 early in the third quarter, and the teams traded baskets to a 36-36 tie before the Patriots began pulling away. In the final 2:41 of the quarter, they put pressure on the ball at midcourt. John Carroll forced five Lutheran turnovers and scored 12 unanswered points.
The Saints got within 52-47 midway through the fourth quarter, when the Patriots continued to have foul trouble, but couldn't get closer. Lutheran scored six of its 16 fourth-quarter points on free throws.
Inthe game, the Saints hit 16 of 21 free throws. The Patriots hit two of three -- all in the third quarter. John Carroll hit 11 more baskets from the floor than Lutheran, but the free throws kept the Saints in the game.
In addition to their strength on transition, the Patriots capitalized off the set offense by moving the ball quickly against Lutheran's zone. Everybody on the court for John Carroll was an offensive threat. The result: Eight players put points on the board.
"I think my two inside players are the best in the league," Scherer said, "but this is the team that is closest to us underneath. Their big people are good rebounders, and they get the ball out to the guardsquickly."
The Patriots got a strong performance from 5-9 sophomore center Carrie Stevenson, who finished with seven points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Forward Kristy Metz had six points and eight rebounds.
Dean's performance included seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Amity Torbit added 12 points. Point guard Jenny Lund chipped in nine points, six assists and four steals. Abromaitis, the only starting senior, added eight points and three assists.