If yesterday's game is any indication, No. 13 Lake Clifton and No. 15 Mercy seem to be going in opposite directions.
In what Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion deemed her team's "best all-around game," the Sharpshooters (4-2) defeated Lake Clifton (1-2), 52-44, during second-day action of the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Inc. Pre-Christmas Mixer Tournament at the College of Notre Dame.
Mercy was led by senior guard Stephanie Rohe's game-high 18 points, but Gayle Belz (12 points) and Christa Rohe (10 points) also made significant contributions.
"Stephanie did a nice job looking and making the other girls a part of the offense," Marion said. "That's what we have to do to be successful."
Lake Clifton coach James Monroe was not as pleased with his team's performance.
"We were not as aggressive as we should be," he said. "We started out so good, but now it looks like we're going in the opposite direction. But I still have confidence in my girls. We'll try our best to regroup."
Lake Clifton appeared to have regrouped and seized control of yesterday's game after trailing by as many as nine in the first half.
The Lakers, who were led by Celena Falline (12 points) and Debbie Hyman (11 points), ended the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 30-28 halftime advantage.
Lake Clifton began the second half where it left off, making four of its first six shots to take a 38-30 lead with 13 minutes, 10 seconds remaining.
But then the Lakers went cold, missing their next 15 shots, and Mercy seemed to get its second wind.
The Sharpshooters scored 10 straight to take a 40-38 lead with 8:43 left. Lake Clifton pulled even at 42-42 with 3:55 remaining, but Mercy then used another 10-0 spurt to put the game out of reach.
"We just started playing really hard," Marion said. "I didn't make a lot of substitutions. It was basically the same five, so I guess they were just well-conditioned enough to keep pushing themselves."
In other games, Kristine Manning scored 14 and Bridget Smith added 13 to lead No. 4 St. Mary's (6-1) to a 50-33 victory over Pennsylvania's Notre Dame Academy (3-5).
The Saints built leads of 15-0 and 27-4 in the first half, but Notre Dame Academy began the second half on a 19-6 run to pull within 36-27. That was as close as the Fighting Irish would get.
Eleven players scored in a balanced attack as Altoona, Pa. (5-0), top-ranked by The Altoona Mirror, routed No. 9 Institute of Notre Dame (4-2), 62-35. Altoona bolted to an 18-2 lead and never looked back.
Makisha Gary scored 23 to lead Calvin Coolidge (3-2), ranked No. 14 by the Washington Post, to a 61-37 victory over Poly (4-1). LaToya Moore scored 15 to pace the Engineers.