Institute of Notre Dame hit only three baskets in the second half, as the No. 8 Indians fell to No. 12 Bryn Mawr, 41-32, yesterday in the Mistletoe Division championship of the sixth-annual Holly & Hoops Tournament at Maryland Baltimore County.
The teams were tied at 17 at halftime, but Bryn Mawr pulled away in the third quarter. IND (5-3) hit only one basket, and the Mawrtians (6-0) outscored them, 14-2, in the quarter.
In the Hoops Division championship, No. 2 Western cruised past Seton Keough, 55-16. Chanel Wright led the Doves (7-1) with 14 points.
"We were not shooting well. We were getting the shots, good shots in the paint, but we were not finishing them off," said IND coach Jerry Hahn, whose squad hit 11 of 51 shots from the field and 10 of 23 from the line.
The Indians' pressure defense slowed the Mawrtians early, but they adjusted in the second half, when juniors Kisha Ford and Julie Syzmanski dominated inside.
Ford, an All-Metro selection last season who transferred from Western, led Bryn Mawr with 19 points, including 10 in the third quarter.
Syzmanski added eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Ford also had seven rebounds, nine steals and four assists.
IND, which has played four ranked teams in the past two weeks, rallied late but couldn't sustain the momentum. Kenya McIntyre (14 points) hit a layup off a steal to cut the margin to 39-30 with 2 minutes, 3 seconds left.
"We thought they were getting tired, but we couldn't overcome that big spurt they had against us in the third quarter," Hahn said.
For all its success, Bryn Mawr still is a team in transition.
"We are still getting used to each other," said coach Pat Becker, whose starting lineup includes another transfer, Angela Marks from Towson. "I've had a lot of teams that have peaked too soon, but this team should just get better as we go along."
In another matchup between ranked teams, No. 9 Walbrook beat No. 11 Southern of Anne Arundel County, 54-34, for the Holly Division championship.
Walbrook (5-1) struggled against the Bulldogs' press, taking just a five-point lead into the fourth quarter. But the Warriors used their inside strength to pull away with 26 points in the final quarter.
Point guard Tina Fauntleroy sparked the Warriors with four points, four assists and three steals in the fourth quarter. She finished with eight assists and five steals in addition to her 11 points.