Kristen Jeschke hit a pair of free throws with time winding down to give Notre Dame of the Howard County Youth Program a 30-28 win over N.C. State in Major Girls basketball last week.
Down by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, the Irish rallied behind the offense of Shelley Crotts (10 points), Jeschke (nine) and Megan Corrao (five).
The aggressive rebounding of Kara Svehla and Jennifer Crivelli and Amy Rohrbacher's two steals also helped their effort.
State's Mallory Groves led all scorers with 17, Robyn Catzva added six and Becky Nelson went 2-for-2 at the foul line.
The Wolfpack's Jennifer Smith, Katie Cardoni, Natalia Policelli and Shannon Pratt helped their team to its lead with strong rebounding and defense.
In another close contest, Miami held off Boston College, 20-19.
The Hurricanes were led by strong play at both ends by Mary Christine (eight points), Devyb Sutton (eight) and Deanne Breithaupt (five), along with tough defense from Alifia Poonawala and Tasha Gray's 11 rebounds.
Boston College had balanced scoring, getting six from Kari Signor, four from Sarah Walsh, three from Kelly Neale and two each from Rebecca Kulak, Kelly Collins and Sarah Dence.
In other games, Miami beat Villanova, 39-22; LSU topped Notre Dame, 30-25; Duke defeated Villanova, 46-18; Maryland beat Villanova, 30-15; Notre Dame topped UCLA, 46-6; and N.C. State squeaked by Georgia Tech, 24-20.
* 10-11 girls -- Syracuse of the Western Howard County Basketball League needed a late rally to beat Notre Dame, 21-19, for its second win of the season.
The Orangemen came from behind with the full-court pressure of Laura Pugh, Whitney Ferguson, Tiffany Rocco and Megan Coleman. Kara Riel led the victors with nine points, and Melissa Krause added six.
Kelly Renfrom led Notre Dame with eight points, and Stephanie Howell added six.
North Carolina also won in come-from-behind fashion. Trailing by six at the half, the Tar Heels scored 19 in the third quarter and went on to a 35-12 win over Michigan.
Heidi Browning scored a game-high 13 points to lead Carolina, with Michele Farace adding 10, Brooke Kimball six and Allison Jackson four.
The Tar Heels remain in first place in the league at 8-0.
xTC Leah Jones (eight), Katie Fritzsch (two) and Carolina Collinson (two) led the Michigan offense.
In the other game of the week, Anita Currano scored six of her eight points in the third quarter, as Villanova defeated Duke, 14-4, to stay a game out of first place.
Allison Ford, Lisa Humphrey and Melissa Moreland each scored two for the victors.
Kiva Feldman and Holly Barrow led the Blue Devils with strong defense.
* 8-9 girls -- The Ninja Terrapins defeated the Gold Blaze, 29-15, Saturday in Columbia Basketball Association action.
Rashida Walcott led the offense with eight points, Sarah Costa scored six, Ayla Safren four and Ashley Poland three.
The tenacious defense of Fana Walcott led to a number of steals, denying the Blaze several good scoring opportunities. The Ninja Terrapins' defense was also strong under the basket, where it controlled the boards.
Kelly Thomas led the Gold Blaze with eight points, Diane Caporaletti scored four and Lindsay Frank added three.
* 12-13 boys -- Villanova of the Howard County Youth Program won a pair of games last week.
The Wildcats beat Miami, 46-30, and N.C. State, 49-29.
* Major boys -- Boston College had four players scoring in double figures as it defeated Virginia, 66-33, last week in the Howard County Youth Program.
Jamie Mayne, Mark Savage, Randy Zwitch and Joe Iannarino each scored 10 or more in the win, and Austin Dummett, and Josh Lowman added strong defense.
The team came back later in the week to beat Maryland, 70-41.
* Minor girls -- Tammi Slater hit the game winner in the second overtime, as LSU defeated Boston College, 30-28, last week in Howard County Youth Program play.
Stephanie Martin, Monica Tiburzi and Donna Boccuzzi led LSU back from a 14-0 deficit.
The Eagles' Kim Burgess later hit a pair of foul shots to tie the game in overtime. Christy Langmead and Erin Steuer paced BC's scoring.
In other games, N.C. State beat LSU, 28-20; Duke edged Villanova, 26-21; Georgia Tech nipped Maryland, 16-15; Miami defeated UCLA, 28-16; and Notre Dame edged N.C. State, 17-16.
The Columbia Courage under-14 girls team defeated the Classic Club, 3-1, Saturday to clinch fifth place in the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Soccer League in Westminster.
Chris Eberhart scored the hat trick to lead the Courage on offense. Other key players were Kim Austin, Brooke James, Shanti Smith, Kate Golding and Stephanie Romich.
The Howard County Youth Hockey Club Squirt B1 Huskies swept a home-and-home series from Chevy Chase last week to improve their CBHL Wales division record to 10-0-2.
In the 8-0 home victory, the Huskies' offense was led by Keith Milli, who scored three goals and had an assist, and Drew Zinchiak, who had three assists and a goal.