O'Hara girls outlast Bonner-Prendergast

Cardinal O'Hara's Mary Sheehan tries to stop Bonner-Prendergast's Shalina Miller, who scored 12 points against the Lions.
Cardinal O'Hara's Mary Sheehan tries to stop Bonner-Prendergast's Shalina Miller, who scored 12 points against the Lions. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 16, 2014

The fourth quarter was still young Tuesday night when Bonner-Prendergast's Alyssa Monaghan first stepped up to guard Cardinal O'Hara's Mia Farmer.

It was only fitting that the stars for each side met in this manner. They had been exchanging scoring blows since the Catholic League game began.

The first couple of rounds went to Monaghan. However, Farmer ended up victorious in the knock-down drag-out fight, as O'Hara defeated Prendie, 57-56.

"It was just one of those games that whoever makes the last shot is going to win," O'Hara coach Linus McGinty said. "I thought they were going to make one at the end."

When Monaghan, a St. Joseph's recruit, hit an NBA-range three-pointer for Prendie (9-2, 3-1), Farmer, a George Washington signee, did something just as great for O'Hara (10-3, 3-0). Monaghan finished with 31 points, Farmer 27.

Most of the 32 minutes featured Monaghan versus Farmer, but it was the O'Hara bench that delivered the final blow to the Pandas, ranked sixth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. With just 39 seconds remaining, freshman Hannah Nihill got the ball, took a couple of dribbles, and hit a floater, giving the Lions the lead. Senior guard Sam Amicone was also clutch for the eighth-ranked Lions, scoring 11 second-half points off the bench, including three timely three-pointers.

"In order to win this game, everyone had to step up, and I think Sam did a great job off the bench," said Farmer, a senior guard. "She did everything she needed to do."

In the ensuing possession, the Pandas almost made a thrilling comeback when Sarah Monaghan got the ball after two missed shots and made a bucket - but it dropped after the buzzer sounded.

O'Hara trailed almost the entire game and was down by 14 points with a little more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

"That's what I like about this team," Farmer said. "We don't give up."

Bonner-Prendergast 21 12 16 7 - 56

Cardinal O'Hara 12 9 19 17 - 57

BP: Alyssa Monaghan 31, Shalina Miller 12, Sarah Monaghan 6, Princess Clemons 2, Amber Ballinger 2, Claire Savage 2, Mary Anne Young 1

CO: Mia Farmer 27, Sam Amicone 11, Kim Whelan 5, Mary Sheehan 4, Hannah Nihill 3, Steph Garafolo 3, Kate Feehery 2, Rachel Guy 2

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