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