Mount St. Joseph tops Villa Maria in overtime

Posted: January 29, 2014

The way things were going, double overtime seemed likely. Mount St. Joseph and Villa Maria had combined to score just four points in the first 4 minutes, 50 seconds of their extra period Monday.

Libby Tacka made the most of the last 10 seconds as Mount St. Joseph avenged its only Catholic Academies loss with a 42-40 win over visiting Villa Maria. Tacka stole the ball and raced three-quarters of the court for the winning layup.

The win kept the Magic (16-2, 10-1), ranked fourth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, in first place in the league. Villa Maria, which won the December meeting by 10 points, fell to 11-6, 8-3.

Villanova-bound Alex Louin led Mount St. Joseph with 21 points and five rebounds. Colleen Steinmetz had nine points and four steals.

Molly Namiokta had 19 points and eight rebounds for Villa Maria.

Boys' Basketball

Devin Liggeons' two free throws with 30 seconds left gave No. 5 Imhotep Charter a 41-40 win over fourth-ranked Constitution in a Public League Division A contest. He had 13 for the hosts. Sean Lloyd scored 14.

In another Public League A game:

Penn St. recruit Mike Watkins scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds as host Math, Civics & Sciences upended No. 6 Martin Luther King, 55-54. A three-pointer for Martin Luther King rattled in and out at the buzzer.

Public C. Quadifi Malone scored four points in the final 13 seconds to lift host West Philadelphia past Palmer, 61-59. Malone, who scored all nine of his points in the fourth, hit two free throws to tie the game. He then stole the inbounds pass and scored a layup for the winner.

Suburban One Continental. The lead changed hands twice in the final six seconds as host North Penn topped Central Bucks South, 56-55. Bryce Dobisch's three-pointer put the Titans ahead by one. The Knights inbounded, threw two passes upcourt to Aaron Dean, who hit a layup as time expired. Suleyman Hakim paced North Penn with 16 points, and Brian Coleman had 11.

Suburban One American. Curt Lever found his stroke in overtime to lead Norristown to a 62-59 double-overtime win at Upper Dublin. Lever, who had two points at the end of regulation, hit four three-pointers in the overtimes, including an off-balance shot to win it with two seconds.Norristown has won its last two games on overtime buzzer-beaters.

Catholic League. A whopping second half carried No. 3 Archbishop Carroll to an 83-52 win at Archbishop Wood. The Patriots outscored Wood, 54-23, in the second half. It was tied after two quarters. Derrick Jones had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ernest Aflakpui scored 15, and had six rebounds. Austin Tilghman had 14 points and eight assists.

Chris Clover and Kyle Thompson each scored 19 points as St. Joseph's Prep clipped visiting West Catholic, 61-45. Thompson had six rebounds and three steals. Rick Slusarczyk had six rebounds and two blocks.

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