Notre Dame's girls' basketball team defeated host Pomperaug 69-60 in a competitive battle on January 17.
The Lancers led 30-27 at the half and built an 11-point lead in the second half. The Panthers cut to within six points at 54-48 with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter when Molly Flanagan scored down low. The Lancers pushed the lead back to 11 in a matter of seconds. Yamani McCollough hit a 3-pointer from the corner then finished a fast break to extend the lead to 59-48 with just over four minutes remaining.
"Every time they gave us a couple punches we got our composure and responded," said Notre Dame Coach Maria Conlon, adding that her team did a good job of sharing the ball.
The Lancers remain unbeaten at 8-0 and Pomperaug fell to 6-3.
"We're not the type of team that likes moral victories," said Pomperaug Coach Joe Fortier, adding that he was, however, pleased with his team's effort against a formidable foe.
"They should be really proud of themselves. They fought hard," Fortier said.
Pomperaug was coming off a four-point loss to another of the top teams in the conference, Newtown, which will host Notre Dame on Thursday, January 23 at 7 pm.
"We hang with the best," Fortier said.
Nique Mayo scored 19, McCollough had 17 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter, Ciara Brown scored 10, Taylor Gibbs had nine and Mac Stone scored six for the Lancers.
Pomperaug lost Alex Rafferty to injury late in the first half but kept battling. Cara McGettigan led the Panthers with 17 points, Maddie Villa scored 13, Flanagan had 11 and Mariana Lambiase added eight.