Junior guard Jessica Sylvester scored 20 points for Nazareth Academy, but her last three points were the most important of the game for the Pandas Thursday.

Sylvester drained a three-pointer from the corner with 18 seconds left and gave Nazareth a 41-37 win over visiting Merion Mercy in a Catholic Academies girls' basketball game.

Sylvester's three gave the Pandas a 40-37 lead.

In other league games:

Brianna Ford picked up 14 points and helped Villa Maria get past host Villa Joseph Marie, 48-36.

The Hurricanes, who converted 11 of 13 free throws, also got 12 points from Brooke Angelos and 10 points from Kellie O'Rourke.

Notre Dame spread the scoring around and tripped visiting Gwynedd-Mercy, 62-50.

Colleen Olinger knocked down a trio of three-pointers and scored 13 points for the Irish who had nine players score points.

Notre Dame built a 35-18 lead by halftime.

Catholic. Stephanie Keyes and Lauren Nealon each scored 11 points for Archbishop Wood in a 61-21 win over host Little Flower.

The Vikings built a 33-6 lead in the first half and had 13 players find the scoring column.

In another league game, Archbishop Carroll got scoring from 13 players and blasted visiting West Catholic, 63-13.

Rachel Pearson scored nine points, Erin Shields added 8 points, seven assists and five steals and Sarah Curran chipped in with 5 points and five rebounds for the Patriots.

Ches-Mont. Jamie Cummings came through with 12 points and helped Kennett get past host Octorara, 40-24.

The Blue Demons pulled away in the second half, using a 16-6 scoring run in the third quarter to take a 30-21 lead.

Bicentennial. Freshman Maria Farrell had a big game and led MaST Charter past host Bristol, 33-30.

Farrell scored 11 points in the second half including all of the Panthers' points in the final quarter when they outpointed the Warriors, 7-2.

Morgan Cullen dropped in a pair of three's and scored all of her 8 points in the third quarter for Bristol.

In other league games:

Jenkintown closed out its game with visiting Phil-Mont Christian with a 21-13 scoring effort and beat the Falcons, 39-29.

Carolyn Smith did the bulk of the scoring with 21 points for the Drakes. She collected 12 points down the stretch and Erin Dawson picked up three of her four three-pointers in the final quarter.

Christopher Dock blasted Lower Moreland in the second quarter and came from behind to beat the host Lions, 51-32.

Lower Moreland took a 15-10 lead in the opening quarter, but the Pioneers went on an 18-2 scoring tear to take a 28-17 lead by halftime. Montana Mitchell scored 13 points for Christopher Dock while Kelly McGarry scored a game-high 14 points for the Lions.

Tanya Argueta dropped in 12 points and helped Morrisville beat host Plumstead Christian, 42-31.

Argueta scored five points in the first quarter when the Bulldogs were taking a 13-4 lead.

Nonleague. Yasmeen Thompson accounted for 13 points and led Freire Charter past host Episcopal Academy, 40-28.

The Dragons took command of the game in the first quarter with a 13-6 lead, en route to a 19-9 halftime margin.

April Buck struck for 15 points and 10 rebounds as Penn Wood dropped visiting New Beginnings, 68-24.

Carrin Williams added six points and seven assists for the Patriots who got scoring from 12 players. Penn Wood put the game away in the third quarter after going on a 23-1 scoring run to take a 50-19 lead into the final quarter.

In other nonleague games:

Lizzy Carney dropped in 18 points and was one of 10 Unionville players to score in a 61-23 win over visiting Chichester.

Kelli Anderson added 13 points and 14 rebounds while Carney contributed six steals and five assists.

Asia Handy poured in 21 points and boosted Wissahickon to a 57-18 win over host Kennedy-Kenrick.

The Trojans, who got 17 points from Kristy Ragbir, grabbed a 34-6 lead by halftime. They held the Wolverines to just three baskets in the game.

Springside opened the second half with a 21-0 scoring charge and handled visiting Academy of the New Church, 68-24.

Fran Edmondson and Sydni Epps each scored 11 points for the Lions. Edmondson contributed 11 rebounds and Epps grabbed nine boards.

Boys' Basketball

Southern pulled away in the third quarter and beat visiting Lincoln, 64-57, in a Public League game.

The Rams held a slim 31-26 lead at halftime, but came out of the locker room and grabbed a 54-42 advantage by the end of the third quarter.

Shamier Duren scored nine of his 12 points in the third quarter to spark the Rams and Shaquille Gaskins added 21 points. Tyrone Martin led the Railsplitters with 19 points.

In another league game, Devin Uqdah collected 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Palumbo in a 69-30 win over visiting Science Leadership.

The Griffins opened the game with a 14-2 scoring run.

Ches-Mont. Wes Pennington, a 6-9 center, missed just one of eight shots from the field and scored 15 points to lead Oxford past host Great Valley, 43-38.

The Hornets trailed in the first quarter, 16-2, but rallied to take a 30-23 lead by halftime.

In other league games:

Octorara outscored visiting Kennett in every quarter and beat the Blue Demons, 45-32.

Pat Evans scored 13 points for the Braves while Samuel Tavoni notched a game-high 14 points for Kennett.

Trevor Berwall struck for 17 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and West Chester Rustin went on to rout host Sun Valley, 72-28.

The Golden Knights jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter and held a 40-15 lead at halftime.

Pioneer Athletic. Tim Ponto drained four three-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Owen J. Roberts past visiting Spring-Ford, 64-45.

The Wildcats built a 31-16 lead in the first half and cruised from there.

Nonleague. Kirk Wynn sank three free throws with 2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but William Boyer scored five of his 31 points in overtime to give Valley Forge a 71-67 victory over visiting George School.

Devon Leverage added 20 points for the Trojans while Wynn paced the Cougars with 23 points.

Brett Nagle picked up 22 points and Craig Presant added 21 points for Friends Select in a 72-49 win over visiting Calvary Christian.

Nagle collected eight rebounds and four blocked shots and Presant converted a trio of three pointers.


Faith Christian brought back wrestling after an absence of 11 years and brought it back in style with a 42-36 nonleague win over West-Mont Christian.

Coach Kyle Phipps was on that last Lions' wrestling team and watched Tim Peers pin in the last bout of the night at 140 pounds to secure the victory. Peers' pin came in 1 minute, 12 seconds.

In another nonleague match, Upper Perkiomen outpinned North Penn, 6-2, and downed the host Knights, 41-30.

Pinning for the Indians were Kyle Fellman at 103 pounds (1:25), Wolfgang McStravick at 119 pounds (2:29), Chris Rementer at 140 pounds (3:25), Nick Hale at 189 pounds (1:17), Chris Cornwall at 215 pounds (0:27) and Dan Wolfram at 285 pounds (1:35).