Bailey McCue is used to defending Episcopal Academy's Megan Quinn.

The two seniors have faced off in several Inter-Ac League basketball matchups, as well as in countless CYO games.

So with less than 20 seconds remaining and her team up by a basket, McCue, a center for Notre Dame, knew Quinn was going to be inbounded the ball.

Quinn indeed was, getting the ball on the low post, and made a move to the basket. But McCue, along with some double-team help, stopped the Churchwomen's leading scorer, grabbed the rebound, and got the ball toward the other end of the floor.

That was the best chance that host Episcopal had to tie the score in the waning seconds, as Notre Dame completed a comeback win, 37-35, Tuesday afternoon.

"Their strategy the whole game was to get it in to her, so I just had to continue doing what I was doing," McCue said. "It was a great feeling."

McCue's defense on the Villanova recruit was solid with the clock running out, but it was the offensive spark provided by senior guard Kathleen Fitzpatrick that gave the Irish (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) the opportunity to come back and win the key Inter-Ac game.

The Irish trailed for almost 25 minutes, and by as much as 12 in the third quarter.

Time and again, it seemed the Churchwomen would pull away, but then Fitzpatrick would hit a three-pointer, grab a steal, or run the floor in transition to convert an easy layup.

Long taught to keeping shooting no matter what, Fitzpatrick scored 15 second-half points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with a minute remaining.

"I kind of just let it go, and it miraculously went in," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick and fellow senior guard Megan McGurk combined for 35 of the Irish's 37 points, with 24 of the duo's points coming in the final 16 minutes.

It was the first loss of the season for Episcopal (6-1, 2-1), ranked second in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, and the fifth straight win for the No. 3 Irish.

The teams will play again Jan. 25 at Notre Dame, in what could well decide the Inter-Ac champ.

Notre Dame   5 6 13 13 – 37

Episcopal Academy   11 9 12 3 – 35

ND: Kathleen Fitzpatrick 23, Megan McGurk 12, Nikki Callahan 2.

EA: Megan Quinn 15, Meghan Picknell 12, Sarah Abbonizio 6, Kristen Hinckley 2.

Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.