After starting the girls' basketball season with two tough defeats, Cardinal O'Hara came out strong Wednesday night at home against Germantown Academy.
Mia Farmer sparked a 31-12, first-half blitz with seven points, sending O'Hara, The Inquirer's ninth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, to a 64-42 victory over the Patriots in a nonleague matchup of traditional area powers.
Farmer finished with 12 points, sharing team-high scoring honors with Shanice Johnson. Johnson scored eight of her points at the foul line, missing only one free throw.
Lisa Mintzer added 10 points for the Lions, who had lost their first two games by 61-56 to Episcopal Academy and 63-60 to Wilson-West Lawn.
Kendall Grasela had a game-high 16 points and Kiernan McCloskey scored 10 for GA (4-4).
In other nonleague action:
Junior center Courtney Webster punctuated a 17-point outing by scoring six in overtime, giving host Central Bucks East a 50-46 victory over Lansdale Catholic. A buzzer-beating jumper by Lansdale's Shalina Miller (11 points) forced the extra session.
Gianna Pownall had 14 points in Springside Chestnut Hill's 48-41 victory over visiting Hill School. DeAnna Mayza scored a game-high 29 for Hill.
Junior forward Khristaijah Jackson compiled 22 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Truman in a 50-46 triumph over Interboro. Taylor Gasperi contributed 10 points for the Tigers. Stacie Hallinan topped the Bucs with 20.
Maria Conyers-Jordan collected 20 points, six assists, and four steals and fellow senior guard Sydney Frank scored 18 in Friends' Central's 56-33 success at Solebury School.
Sophomore point guard Angie Pomponio notched 12 points, and host William Tennent eased past Pottsgrove, 53-33.
Kendra Stum put in 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half, and Calvary Christian went on to a 53-34 triumph at Friends Select.
Behind Nykia Richards' 10 points, Mercy Vocational dropped visiting New Foundations, 32-27.
Keifonna Ferguson scored nine of her game-high 13 points during a 22-5, first-period outburst that propelled host Norristown to a 63-25 victory over Chester. Khani Whitfield topped the Clippers with seven points.
Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational. Sarah Curran scored 18 points, and she, Julia Gantz, and Kristie Costantino each grabbed nine rebounds for Archbishop Carroll in a 46-26 rout of Crestwood (S.C.) in the tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Costantino also had 11 points, seven assists, and four steals for the Patriots. Carroll led by 17-15 at halftime before Jess Carney (six points) hit two three-pointers to spark a 15-6, third-quarter run.
Friends Schools. Alexa Bowman's 12 points and Asia Turner's nine helped Abington Friends to a 43-18 victory at Academy of the New Church.
Public. Shaidiah McNeair and Ashley Fulton each scored 14 points to lead Franklin Learning Center to a 42-37 win at Masterman.
In another Public League game, junior point guard Brinklea Barnes had 20 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and five steals for Simon Gratz in a 67-25 victory over visiting New Media Charter. Barnes scored nine of her points in the first quarter, helping Gratz to a 29-4 lead.
Tri-County. Sophia Shoulson scored four of her 11 points in the first quarter, helping Barrack Hebrew outscore Del-Val Friends by 8-0 in the period and go on to a 36-23 home victory.
Jen Howard scored 16 points for the visitors.