Win the four-minute game.
That's the mind-set Archbishop Carroll took into overtime of Wednesday night's key early-season Catholic League girls' basketball contest. The Patriots had given up a game-tying three-pointer late in regulation, and the coaching staff didn't want the team to feel like all was lost.
The upbeat message worked. Archbishop Carroll scored the first eight points of overtime and beat visiting Archbishop Ryan, 58-51.
Julia Gantz scored 21 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Patriots, ranked fifth in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the preseason by The Inquirer.
Lexi Stover scored four of her 14 points in the overtime. She had six rebounds. Ann McKnight sank three free throws in the extra period.
Archbishop Ryan's Shayna Rodriguez hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime.
Nonleague. Hailey Burns' three-point play with under two minutes left sealed Council Rock North's 35-31 triumph at Central Bucks South. She scored six of her seven points in the fourth and had seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
Rylee Power's 15 points paced Marple Newtown to a 44-29 win at Gateway (Fla.).
Friends Central held visiting Hill School scoreless in the third quarter on its way to a 48-24 triumph. Mikayla Vaughan had 24 points and 14 rebounds. Iyanna McCurdy scored 20 points, and Anna Leone had 10 rebounds.
Public Platinum. Temple recruit Deja Reynolds scored 19 points and had five rebounds to power Imhotep Charter to a 71-35 win at Math, Civics & Sciences. Lorna Caesar had 15 points and six steals.
Audenried rolled past visiting Science Leadership Academy, 43-35, behind 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals from Jaquay Williams. Deja McKinney had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Public Gold. Bryce Garrett's 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals led Bartram to a 56-33 triumph at Frankford.
Andrew Lundstrom celebrated his 18th birthday by tipping in the game-winner at the buzzer of double overtime to give Hill School a 65-63 win over visiting Episcopal Academy. It was the first time the Blues beat Episcopal since 2006-07. James Fives (14 points) tied it with less than 30 seconds to play in regulation. Calvin Martin had 19 points.
In other nonleague games:
Chris Clover scored more than 30 points for the second time in his career, and St. Joseph's Prep downed visiting Malvern Prep, 65-47. Clover scored 10 of his 31 in the second half. James McGovern had seven rebounds and three assists.
Four players reached double digits as No. 6 Martin Luther King topped visiting Lincoln, 85-33. Sammy Foreman scored 17, Jabri McCall had 14, Nasir Dell added 13, and Tyeir Marshall had 12.
De'Andre Hunter and Jonathan Lawton each scored 20 points to pace Friends' Central in a 60-46 defeat of visiting Perkiomen School. Lawton went 8 for 8 from the line.
Ray Leon shot 12 for 20 from the floor en route to 28 points, and Germantown Friends raced past visiting Collegium Charter, 64-49. Andrew Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Joe Richardson scored 16 points, and Cordell Lord added 15 to lead North Penn past host Exeter, 52-41.
Leroy Moore scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half to help Community Academy of Philadelphia come away with a 66-59 victory at Barrack Hebrew.
Bicentennial. Sam Bair and Ben Brophy combined for 19 third-quarter points as Calvary Christian broke open a 73-36 win at MaST Charter. Bair finished with 24; Brophy had 17.