Lady Patriots beat Prendie in overtime

Caleb Carter, Staff writer

On March 4, the Archbishop Carroll girls basketball team secured a big win against Archbishop Prendergast. Because crowd-size restrictions aimed at thwarting the spread of COVID-19 were eased, the bleachers were a quarter of the way filled with fans and parents and the energy was intense. 

The win came in spite of a slow start.

“We didn’t really start off strong, our energy was low, and our shots weren’t hitting,” said sophomore Courtland Shumacher, who is a rising star on the field hockey team as well. 

Early in the third quarter the Patriots went down by 10, though they did not let up on the defensive side as they hustled and fought for every ball. The final quarter of this match up was underway when the Patriots tied it up. 

With a few seconds to go, Taylor Wilson, a sophomore guard, was fouled and sent to the line, which could possibly tie the game up and send it to overtime. Wilson drained the two huge free throws for the Patriots, giving the Lady Patriots another four minutes at a shot at a win. 

As overtime began, the Carroll Patriots came out stronger than they ever did in this game. Junior Grace O’Neill, a third year varsity starter and also a Drexel women’s basketball commit started the team off strong, draining a three seconds into overtime. 

“It really set the tone for the whole overtime and got the ball rolling,” O’Neill said. “This was a huge win for us. It’s a new team this year and new girls coming in and stepping up. I’m really happy with how we stuck together from start to finish.”