Danielle Patterson and Jordan Nixon each recorded a double double, combining for 49 points and 25 rebounds, as The Mary Louis Academy outlasted Monsignor Scanlan 66-55 in overtime in the CHSAA AA State Final at Fordham University on Saturday. In a thriller that saw 9 ties and 17 lead changes, the Hilltoppers finally pulled away in overtime, outscoring Scanlan 15-4 in the extra session to earn their first CHSAA AA State Title.
A back-and forth game from the opening tip, Scanlan took a 6-4 lead on a 3-pointer from Kateri Poole, but a drive by Patterson put TMLA in front 8-6. The Hilltoppers took a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter after a corner 3-pointer by Kayla Podlovits with 50 seconds left in the opening frame.
Scanlan regained the lead at 16-15 on a 3-pointer by Poole with 6:50 to play in the second, but a 3-point play by Patterson at the 3:55 mark put TMLA back in front 22-20. Another 3-pointer by Poole gave Scanlan a 23-22 advantage, but the seesaw continued, as Patterson's foul line jumper on the next possession put the Hilltoppers back in front 24-23. Yet another 3-pointer by Poole gave Scanlan a 26-24 lead, and the Lady Crusaders finally had back-to-back baskets after Kayla Banwareesingh's drive made it 28-24 Scanlan. Patterson answered again for TMLA to make it 28-26, but the Hilltoppers missed an opportunity to take the lead at the half when Kania Pollock missed three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point heave just before the halftime horn.
Patterson's long two broke a 35-35 tie with 3:23 left in the third quarter, and TMLA took a 39-35 lead after Pollock found Patterson on the break at the 3:00 mark. Scanlan came right back to make it a one point game at 39-38 on Banwareesingh's corner 3-pointer, but Vanerlie Valcourt's and one bucket in the post gave the Hilltoppers a 41-38 lead. The Lady Crusaders made it a one-point affair again at 41-40 after Channell Williams converted off a loose ball, but Pollock's jumper off a brilliant shot fake put TMLA back in front 43-40. Scanlan knotted the score at 43 heading into the fourth after Kaja Wentz's 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Scanlan pulled in front at 47-46 on a pull-up by Williams, but TMLA answered with a follow-up by Patterson and a 3-point play by Pollock after she stole a cross court pass, giving the Hilltoppers what seemed like a commanding 51-47 lead with just 1:49 left to play. Banwareesingh's follow-up on the next possession made it 51-49, and Scanlan sent the game into overtime after Poole split two defenders and found Banwareesingh for an uncontested layup to even the score at 51 at the end of regulation.
The Hilltoppers went ahead 53-51 on a basket by Nixon, and took a 55-53 lead on two free throws by Patterson, but Scanlan tied the score at 55 on another layup by Banwareesingh off an assist by Williams with 2:50 left. Those would be the last points that Scanlan put on the board, as TMLA closed the game on an 11-0 run, cashing in from the stripe.
Patterson finished with a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds, connecting on 10-15 from the field and 8-9 from the stripe, while Nixon scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds, going 7-12 from the floor. Poole had 19 points for Scanlan, going 5-7 from behind the arc.