LAND O’LAKES — In an early-season matchup of unbeatens, Academy of the Holy Names and Academy at the Lakes battled throughout in a game that wasn’t decided until the closing seconds.
Holy Names guard Sarah Davis hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds to go to give the Jaguars a 52-51 come-from-behind victory over Academy at the Lakes on Wednesday.
The Wildcats held the lead for the majority of the game, trailing for a total of just 75 seconds.
AATL held its largest lead (46-39) midway through the fourth quarter before AHN (5-0) began chipping away and cut the lead to 51-49 before Davis’ heroics.
Wildcats coach Karim Nohra knows his team let one get away.
“We shot 50 percent from the line, gave them way too many putbacks and missed eight layups,” Nohra said. “You can’t beat a good team like that doing those three things wrong.”
The Wildcats (2-1) held Jaguars leading scorer Amanda McWilliams to a season-low six points but AHN received double-digit efforts from her sister Ashley (15 points) and sophomore center Victoria Martinez (13).
“Fortunately, it was a total team effort,” Jaguars coach Melissa Ganther said.
AATL got strong offensive showings from a trio of players. Junior Andrea Mauger scored a game-high 16 (including five from behind the arc), while Amelia Oliver had 15 and Vanessa Vincent added 13.
Despite the tough loss, Nohra’s yearly goal hasn’t changed.
“Every year I expect to go deep into the playoffs and hopefully make it to the state tournament,” he said.