The Catholic League playoffs are under way. It’s worth pointing out that Bonner-Prendergast’s 75-57 triumph over Cardinal O’Hara — the first of its kind since the 2001 championship game — was not a postseason game. Some people were confused by that notion because, well, the Catholic League tends to operate a little differently than other leagues in the area.
Here are the pairings involving the three Delco teams. Both games take place Friday.
(5) Archbishop Carroll at (4) Cardinal O’Hara, 4:30 p.m.
When they met in the regular season, the game was so lop-sided, at times I didn’t think I was watching a varsity-on-varsity game. The Lions were at the peak of their success. They got 14 points from freshman Maura Hendrixson and 11 each from sophomores Mary Sheehan and Hannah Nihill. Julia Gantz paced the Patriots with 12 points and fellow senior guard Keara McNulty added 11.
It’s hard to imagine the Patriots (14-8) will play as poorly as they did in the teams’ first meeting. The Lions (18-4), despite an otherwise amazing season, have lost back-to-back games to Archbishop Wood, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and No. 3 Bonner-Prendergast.
“We have a really tough stretch coming up. This is it, this is our season. We have to go out there and I hope we put it all out on the floor Friday night,” Sheehan said.
(6) Archbishop Ryan at (3) Bonner-Prendergast, 7 p.m.
The Pandas (14-8) played their best game to date Wednesday night, taking advantage of match ups in the low post while Alyssa Monaghan went off for a career-high 35 points. It was the perfect game for a team looking to finally put it all together. It’s been a season of misfortune for the Pandas, who have dealt with a litany of injuries, but have persevered like no other girls basketball team I’ve covered before.
Bonner-Prendie defeated Ryan, 46-36, last Friday. Monaghan went off for 26 points and center Shalina Miller added 16. Miller is coming off arguably her best game of the season against O’Hara, against whom she scored 20 points and grabbed 17 boards.