Mei-Lyn Bautista didn't take many shots through three quarters. The St. Mary's point guard was busy getting the ball past the St. Anthony's pressure and setting up teammates.
So when she hoisted up a three-pointer with 2:51 left in the game and St. Mary's ahead by a point, she wasn't sure if it was going in.
"That shot was a tough one," Bautista said. "I didn't take many shots so I didn't know if my shot was on. There was a lot of pressure, but I had to be brave and take it."
Bautista nailed it to help St. Mary's defeat host St. Anthony's, 52-44, Friday in CHSAA girls basketball, ending the Friars' league winning streak (including the postseason) at 36 games.
Jordan Augustus had 17 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and four steals, Bautista added 11 points, seven assists and four steals, and Alyssa James had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for St. Mary's (8-2, 5-0). The Friars (8-4, 3-1) shot 11-for-27 from the free-throw line.
"It's actually very big," Bautista said of the win. "Everyone thinks St. Anthony's is the best and they are a great team."
St. Mary's led by as many as 11 late in the first half and eight in the third quarter, but Rebecca Musgrove (16 points) scored to pull St. Anthony's within 43-42 with 4:06 left. Then Bautista hit her three-pointer and scored off a pass from Augustus with 1:35 left to make it 48-42.
Sophomores McKayla Hernandez, Bautista and Augustus all transferred before the season from Mary Louis. Charlotte Renker transferred from Mineola and Jasmine Bryant returned after missing her sophomore season with a torn ACL, putting St. Mary's in contention for a championship.
"We're trying to make a name for our team," James said. "Even though we have a lot of sophomores, they are skilled players and know how to play."
Said St. Mary's coach Tom Flynn: "I wanted them to show me what they are made of. They showed me.
"They don't hand out any trophies tonight. The way we won was good. It looked like they were going to topple us a few times."