The program has participated in as many big-time games as any other
women’s program in the state so playing against one of the best
teams from North Carolina should have caused them little
concern. It’s of little surprise then that the Cougars easily
defeated the Bishop McGuinness (N.C.) Villians, 65-51, Saturday at the
Classic in the Country.
BERLIN – Mount Notre Dame has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years. The program has participated in as many big-time games as any other women’s program in the state so playing against one of the best women’s teams from the state of North Carolina should have caused them little concern.
It’s of little surprise then that the Cougars easily defeated the Bishop McGuinness (N.C.) Villians, 65-51, Saturday at the Classic in the Country.
The Cougars started the game strong by scoring the first 10 points but the Villians responded with an 11-5 run of their own to get back into it.
In a game that became one of scoring spurts, it was the Cougars again who scored a string of points as they opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run. The ease with which the Cougars scored created an early impression that the Villians were over-matched but as the game developed further it became obvious that this was not the case.
Like they did earlier the Villians came rushing back. Despite their relatively young roster, the North Carolinians played with exceptional poise and, after being down by 13, 33-20, with just over three minutes remaining in the half the Villians cut the Mt. Notre Dame lead to six just before the break. At halftime, McGuiness trailed 37-29.
Like they did all day, the Cougars began the third quarter strong. In the first minute and a half MND extended its lead again to double figures but the Villians would not surrender.
In the fourth quarter the Villians pulled within four points of the Cougars, 51-47, with nearly six minutes remaining. It looked like McGuinness was prepared to make a run at the lead but Mt. Notre Dame’s Kendall Hackney put this idea to rest by hitting a big 3-pointer to put her squad back on top by 7. Hackney’s 3 started a 10-0 run by the Cougars that ended the doubt
“I knew they weren’t going to quit no matter what the score was because they have been in a couple of tough games and they never let up. I knew they were going to keep coming and that is why I was getting upset. I mean there was lackadaisical play on our part,” MND head coach Dante Harlan said. “You know I thought we were going to mess around and give it back to them.”