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Bishop Loughlin couldn’t keep up with Mary Louis’s dynamic duo in the second half.

The Lions trailed by just four going into halftime, but the team couldn’t get on top after big second-half performances from Hilltoppers Danielle Patterson and Jasmine Brunson, so Bishop Loughlin coughed up a 70–56 loss in Brooklyn-Queens girls’ basketball at Holy Cross on Jan. 9. The team, now third in the division behind Christ the King and Mary Louis, failed to keep the momentum going, its coach said.

“They didn’t play with intensity,” said Loughlin coach Chez Williams regarding his team’s second half. “You have to sustain the same intensity into the second half, and they didn’t do that.”

Patterson (25 points) poured in 15 in the second quarter, and future Minnesota player Brunson (20 points), sunk 12 points for Marie Louis (9–2, 2–0) after the break.

Lions senior Skydajah Patterson scored 21 points to lead Bishop Loughlin, which placed second in the league last season. The Hilltoppers held junior Milicia “Mimi” Reid, the Lions’ leading scorer, to just 10 points — with only two in the second half.

“She just didn’t get the shots that she normally gets,” Williams said of Reid. “We didn’t play well.”

Loughlin (8–5, 2–2) was lucky to be trailing by only four at the half. The Lions struggled to score and gave up too many turnovers in the first quarter — though it out-scored Mary Louis 18–15 in the second frame.

Loughlin’s sloppy play continued in the third quarter, when Marie Louis’s four-point lead blossomed into a 14-point advantage heading into the final frame. And Loughlin never cut the Mary Louis lead to any less than 12 in the fourth.

This loss was a clear setback for Loughlin, which also lost to defending champ Christ the King, after winning of five of its last seven coming in. The Lions rebounded to a 53–26 victory against New Jersey’s Immaculate Conception on Sunday, but Williams was still disappointed in his team’s effort in the key league game against Marie Louis two days prior.

“You have to come to play,” Williams said. “There’s always a target on our back, and you have to realize that you can’t take off any games.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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