Girls basketball edged Notre Dame by a score of 46-45 on Friday. Eighth grader Kelsey Bess scored a buzzer beater to win the game after the two teams went neck-and-neck for four quarters. Bess finished the game with 11 points, junior Kait Carter scored 13, and junior Carmen Williams scored 12.
After a closely contested first half, PC was trailing 20-16. Williams sank the first basket of the third quarter, Carter connected on two free throws, and the Quakers tied things up at 20-20. Senior Emma Maley pulled the Quakers ahead with a three-pointer, then junior Hayley Hunt hit two from the foul line, bringing the lead to 25-23 late in the third quarter. With a minute left to play, Williams scored on a jump shot, keeping the Quakers up by one. Notre Dame responded, pulling ahead again. With 12 seconds left on the clock, Williams gained control of the ball and passed to Bess, who floated the game-winning shot. Friday's win brings the girls' record to 7-2 in the Inter-Ac, 20-5 overall. They travel to Episcopal on Feb. 8 for more Inter-Ac play.
Boys basketball had a tough loss to Germantown Academy on Friday, falling 75-51. The Quakers got off to a good start, and finished the first quarter trailing by only a few baskets. In the second, a dry spell from the Charter offense allowed GA to build a substantial lead. Friday's meeting between the Inter-Ac rivals ended quite differently than their last one, in November. In that game, it was PC who came out on top with a decisive 69-23 win. Boys played Saturday afternoon and lost 73-64 to a talented Phelps School team. Ryan Holmes had 24 points Saturday to follow up his 19-point performance vs GA. Next up, the Quakers host Springside Chestnut Hill in Dooney Field House on Feb. 5.