TAMPA - Don't count out the Academy of the Holy Names.
That was the message the Jaguars sent after a 58-57 win against Tampa Catholic in a Class 3A-District 11 girls basketball game Wednesday.
Katie Davis made a layup with four seconds remaining to propel Holy Names (4-0, 3-0) to the victory.
"I'm so proud of the girls," Jaguars coach Casey Higgins said. "Nobody gave us a chance. This is supposed to be a rebuilding year for us, but these girls are fighters."
Tampa Catholic (3-1, 1-1), which led by three with 20 seconds remaining, immediately called a timeout after Davis' basket but never got a shot off after inbounding the ball.
With the Crusaders up 57-56 with 12.5 seconds remaining, Michelle Gingras had a chance to increase the lead but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Holy Names rebounded the ball as Davis broke down court.
TC was late in picking Davis up, allowing her to catch a long pass and drive for the winning points.
"I didn't play as well as I could have, but I maintained my composure and tried to be a leader for us," said Davis, who was held to 10 points - 18 below her average. "After I caught the ball I was thinking, 'I hope I make it.'"
Both teams had four players in double figures. Selena Castillo led AHN with 14, with four 3-pointers, followed by Davis, Meaghann Ligori and Stephanie Socias (10 each). For TC, Katelyn Bruns and Sarah Brennan each had 12, while Gingras and Colette Eule each had 11.
TAMPA CATHOLIC (57) - Eule 11, Gingras 11, Bruns 12, Dziagwa 6, Barletta 4, Brennan 12, Portales 1. Totals 23 7-17 57.
HOLY NAMES (58) - Davis 10, Daigle 9, Castillo 14, Ligori 10, Socias 10, Suarez 3, Whidden 2. Totals 21 10-21 58.
Tampa Catholic18111315-57Holy Names12191413-58 3-point goals - Dziagwa 2, Eule, Gingras (TC); Castillo 4, Suarez (HN). Fouled out - Eule (TC). Total fouls - TC 21, HN 14. Records - TC 3-1, HN 4-0.