It’s too early for Cardinal O’Hara to book a trip to the Palestra, but the Lions are serious contenders for the Catholic League title.
They keep proving they’re for real this season.
Anthony Purnell made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 40 seconds to play as O’Hara extended its season-opening win streak to 11 games with a 45-42 triumph over Bishop McDevitt Monday night.
Trailing by four points with a minute to play, Kevin Reese drilled a 3-point field goal to trim O’Hara’s deficit to a point. Moments later, Purnell gave O’Hara a slim advantage, then Adrian Irving capped the scoring with a pair of freebies with 20.8 seconds to go.
Tre Dinkins poured in a team-high 19 points and Purnell finished with 12.
The Lions (11-0, 4-0) are tied atop the Catholic League standings with Archbishop Wood and Neumann-Goretti. Wood visits O’Hara Wednesday night.
In nonleague action:
Chester Charter SA 54, Church Farm 37 >> The Sabers (7-2) spread the ball around as 11 players scored at least two points
Bruce Rogers was the high man with 11 points. Tyler Howard filled up the stat sheet with nine points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist.
Avon Grove 66, Interboro 40 >> Twenty-one turnovers and 18 missed foul shots doomed the Bucs on the road.
Connor Hughes led the losing effort with nine points and eight rebounds, while Logan McCaffrey paired six points with eight boards.
Maggie Doogan poured in 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Cardinal O’Hara earned its seventh straight win late Sunday with a 46-30 decision over Imhotep Charter at the Blue Star Invitational, hosted by Jefferson University.
Siobhan Boylan added 13 points and three steals and Sydni Scott chipped in with 11 points and six assists for the Lions (9-1), who outscored the Panthers, 29-17, in the second half.
In nonleague action Monday:
Interboro 53, Avon Grove 39 >> Riley Szatny powered the Bucs to another victory with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Madison Diehl added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals for the streaking Bucs, who have won four in a row.