St. Mary’s junior guard Pamela Gonzalez scored 22 points to reach 1,000 for her career, but despite her grand effort it wasn’t enough as host Cathedral rode its team defense to a 61-58 Central Catholic conference victory on Monday night.
The No. 2 Panthers (14-2 overall, 11-0 conference) used a stifling press to deny passing lanes, create turnovers (10 steals) and start fastbreaks in forging a 39-33 lead at halftime.
When Gonzalez came out for the third quarter, she caught fire, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game, 41-41..
With 5:41 remaining in the third, Gonzalez finished at the rim with a foul-inducing basket as St. Mary’s bench erupted. The bucket gave the Spartans a 43-41 lead, and it gave the Revere High transfer her 1,000th career point in her first season at St. Mary’s.
“I wasn’t even thinking about my 1,000 points,” said Gonzalez, who scored 710 points in her first three seasons at Revere before arriving St. Mary’s this season and increasing her career total to 1,005 points. “I was just thinking about winning the game.”
She went to the sideline where her coach and teammates had a banner waiting, took a quick photo, and swished the free throw.
“I was laughing,” Gonzalez said. “It was so exciting, but I knew I had to make the free throw.”
She did, and finished with 18 points for the Spartans (11-6, 5-5 conference), who wound up suffering the setback.
“She’s a hell of a player,” Cathedral head coach Clinton Lassiter said of Gonzalez. “We knew we weren’t going to shut her out, we just wanted to make sure that we limited everyone else.”
The Panthers active defense accomplished that.
Junior Kaiya Duverna put up 12 points in the game while the 6-foot-1-inch forward protected the rim and cleaned the glass on both ends.
“She was a cheerleader two years ago,” Lassiter said of Duverna. “To see her progression game by game, practice by practice, it’s been good.”
Junior guards Amani Boston and Dejah Jenkins combined to score 27, as Cathedral remained undefeated in league play.
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Greater New Bedford 48, Dighton-Rehoboth 43 — Junior Jayda Fortin dropped 27 points to lift the host Bears (9-6).
Bishop Feehan 55, Bishop Stang 42 — Senior Anna Shaughnessy poured in 25 points to lift the visiting Shamrocks (12-3).
Xaverian 62, O'Bryant 49 — Freshman Ty Murphy scored 16 points to lift the visiting Hawks (7-6). Rivaldo Soares’s 27 points were not enough for the host Tigers (11-7).
Pembroke 60, Dennis-Yarmouth 50 — Tyler Spencer had 24 points to lead the Titans (7-9), including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before halftime for his 1,000th career point.
Hingham 6, Franklin 2 — Marshall Terres had the hat trick as the No. 5 Harbormen (8-3-5) rolled over the No. 7 Panthers (12-2-3).
Malden Catholic 4, Bishop Guertin 1 — Senior Ryan Noonan (Malden) netted a pair of shorthanded goals and senior Sal Paci (11 saves) earned the win in his first career start for the Lancers (5-8-4).
Natick 3, Algonquin/Hudson 2 — Junior Molly Burns netted the game-winner with under a minute on the clock to lift the visiting Redhawks (10-3-2).For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.