OLNEY – Good Counsel simply had no answer for Paul VI’s talented frontline of senior Mikayla Vaughn and junior Amira Collins.
The dynamic duo scored a combined 40 points Friday night to lead the Panthers to a convincing 71-45 road victory over Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Good Counsel at Kane Center.
“We play together as a team,” said Collins, a Tennessee commit who finished with a game-high 21 points. “That’s the best thing you can ask for.”
Vaughn, a Notre Dame signee, scored 19 points and sophomore point guard Ashley Owusu finished with 14 points for the nationally ranked Panthers.
“It’s a really, really hard place to play,” said Paul VI head coach Scott Allen, whose program began the season as the nation’s top-ranked team according to USA Today. “They play so well here. We haven’t won very many games at this place so I’m really happy with the way we played.”
Meanwhile, Good Counsel senior guard Lindsey Pulliam, a Northwestern recruit who earned first team All-Sentinel honors last season, finished with a team-high 14 points for the Falcons.
Paul VI led 33-15 at halftime and extended their lead in the third quarter thanks to the deft shooting of Collins and company. The 6-foot-3 junior forward drilled a jumper from the top of the key to give the Panthers a 41-19 advantage with 4:20 left in the period.
Collins was also on point from the charity stripe, going 6-for-6 down the stretch. The heavily recruited Division I prospect was unstoppable in the paint against Good Counsel.
“I thought she did a good job of being strong inside,” said Allen, “and didn’t shy away from the contact.”