Howard's Janel Washington hits a layup against Ursuline

Howard's Janel Washington hits a layup against Ursuline

Howard used fast-break opportunities to answer Ursuline's stubborn zone defense as the Wildcats upset No. 5 Ursuline 40-32 in girls basketball Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcats made just 2 shots from the floor in the first 13 minutes of the game, and found themselves down 10-3 after the opening quarter, and 18-11 at the half.

Ursuline's Emily Rzucidlo connected on a three-pointer on their first possession of the second half to go up 21-11, and it wasn't looking good for the Raiders, until the game flow changed.

Ursuline, who hit 4 three-pointers in the first half, went ice cold, and Howard was able to convert those into fast breaks.

Jaymail Hollis drove to the basket twice in a row, and then it was Ronnasia Blatch-Huggins doing the same, drawing a pair of fouls along the way, that buoyed a 14-0 run to completely turn the game around.

Ursuline's Kay Wulah got her own conventional three-point play, and Howard's lead was 27-24 going into the final eight minutes.

Howard kept attacking, getting Na'leigha Wright into the mix, as they pushed the lead all the way out to 35-26 with 2:45 to go.

Taelynn Brooks hit her 3rd three-pointer for Ursuline to get the game back within 6, but they could not put together enough stops and made baskets to get any closer.

Blatch-Huggins led Howard (9-2) with 13 points, with Hollis' 11 and Wright's 10 playing key roles in the victory. They'll host another Catholic Conference foe, Saint Elizabeth, on Tuesday evening at 4:45 p.m.

Brooks' triples gave her an Ursuline-high 9 points. The Raiders (3-6) will take on Saint E at home Saturday night at 6:15 p.m.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).