St. John’s sophomore point guard Amari Carter disappeared for long stretches of Tuesday night’s WCAC showdown against No. 2 Good Counsel. She looked youthful on a court flooded with Division I prospects and was overshadowed at times by the brilliance of her own back-court mate, Notre Dame-bound Lindsay Allen.
But with about five minutes left in the game and her team trailing 67-60, the lanky Carter took over on four straight possessions, scoring nine consecutive points to key a pivotal 11-1 run and lift the third-ranked Cadets to a 77-73 victory over the Falcons.
“I knew my teammates would get me the ball . . . I kind of had a nice stretch,” said Carter, who finished with 19 points. “We were planning so much for this game. We could not lose this game. It was crucial that we won this game.”
Carter had relief in her voice after the win, knowing her team was desperate to avenge last season’s heartbreaking loss to Good Counsel (4-1) in the WCAC final. Tuesday night’s rendition had all the makings of a playoff game, even though it was December and the Falcons were playing without star guard Lindsey Spann, who has missed the early part of the season due to a lingering leg injury.