St. Anthony's Kerrin Maurer was sprawled on the court, her elbow slammed into the hardwood.
St. Mary's Kimberly Toledo got the slightly rougher end of the deal. After a somersault, she ended up near the wall, nose to the floor and in visible pain. She didn't have possession anymore, either.
With mere seconds left in St. Anthony's 83-49 win over St. Mary's (1-1), there were no freebies where Maurer was concerned. She sprung up, rubbing her forearm but otherwise ready to play.
"Our coach always tells us hustle wins games," Maurer said. "You may not be the best team on the floor, but if you hustle, you can win."
Tuesday, the Friars (2-0) were both the better team and the most diligent. Maurer had 16 points and freshman Rebecca Musgrove made her mark with a team-high 19 for St. Anthony's in a CHSAA girls basketball game.
"[St. Mary's] has two great players in Maddie Jankowski and Shannon Flynn and all we were trying to do was contain them," St. Anthony's coach Ken Parham said.
Indeed, the Friars used their significant height advantage to win the rebound battle and habitually boxed out Flynn, who still managed a game-high 21 points. Jankowski finished with nine.
Leading the charge was Maurer, a junior guard whose physical style of play has become a trademark of St. Anthony's. Though only 5-6, Maurer showed heavy presence in the paint and controlled game action - often feeding to Musgrove. Jennifer Sixsmith also contributed, with seven of the team's 35 rebounds.
St. Mary's drew close in the middle of the second quarter off the efforts of Flynn and Sara Kluth, who combined for seven of nine points in a one-minute span to make it 25-20. That was the closest the Gaels would get, as St. Anthony's retook control of the game and kicked off the third quarter with a 12-0 run - capped by a short jumper from Musgrove for two.
Early in the fourth, Musgrove used her speed to convert steals and rebounds with a series of fast breaks to the net.
"[Musgrove] is one of our young kids," Parham said. "And it seems like every game, one of the young kids steps up and plays older than she really is."
Although Musgrove's play was a pleasant surprise, Parham said Maurer's style has become something of a calling card.
"She's a hard worker," he said. "She plays every single second of every single game."