Photo provided by CINDY WAGNER -- Members of the Holy Ghost Catholic School girls' basketball team of Hammond, from left, Ashlyn Alack, Halle Bouffard, Kylie Baudean, SaraBeth Hoover, Cadyn Reed, Makenzie Bordok, Caroline Ingraffia and Sarah Stant; and second row, Coach Casey Potts show off their plaque designating them as the North Shore Athletic League Varsity Champions after defeating Trafton on Feb. 4.

Hammond’s Holy Ghost Catholic School Girls’ Basketball team won the Northshore Independent Athletic League Varsity Championship after defeating Trafton during a tight game on Feb. 4, school officials said in a news release.

Holy Ghost Catholic School coach Casey Potts said the first half featured a “slow, sloppy start with both teams turning the ball over multiple times before getting any clean shots at the goal. But Holy Ghost eventually found a groove and jumped out to a 15-8 halftime lead on Trafton.”

Trafton made some key adjustments at halftime and figured out how to stop the Patriots throughout the third quarter by holding them scoreless while also closing the gap by scoring five points, Potts said. This cut the lead to 15-13, with the Patriots barely holding on to the lead, Potts said.

Setting up for an exciting fourth quarter, the Eagles continued to dominate the second-half into the fourth quarter, going up 18-15 at one point, Potts said. Key lay ups and an important free throw by the Patriots won them the game, 20-18 with 12 seconds remaining, Potts said. This is the first time the Patriots have won their first Northshore Independent Athletic League Varsity Girls Championship since joining the league during the 2010-11 season, Potts said.