After losing a pair of games by just one point, both to teams who are reigning Virginia state champions in their respective classifications, No. 5 Calvert Hall salvaged its final game at the Sleepy Thompson Invitational, defeating Good Counsel, 54-52, at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes School on Saturday.

Trying to avoid another close battle, the Cardinals started fast, outscoring the Falcons 17-9 in the opening quarter. Good Counsel slowly pursued the Cardinals the rest of the way, drawing close, but Calvert Hall never relinquished the lead.

Playing this weekend without senior starting point guard D’Yante Doughty, one of the team’s most consistent scorers, Calvert Hall started two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors on Saturday, with sophomore guard Logan Curtis leading the way with 15 points and four rebounds.

Freshman forward Justin Lewis added 12 points and three rebounds. In addition, junior guard Brendan Adams had an excellent all-round game, with eight points, a team-high six rebounds and three assists.

Tyler Baylor was the only Good Counsel player in double figures, scoring 14 points.

Calvert Hall (1-2) returns home on Monday to open its MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League schedule with a home game against Mount Carmel.