Coming off of a huge win over No. 5 Calvert Hall in their MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League opener on Monday, the 14th-ranked Mount Carmel Cougars were at home on Wednesday for another big test as they faced No. 8 St. Frances, and once again they answered the challenge.

Senior Terry Nolan, Jr. followed up his 30 point effort on Monday with 25 points as the Cougars built a nine-point first half lead and held off a fourth quarter run by the Panthers to prevail, 73-71. With the win Mount Carmel moved to 6-0 overall, and 2-0 in both the MIAA and BCL.

Nolan scored 12 points in the first half as the Cougars built their advantage and then closed with eight points in the fourth quarter to help fend off the Panthers (1-3 overall, 1-1 MIAA A, 1-1 BCL).

Will Thomas also added 12 points for the Cougars and he hit 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter to help close out the victory.

Earl Penn scored 22 points to lead the Panthers, which outscored Mount Carmel 26-19 in the final stanza to close the gab. James Goodwin added 14 points for St. Frances, Adrian Baldwin finished with 11 and Elijah Epps scored 10.