Still, guard Julia Szalai, who netted the game-winning basket with roughly 1:30 to play in lifting Marymount to a 41-38 victory over St. Charles, was not about to lay the blame completely at the feet of over-confidence.
"They played really good defence this game, I'm not going to lie," said the Grade 10 guard. "I think we thought it would be a little easier. In the second half, we started to pick up our game more."
In fact, the contest went back and forth several times over 32 minutes of play. After facing an early 4-1 deficit, the Cards recorded an 8-0 run, one that was countered by seven straight points for the Regals before the end of the first quarter.
The teams were tied at three different points in the second quarter before St. Charles sharp-shooter Faithe Joly nailed back-to-back three-point shots late, giving her crew a 23-19 lead heading to the dressing rooms.
But Marymount answered, as Szalai noted, with a strong start to the second half, outscoring the Cardinals 11-1 in the third quarter on the strength of baskets from five different players.
The determined visitors narrowed the gap to 32-31 before Szalai sailed home a shot from beyond the arc.
Joly, however, was also holding a hot hand, scoring seven consecutive points of her game-high 15 and giving St. Charles its first lead since the half, 38-37.
But with time winding down, some nice ball movement from the Regals freed up Szalai, alone to the side of the basket, with Gabrielle Schwabe adding a late insurance hoop to provide the final three-point cushion.
Offensively, rapid transition of the ball from player to player was certainly one of the keys to the Marymount victory.
"We normally have really good teamwork, passing and then finishing our plays," said Szalai.
Still, she said with the game on the line, she would just as soon be looking to a teammate.
"I normally don't prefer to shoot it, just because I think I'm going to miss sometimes," Szalai said with a smile.
"I would rather be passing it around. But I was kind of open, so I just took the shot."
With the win, the Regals improve to 5-1, two points back of the Horizon Aigles (6-0).
St. Charles drops to 3-2, mixed in a logjam that also includes St. Benedict (3-3), Macdonald-Cartier (2-1) and Bishop Carter (2-3).
Following is a complete breakdown of the linescore for both teams:
Marymount 41 - Julia Szalai (14), Gabrielle Schwabe (7), Sidney Smith (6), Megan Kuzenko (6), Hope Joly (4), Mia Tullio (4).
St. Charles 38 - Faithe Joly (15), Alesha Brennan (9), Kali Joly (5), Haley Moskal (4), Tyra Beaupre (3), Alyssa Hreljac (2).