Amiee Garner's 12-foot jumper at the buzzer helped give visiting Holy Cross a 46-44 victory over Paint Branch last night in a nonleague girls basketball game at Paint Branch.

The Tartans got the chance to win when Paint Branch's Lisa Goodfriend missed the front end of a one-and-one. Garner grabbed the rebound and Holy Cross called timeout with four seconds remaining in the game. Holy Cross (2-0) had hoped to get the ball inside to center Kathy Soisson, but guard Shannon Howley saw that she was covered and passed to Garner.

"I knew there wasn't much time left; Howley just passed the ball to me and I shot it," said Garner who finished with four points.

Holy Cross led, 21-20, at intermission but quickly fell behind by six points, at 32-26, as Paint Branch's Erika Smith scored eight third-quarter points, including three straight baskets.

"We wanted to get the open shot, but they were boxing out and {Sisson} was getting the rebounds," said Smith, who led all scorers with 16 points.

Holy Cross tied it at 32 at the end of the quarter as it converted five of eight free throws and got a basket from Jeannie Daly. The Tartans then pressed, forcing the Panthers (2-2) into first-half turnovers and preventing them from getting the break going.

"We didn't set to break the press on offense, which caused us to turn the ball over," said Paint Branch guard Wendy Gill. "When we were throwing inbounds our lines weren't breaking right. We were rushing the ball tonight."

But Holy Cross also faltered on offense in the final quarter, committing fouls and turnovers and trailing by 44-40 with 1:20 remaining.

Soisson then hit a layup with a minute left, and Howley drove for another basket 20 seconds later to tie the game at 40. With 12 seocnds left, the Tartans also succeeded in fouling out Noreen Hagemeyer (14 poiints, seven rebounds), who made several key rebounds down the stretch to keep Paint Branch ahead.

"What we wanted to do was front them in the post. They were just as short as we are," said Holy Cross Coach Joe Gillis. "We forced them to lob in, which they didn't do a lot."