The often deafening noise in Holy Cross' gym didn't prevent 13th-ranked Seton from rolling to a convincing, 65-39 Catholic Girls Athletic Association win yesterday.

Holy Cross (8-7, 5-3 in the league) had lost to Seton (15-3, 7-1) by 20 points Monday and had revenge and the spirited crowd on its side. And for the opening five minutes of the game, the Tartans stayed close.

But the taller, quicker and more physical Roadrunners began hitting their outside shots and dominating the inside on their way to a 38-24 halftime advantage.

"Our offense didn't work well {in the second quarter} and they were hitting their jumpers," said Holy Cross assistant coach Brian Gillis. "They have some athletes, but we didn't have the size or speed to match up with them."

In their first meeting, Seton didn't shift into high gear until late in the second half. But last night, the Roadrunners played with authority all game.

In the second half, Holy Cross gave its fans something to really make noise about -- a 6-0 spurt to draw to within 44-28.

Seton, however, called a timeout so that it wouldn't become unraveled and blow a big lead in unfriendly surroundings. After the timeout, the Roadrunners retook control of the game.

Senior guard Joanie Crawford (18 points, nine rebounds) shot well from the outside, senior center Stephanie Gilmore (15 points, nine rebounds) scored on easy follow shots, senior Aimee Fellows (eight points) became a bigger part of the offense, junior forward Alison Harris (15 points, 14 rebounds, four assists) began to score from all over and point guard Zhoowan Jackson (six points, eight assists) easily found the open player.

All that spelled doom for the home team.

"We are pleased with the effort that our girls put forth," said Gillis. "They busted up and down the court down to the last 30 seconds. Some teams get 20 points down, they roll over and play dead and that's it for the game. But they put out the effort for the whole game. Seton was just too good."