For three quarters it appeared that Goliath just might fall, but No. 5 Bullis regrouped from a third-quarter deficit and outlasted underdog St. Agnes, 54-45, in a girls basketball game yesterday at St. Agnes.

The victory gave the Bulldogs a 19-0 record, and 23-game winning streak dating to last season. St. Agnes fell to 9-3 with its second consecutive loss.

Bullis took an 8-2 lead in the first quarter but guard Anna Yates (10 points and five assists) made two jump shots from the foul line and worked a beautiful give-and-go with Leigh Miller (16 points) for a three-pointer that pulled her team to 10-9 at the end of the first period.

St. Agnes took an 18-17 lead on back-to-back baskets by forward Dara Brunelli (11 points, 13 rebounds), one the result of a length-of-the-court pass from Yates and the other on a put-back of Miller's missed shot.

"I was trying to shoot more and get the ball to Dara and Tia {Brunelli} more," said Yates. "We knew that Leigh couldn't do it all.

"We were sticking up with them but they just picked it up a level and were more aggressive. That's when they had their spurt in the third quarter."

Leading by 28-25 at intermission, the Saints increased their lead to five on Tia Brunelli's basket in the opening minute, but St. Agnes began to fold under the pressure of Bullis's aggressive, physical defense and went scoreless the next three minutes.