The Aberdeen Eagles girls basketball team knew it would be a tough road Thursday night, bringing one of the state's best teams, Riverdale Baptist, into the Eagles Nest for a non-league game for both.
Playing without injured Brionna Jones was a given, but also missing starting point guard Kierra Palmer because of a concussion sustained Tuesday, the Eagles were thin at point guard and it eventually showed in a 85-66 defeat.
The Eagles, who have lost three straight to Riverdale Baptist, looked sharp very early, running out to an 8-2 lead, but the struggling Crusaders found their balance and outscored the Eagles 21-11 in the final six minutes of the first quarter. Tyker Carter's second three-point shot of the quarter gave Riverdale Baptist a 23-19 lead after one quarter, despite the visitors getting hit with two technical fouls.
Aberdeen was able to stay close on the scoring of freshman Stephanie Jones, who scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the first half. Her three-pointer put Aberdeen back ahead 25-24 in the second quarter, but Riverdale Baptist went back ahead and never trailed again. Mache Turner's only basket of the game, a three-point shot, put the Crusaders ahead 39-33 at the half, their largest lead of the half.
In the second half it was bombs away by the Crusaders, who made six three-pointers in the third quarter alone. They made 14 in the game. Auteaonna Gilmore, the Crusaders point guard, made three of the long range shots. Carter had two and five for the game. The shooting pushed the lead to double digits and a 66-50 lead through three quarters.
One last gasp by the Eagles (14-3), a 6-0 run to start the final quarter, cut the margin to 10, but that's as close as the Eagles could get. Riverdale Baptist outscored the Eagles 19-16 in the last quarter, settling in on the 19-point win.
Jimmia McCluskey, who filled in at point guard for most of the game, finished with 14 points before fouling out midway through the final quarter. Endia Jones added eight points and Nazje Norton had seven.
Carter and Gilmore each scored 21 points to pace the winners, while Chloe Jackson had 19 points.
Patriots beat Cougars
John Carroll and Fallston met Monday night in Fallston with the visting Patriots taking a lopsided 57-18 non-league win.
Ashley Hunter did most of the scoring damage for the Patriots, scoring a season-high 21 points. Sam Gasior led the Cougars (3-14) with six points.
Huskies beat Hawks
Patterson Mill (7-1, 12-5) picked up another UCBAC Chesapeake Division win Thursday, beating visiting North Harford, 65-46.
Morgan Golec led the Huskies with 23 points and Qalea Ismail scored 20 in the win.
North Harford (2-6, 4-11) also had two players score in double figures, with Annie Wernig scoring 16 and Morgan Knox tossing in 14.
Mustangs handle Elks
C. Milton Wright (6-2, 11-5) also won in Chesapeake action Thursday, traveling to Elkton for a 66-45 victory.
Savannah Humphreys had a double-double in the win, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Allie Appleby added 12 points and Abby Smucker finished with 10 points.
The Mustangs led at the half, 35-22.
Bobcats beat Cougars