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James notches 600th win as North Harford girls basketball coach Monday

Milestone achieved with 61-32 win over visiting Harford Christian

BY RANDY MCROBERTS, rmcroberts@theaegis.com

9:22 AM EST, December 11, 2012

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North Harford girls basketball coach Lin James won her 600th career game at the Pylesville school Monday night.

The Lady Hawks, who nearly gave their coach the historic win Friday night, left no doubt in Monday's win, bolting out to a 26-6 first quarter lead and rolling to a 61-32 win over neighboring private school, Harford Christian.

"I'm relieved to get this, so we can move onto playing basketball," James said after a brief ceremony in which she was presented a new banner to be hung in the gym, white roses from each player and a white T-shirt with green letters reading 600 Baby!!!

"I'm not a fan of all of this, but I appreciate everything," she said.

The Hawks, who put eight players in the scoring column, used pressure and a running style offense to put the game away.

North Harford (1-2) outscored the Eagles (3-1) 17-7 in the second quarter to take a commanding 43-13 into the half.

A 16-9 third quarter advantage led to a lead of 35 and more points, which invites a running clock in girls basketball this season. The Eagles outscored the Hawks 10-2 in the final quarter to close out the game.

Morgan Knox, the only senior for North Harford, led all scorers with 18 points. "It feels good, because I've had Mrs. James the last three years," Knox said. "She's a really, really good coach and I'm really pleased to have her as coach."

Annie Wernig added 15 points in the win, while Bailey Saneman had eight points.

Chloe Akers, daughter of Harford Christian head coach Brian Akers, led the Eagles with 13 points, including four three-point baskets.

"I'm happy to be here," coach Akers, who recently celebrated his 300th win, said. "It's an honor for her to let us play them this year. It was an enjoyable night to see her win 600. Sorry, I made it so easy for her," Akers said with a smile.

In looking back over the past 44 years at North Harford, James said, "Lot of good kids, that's the main thing. Sometimes the skill level is not great, but most of the time the kids are always good and that's what keeps it fun." James also noted that the Hawks appreciated Harford Christian playing them this year and said, "I can't thank Brian enough."

Bobcats get declawed Monday

Bel Air's (1-2) celebration for Friday night's first win was short-lived as the Bobcats were beaten soundly by visiting Perry Hall Monday night, 52-27. The Bobcats trailed at the half, 35-7.

Connor Hanley scored eight points to lead Bel Air and Jamie Bittner added six points.

Hawks fall to Hereford Friday

Career win 600 avoided coach James on Friday when the Hawks lost, 43-38, to visiting Hereford.

The Hawks trailed 8-0 out of the gate, but scored nine straight points for their only lead of the game.

Hereford led 25-18 at the half and 34-33 after three quarters after North Harford scored five unanswered points in the final minute. Haley Ray drained a three-pointer and Morgan Knox converted a steal at half court into a layup.

Hereford, however, scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to lead 43-33. North Harford's five fourth quarter points all came in the final minute of the game.

"It's nothing to me, I just wish people would leave me alone and let me do my thing," James had said after the game in reference to win number 600. "It just puts more pressure on me. I don't think it puts pressure on the kids, because we don't talk about it."

North Harford's lone senior, Morgan Knox, led all scorers with 20 points.

Nicole Viscuso paced Hereford with 14 points and 19 rebounds. Noelle Funk added 10 points and Kendra Herbenar had nine.

Eagles open with win

Defending 3A State Champion Aberdeen opened its season Thursday with a 67-52 win over Milford Mill in a Beast of the East game at St. Frances in Baltimore.

Brionna Jones scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the way, while younger sister, Stephanie Jones, had 17 points and 10 rebounds in her first varsity game.

The Eagles led at the half, 41-28.

Bobcats get first win

Bel Air (1-1) earned its first win Friday night, winning 41-25 on the road at Eastern Tech. The Bobcats led 19-12 at the half.

Jamie Bittner and Cassidy Jones scored 11 points each to pace the Bobcats and Connor Hanley pulled down 17 rebounds.

Huskies roll over Warriors

Patterson Mill (2-0) had no trouble in its first road game of the season, thumping host Havre de Grace( 0-2), 58-4, Friday evening.

Qalea Ismail led the Huskies with 18 points and Maya Peguero added nine.

Aro three-pointer leads Mustangs

Megan Aro's three-point basket with seven seconds left led C. Milton Wright (2-0) past visiting Edgewood, 49-46, Friday night.

Aro paced the Mustangs with 14 points and Abby Smucker finished with 11. Savannah Humphreys added nine points and nine rebounds.

Shania Stamper led all scorers with 18 points and Tymira Stamper had eight points for the Rams (0-2). Alexis Goldston scored six points.

Cougars lose again

Fallston slipped to 0-2 Friday night after a 47-36 loss to visiting Western Tech Friday.

Sam Gasior was the lone Cougar in double figures, scoring 12 points. The Cougars trailed at the half, 22-15.

HCS wins again

Harford Christian won its third straight game Thursday, edging host North East, 37-36.

The Eagles trailed 17-13 at the half, but rallied with a 13-7 third quarter advantage to lead 26-24.

Chloe Askers assisted two Amend Good baskets in the fourth quarter and then scored a three-point shot to put the Eagles ahead for good.

Good and Taylor Laving each scored seven points to pace the Eagles, while Stephanie Tittle added six.

Good and Kersey Williams each had eight rebounds and Tittle had seven steals.

Patriots get first win, then lose two

The John Carroll Patriots lost their second game in as many days Saturday morning falling to Stonewall Jackson 53-26 in the Beast of the East Showcase in Baltimore. Yemaya Johnson had 10 points, providing most of the offense for the seemingly slumbering Patriots who made just seven field goals for the game.

Johnson led all Patriot scorers on Friday night as well, but the Patriots were beaten at Pallotti, 54-46. Johnson finished with 16 points, while Sam Clarke and Ashley Hunter had nine points each in the loss.

The Patriots rebounded from their season opening loss with a 40-37 win over IAAM A Conference foe Mercy last Wednesday.

The host Patriots fell behind early after getting into foul trouble but held the Magic scoreless in the second period to tie the game at 14 at the half.

John Carroll took command in the third quarter, only to see Mercy make a charge at the end that fell short. John Carroll's leading scorer, Johnson, sat this one out with Achilles tendinitis. The Patriots were led by sophomore center Hunter, who powered in 10 points for the victors.