With the playoffs looming, a lot was riding on Glenelg Country School's game against Friends School of Baltimore.
A victory over Friends would create a two-way tie between the teams for third place in the conference. A coin toss would decide which team got the third spot.
Friends made sure it didn't get that far.
With Emma Sissman scoring all of her game-high 15 points in the second half, the Quakers rallied from a slow start to win, 43-33.
"We were in the flow of our offense in the first half," Sissman said. "In the second half, we knew we had to pick it up. We got our offense moving quicker and we put in a more aggressive defense."
Friends' 1-3-1 zone combined with its half-court trapping press changed the complexion of the game.
"Their 1-3-1 hurt us a little bit and we had trouble making adjustments with that," said Glenelg Country School coach Dominique D'Amico. "I think we didn't come out as aggressive the second half."
The Dragons led, 21-14, at intermission.
"It took us a little while to get going," said Friends coach John Wall. The Friends bus took a wrong turn and the team arrived after the scheduled game time.
"We knew it was an important game and it took us a little while to get ourselves together and to start making shots."
Molly Green added 12 points to the Friends' cause and Rachel Kehoe chipped in seven. In addition, Green (10), Nurisha Rodriguez (eight) and Sissman (seven) helped the Quakers control the boards.
"The timing of our momentum hurt us," D'Amico said. "We had the momentum at the beginning and they had it at the end."
Freshman Sabrina Deleonibus led Glenelg Country with seven points.
The Dragons, seeded fourth, host Baltimore Lutheran at 5:30 tomorrow in a first-round IAAM C Conference playoff game.
F - Sissman 15, Green 12, Kehoe 7, Cooper 5, Stanley 3, Rodriguez 1. FT: 10-19.
GCS - Deleonibus 7, Ogechi 6, Harbold 6, Isaacs 4, Hursey 4, Foxwell 4, Renko 2. FT: 4-7.
Halftime: Glenelg Country, 21-14.
Atholton 55, Long Reach 44
Bright white smiles helped light up the Atholton gym after the Raiders upset Long Reach.
Atholton entered the game with two county victories; Long Reach had 10 plus the knowledge it had beaten Atholton by 15 points earlier in the season.