Dulaney tops Blake in girls basketball first-round playoff game

Senior guard Sara Dorl scored a career-high 24 points to lead Dulaney to a 57-47 victory over visiting Blake in a Class 4A North Region first-round playoff game Friday night.

The Lions (16-6) advance to play Catonsville at 6 p.m. Monday in a quarterfinal.

Dulaney coach Jess Szymanksi hopes Dorl can put together a similar performance against the Comets.

"I call her the energizer bunny because she goes a mile-a-minute," she said. "She turns the ball over a lot, but she does a lot of awesome stuff for us on the floor."

Junior guard Armani Graves added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Lions, and sophomore point guard Ellie Mathey contributed nine points and five assists. Teammate Carly Glinowiecki, a junior/guard forward, had nine rebounds.   

Blake, of Colesville, led 26-22 at halftime and was ahead 32-30 midway through the third quarter.

That's about the time Lions picked up their play. Dulaney closed the quarter on a 7-2 run to hold a 37-32 advantage. 

Michele Wallace's layup with 4:07 remaining cut Dulaney's lead to 44-42, but Graves answered with a basket to begin a 9-0 run that carried the Lions to the victory.

"I told them to just calm down and run the offense," Szymanksi said. "I felt like we were going a mile a minute and it was kind of turning into a disaster. We were going too quick for our own good. Certainly when we calmed down, we had open looks.  And I think we did a good job of converting some layups, which helped a lot."

Brooke Wall (2 points), Erin Briggs (2) and Nia Marrow (1) also scored for the winners.  Junior guard Asha Henley (17 points) and Freshman center Sofilia Ngwafang (12 points) led Blake. 

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