Having fallen one game short of reaching the Class 2A state semifinals the last four years, No. 5 Edmondson anxiously awaited another chance to join the elite at the Comcast Center.
But to do so, the Redskins had to resist looking ahead when they faced visiting Owings Mills in the North Region semifinal yesterday.
The Eagles will attest Edmondson is a focused team.
The Redskins (20-5) opened a 15-point halftime lead and cruised to an 87-60 victory.
Edmondson advances to play the Randallstown-Lake Clifton winner in the regional final Thursday.
“We have a sense of urgency,” said Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler, whose team starts five seniors. “We want to go out on top and go out as champions. My seniors are battled tested and hopefully they can carry us to a championship.”
Eleven Redskins scored, including five in double figures.
Edmondson received standout performances from Isaiah Tripp (20 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), Myrek Fowlkes (15 points), 6-foot-3 Darius Walker (12 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals), 6-foot-3 Darius Hubbard (12 points, 15 rebounds) and 6-foot-7 Jaquan Smith (10 points, 10 rebounds).
Renard Johnson led Owings Mills with 13 points and Koron Ford added 10.
“I didn’t realize they were as big as they were,” Owings Mills coach Richard Epps said. “We played hard for 32 minutes, but their size killed us. We didn’t box out and do basic basketball stuff that could help us win.”
The Eagles led once in the first quarter, 6-5, on Ceontay Coit’s three-pointer.
It was 9-9 with 5:35 remaining in the quarter when Ford sank Owings Mills (17-8) third straight trey.
But Edmondson closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to go ahead, 17-9.
The Redskins started to seize control in the second quarter, using a 9-3 spurt in first 1:24.
Edmondson began the third quarter with a 10-2 run to build an insurmountable 50-27 advantage.
Owings Mills had 10 turnovers in the third quarter and 23 overall.
“Our defense will dictate our offense,” Dantzler said. “We played well on defense and we turned it into a lot of turnovers and fast-break points.”