When Hereford senior point guard Cori Beck hit a 10-foot jumper early in the first quarter Thursday night against host New Town in the Class 2A North Section II final, the Bulls had a 4-1 lead.
By the time Hereford scored again, the Bulls had let the game get away from them.
No. 13 New Town used a 10-2 run after the Bulls’ brief lead and, behind another impressive performance by senior shooting guard Candis Taylor, the Titans posted a 48-36 victory.
Taylor led the Titans (20-2) with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Beck finished with a team-high 12 points.
“You have to give credit to New Town,” Hereford coach Ellen Fitzkee said. “They are aggressive, they rush you and are very athletic. They really hurt on us the offensive glass (39 total rebounds).”
After Hereford (17-3) cut the lead to 11-6 on a pair of Beck free throws with 2:33 remaining in the first quarter, the Titans closed the period with a 5-0 spurt.
“I thought we were kind of hanging with them in the first quarter there,” Fitzkee said. “But we came out kind of nervous. I use the term, ‘deer in headlights.’ That’s what happened.”
The Titans began the second quarter on 5-0 run over the first 3:23.
Christy Ivey’s basket 13 seconds later ended Hereford’s dry spell.
New Town ended the second quarter on a 9-4 tear to go ahead 30-13 at halftime.
“They had 30 points at halftime and 15 were from the foul line,” Fitzkee said. “We said in the second half we had to play better defense. I don’t whose defense we were playing in the first half. It didn’t look like the defense we had played all year long.”
New Town took its biggest lead, 40-17, by going on a 10-4 run to start the third quarter.
Marayiha Smith (9 points) and Myanna Lewis started it with consecutive three pointers.
Khariah Kosh totaled nine rebounds for the Titans, who host Chesapeake of Baltimore County in the regional final in Owings Mills on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“Against Hereford, we did the things we have been doing all season long,” New Town coach Gena Young said. “We focused on defense, getting the ball to our scorers and getting to the basket.”
Hereford junior guard Emma Reider had 10 points after scoring a team-high 15 in a 68-28 victory over Owings Mills in the Bulls’ Class 2A North Section semifinal II victory.