When two up-tempo basketball teams square off, the decisive factor normally is execution. That was the story Friday at Loch Raven, where Dulaney's girls defeated the Raiders, 54-46, in overtime by hitting six of nine shots in the extra session.
Senior forward Erin Briggs, who finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, sparked Dulaney in overtime. She scored nine points.
"It's the first game we played in overtime this year," Dulaney coach Jess Szymanski said. "We came through in the clutch when it really mattered. They realized the game was on the line, and they busted their butts for four minutes. We really grew as a team. It was a great victory for us."
Dulaney almost gave the game away in the fourth quarter, going through a scoring drought for more than four minutes to allow overtime to happen.
During that stretch, the Lions committed three turnovers and missed eight consecutive shots, including two layups.
Loch Raven capitalized. After trailing 40-30 in the middle of the quarter, the Raiders closed with a 10-0 run. Sophomore center Tyana Curtis scored six points in that span and senior guard Courtney Genovese added four.
It seemed as though Loch Raven had all the momentum going into overtime, but it wasn't the case.
Dulaney scored the first seven points to go ahead 47-40 with 2:11 remaining.
Loch Raven, however, cut the lead to 47-46 in the next 1:11 on a pair of three-pointers by senior guard Melissa Magtanong.
The Raiders failed to get off another shot and turned the ball over twice. Briggs scored the last five points.
"We just fell short," Loch Raven first-year coach Katie Cox said. "We fought as long as we could. We came back, but we couldn't sustain it."
Dulaney sophomore point guard Ellie Mathey added 13 points and three steals. Teammate Carly Glinowiecki contributed four points and seven steals, and Armni Graves had five points and seven rebounds.
Genovese totaled 10 points, six rebounds and five steals.