BY RANDY McROBERTS, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:48 PM EST, February 11, 2013
Highlighting girls basketball action Monday night, Patterson Mill bounced back from a drubbing at Aberdeen last week to deliver its own double-digit victory over visiting C. Milton Wright.
The Huskies (9-2 Chesapeake, 13-6 overall) placed three players in the double-digit scoring column to post an 62-44 UCBAC Chesapeake Division win over the Mustangs.
Morgan Golec led the Huskies with 18 points, while Qalea Ismail netted 16 points and Elizabeth Wilson added 10 points.
CMW (7-3, 13-6) was led by Abby Smucker's 12 points and Allie Appleby's 11 points.
Bobcats beat Elks
Bel Air (6-6, 10-9) closed out its Chesapeake season with a 61-55 victory over visting Elkton on Monday. The Bobcats outscored the Elks, 43-32, in the second half, after trailing at the half, 23-18.
Lacy Underhill scored 17 points to pace the Bobcats and Reni Tsomos tossed in 11 points.
Cougars beat Warriors
Fallston and Havre de Grace met in a non-division contest Monday that was postponed twice previously. In Monday's game, the host Cougars (5-15) defeated the Warriors (5-12), 47-27.
Megan Shock led the Cougars with 14 points and Logan Gasior added eight points.
Addie Richardson led Havre de Grace with 11 points and Taylor Smith finished with 10 points.
Eagles beat Huskies
With the Chesapeake Division title on the line, Aberdeen and Patterson Mill met for the second time in less than a month Thursday night on the Eagles' home floor.
For half of the first quarter, Patterson Mill played even with the Eagles, but over the final three and half quarters, it was all Aberdeen. The Eagles watched a 10-8 first quarter deficit turn into a lopsided 75-51 win.
An aggressive man-to-man defense and constant running game allowed the Eagles to transition into many baskets, 32 for the game. Patterson Mill had 20.
"We looked at the film from the first game, and the first game was an interesting scenario because that was our first game playing with out Bri [Brionna Jones, out for the year with a knee injury], so we still had to adjust our new playing style," Eagles coach Amber Milnes said. "So we kind of played it a little bit safe." That was a 60-57 Aberdeen win.
The Eagles have played a number of games since that Jan. 10 meeting, getting in tune for the late season run without Jones. The Eagles were also without starting point guard Kierra Palmer, who missed her third straight game because of concussion issues.
Without her, Aberdeen senior Jimmia McCluskey was the main pest to the Huskies offense, hawking the ball handler and forcing rushed and sometimes errant passes. The Eagles outscored the Huskies, 12-5, over the final minutes of the first quarter, allowing them to hold a 20-13 lead. Stephanie Jones scored nine of her game-high 23 points in that quarter.
The Huskies tried to stay close in the second quarter and trailed 24-20 on Morgan Golec's first basket, a three-pointer. From that point, Aberdeen closed the quarter on a 15-3 run. Nazje Norton scored seven of her 20 points in the quarter and it was her three-point shot that opened up a double-digit lead and forced Huskies coach Holly Ismail to call timeout with her team reeling and trailing, 35-23.
Out of the timeout, Aberdeen added two more baskets and took a commanding 39-23 lead into the halftime break.
"I think the first half we left a lot of points out there, left a lot of layups out there and we left free throws out there," Huskies coach Holly Ismail said. "You can't win ballgames against a team like this, I mean your going into the half down by 16, you're killing yourself mentally."
The third quarter didn't look much different, as McCluskey' steal and basket just seconds in got the Eagles rolling in half number two. That was McCluskey's (17 points) only basket of the quarter, while Norton continued her hot hand with eight points, including her second and third 3's of the contest.
There was no letup by the Eagles for the majority of the fourth quarter. McCluskey had seven in the quarter and Stephanie Jones had six. Endia Jones was the fourth Eagle to find double figures, finishing with 13 points.
Qalea Ismail led Patterson Mill (8-2, 13-6) with 15 points, while Golec, who was forced to sit early with two fouls, finished with 11. Sam Herman and Lydia Moro each scored eight points in the loss.
Eagles roll on
Aberdeen (10-0, 17-3) continued to roll in Chesapeake play Friday, hosting and beating Elkton, 77-31. The Eagles, which wrapped up the Chesapeake title, had four players score in double figures for a second straight night, led by McCluskey's 19 points.
Norton finished with 17 points, while Stephanie Jones added 14 points and Endia Jones finished with 13 points. Aberdeen led at the half, 43-16.
Rams win Susquehanna
Edgewood (12-0, 14-5) guaranteed its spot in the UCBAC championship Thursday, beating host Havre de Grace, 50-15, in Susquehanna play. The Rams will represent the Susquehanna in the UCBAC championship next Wednesday at 7 p.m. versus Aberdeen. The game will be played at Edgewood or C. Milton Wright.
Shania Stamper scored 16 points to pace the Rams, while Shania Beadles tossed in 12 points.
Taylor Smith paced Havre de Grace (5-7 with four points.
Mustangs beat Bobcats
C. Milton Wright picked up another Chesapeake win Thursday, beating visiting Bel Air, 61-30.
Megan Aro led the Mustangs with 12 points, while Abby Smucker and Savannah Humphreys each added 10 points.
Humphreys also grabbed seven rebounds.
Bel Air's Reni Tsomos led all scorers with 13 points.
CMW led the game at halftime, 34-17.