Girls basketball teams were back on the court Monday night as region quarterfinal games took center stage in and out of Harford County.
In the county, Aberdeen (21-3) began its defense of last year's Maryland Class 3A state title with a comfortable 3A North victory over Franklin, 71-43. The Eagles led at the half, 44-11.
In what has become the norm for Aberdeen in the scoring department, Jimmia McCluskey led multiple Eagles in double figures with 18 points. Stephanie Jones scored 13 and Endia Jones added 12, as did Kierra Palmer. Nazje Norton made it five in the doubles with 10 points.
Aberdeen will host a semifinal game Wednesday, likely hosting Digital Harbor. The Eagles defeated Digital Harbor, 63-45, in late January. Aberdeen led that game at the half, 36-12.
Rams eliminate Cougars
Edgewood (17-6) kept its season alive by ending visiting Fallston's. The Rams pulled away late to win the 2A East contest, 44-33.
Edgewood struggled early as Fallston's defense kept the game close. The Cougars (6-18) scored the game's first four points, but Edgewood scored the next eight and led, 8-6, after one quarter. Jazmyn Sabino (eight points) scored five straight points for the Rams in the second quarter, pushing the lead to 18-12. Shanai Beadles came off the Edgewood bench to score four consecutive points and Edgewood built a 22-15 halftime lead.
Fallston came out of the half out hustling and outscoring Edgewood. The Cougars had the ball and trailed, 27-24, but could not convert offensively. On the opposite end, Edgewood's Ladea Boykin scored and then made a steal that led to another basket and the Rams were ahead through three quarters, 31-24.
Edgewood then used a 7-2 run to start the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to double digits. Late free throws by the Cougars made the final score a bit closer.
Jakia Robinson led the Rams with 14 points, while Jordan Vocke led the Cougars with 12. Phoenix Offutt added eight points and four blocks for Fallston.
Huskies beat Indians
Patterson Mill (18-6) took another step at repeating in 2A East, beating visiting North East, 72-36.
Morgan Golec led three Huskies in double figures with 21 points, while Samantha Herman added 12 points and Stephanie Ehly scored 10. Every player on the 11-person roster scored and had quality minutes. A great team effort, according to Huskies Head Coach Holly Ismail.
Qalea Ismail, recovering from illness, played sparingly.
Patterson Mill will host Edgewood at 6 p.m. Wednesday in semifinal action.
Bobcats fall on road
Bel Air (11-12) saw its season end at City after suffering an 66-32 loss in 3A North.
Connor Hanley scored 13 points to lead the Bobcats and Lacy Underhill scored seven.
The Bobcats trailed at the half, 31-17.
Warriors lose, too