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
Havre de Grace also lost on the road, getting edged at Sparrows Point, 40-38, in 1A North.
Addie Richardson led the Warriors (6-15) with 25 points and Taylor Smith chipped in with five points.
Bobcats beat Hawks
Bel Air advanced in Class 3A North first round play Friday with a 51-44 win over county neighbor and host North Harford. The Hawks led at the half, 28-19.
Connor Hanley led the Bobcats with a double-double. The senior forward pumped in 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Teammate Reni Tsomos, a sophomore guard, added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Morgan Knox scored 19 points in her final game as a Hawk. North Harford finished the year 8-14.
Cougars claw Tigers
In a 2A East battle of cats, host Fallston kept its season alive, beating Rising Sun, 35-24, Friday in first round action. The Cougars led at the half, 17-9.
Megan Shock led the Cougars with 12 points and Logan Gasior finished with nine.
Huskies beat Elks
Playing without sophomore leader Qalea Ismail, who was out sick, Patterson Mill rolled over visiting Elkton, 68-33 in first round 2A East action Friday.
Lydia Moro stepped up in Ismail's absence and scored a game-high 21 points. Elizabeth Wilson added 11 points, while Samantha Herman and Morgan Golec each had nine.
Rams beat Mariners
Edgewood also won in 2A East Friday, beating visiting rival Joppatowne, 47-34, in first round play.
Shania Stamper led the Rams with 18 points, while Jazmyn Sabino and Jakia Robinson each scored seven. Joppatowne's season ends at 8-14.
Warriors beat Eagles
Havre de Grace won in 1A North first round play, traveling to and beating Bo Manor, 41-23, Friday.
Lauren Herrington scored a season-high 16 points to pace the Warriors, Addie Richardson chipped in with 11 points. Ashley Algard and Taylor Smith each scored six points.
C. Milton Wright played its 3A North first round game Thursday on the road and lost at Milford Mill, 56-35.
Allie Appleby scored 12 points to lead the Mustangs (14-8) and Abby Smucker added nine points, four rebounds and four assists in her final game.
In Class 2A East, Harford Tech (3-16) had its season end at North East, 49-41, Friday. No further details were provided.
HCS is third
Harford Christian finished third in its league tournament Saturday, defeating Granite Baptist, 54-47, in the consolation game. HCS was led by Chloe Akers' 21 points and Leah Edwards' 10 points. All-tournament selection Kelsey Williams added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Williams scored 16 points in the Eagles semifinal loss to champion Carroll Christian. Edwards had nine points as well.
In the tourney's first round, Harford defeated Arlington Baptist, 38-24. Akers led the scoring with 11 points, while Williams and Taylor Lavin each had seven points and Edwards added six points.
Standing at 15-13 on the season, Harford enters the Maryland Christian Schools State Tournament this week to close out the season.