Patterson Mill easily wins first UCBAC girls basketball title

By a very lopsided score, the Patterson Mill girls basketball team won its first Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship Wednesday night at C. Milton Wright.

The Huskies, champions of the Chesapeake Division, rolled past the Susquehanna Division champion Fallston Cougars, 58-14.

"It's really good, the team worked really hard and it's good we finally get the recognition. We beat Aberdeen and we wanted to show that we're the best in Harford County," junior point guard Sam Herman said. "It's good for the team."

Despite being a bit sloppy early on, Patterson Mill used pressure to take advantage of Fallston's numerous mistakes for a quick 12-0 lead. It was Herman's three-point basket that got the Huskies rolling.

"Pressure has been our nemesis all year," Cougars head coach Mike McTeague said. "We do not respond to really good pressure and they're really good."

Qalea Ismail's three-point play was part of the run and Fallston's first points came on Megan Reilly's three-point shot with 1:42 to play in the opening quarter.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, who had trouble getting shots off, the next time they scored, the deficit was 27-3, midway through quarter two.

The combination of shots taken to turnovers was the story. Fallston shot the ball 29 times, making just four, while committing 32 turnovers.

Five of those were converted into layups for Ismail, who finished with a game-high 22 points. The Huskies took a commanding lead, 32-6, into the half, which ended with another Huskies 5-0 run.

The run grew to 9-0 in the third quarter (36-6) and the quarter ended with Patterson Mill leading, 43-10. In the quarter's final minute, Gabby Chenoworth scored two of her seven points, that pushed the lead to 35 points (43-8), initiating the running clock for the remainder of the game.

The Huskies (17-4 overall) outscored the Cougars (14-8 overall) 15-4 in the final quarter. Freshman Khayla Mitchell finished with 11 points for the Huskies and fellow freshman Chyna Latimer added eight points.

Megan Reilly's five points led the Cougars.

"For us it's about playing consistent, not letting up regardless of who we are playing," Huskies head coach Holly Ismail said. "That's sort of what I talk to my girls about all of the time, playing strong basketball for all 32 minutes."

The Huskies also beat the Cougars in early January, 51-20. It's likely the two will meet again next week in a region quarterfinal. "It's all in the preparation, again, it's the preparation of playing consistently. There were some defensive things I didn't like and they have to do that better," Ismail said. "We're not going to overlook Fallston, we can't overlook anybody."

Warriors beat Mariners

Havre de Grace closed out its regular season Tuesday, beating visiting Joppatowne, 48-38, in Susquehanna play.

The Warriors used a 15-0 run to end the first quarter and led, 20-4, after the quarter.

The lead was 30-16 at half and 38-22 through three quarters. Taylor Smith scored 15 points to lead Havre de Grace (8-6 league, 10-8 overall) and Addie Richardson added 13 points. Lauren Herrington chipped in nine points and Essence Johnson contributed seven points off the bench.

Joppatowne's (3-9 league, 3-15 overall) Tyshaun Creighton led all scorers with 22 points.

Mustangs win big

C. Milton Wright (6-6 league, 10-10 overall) had no trouble with visiting Elkton in its season finale Tuesday. The Mustangs won, 72-6, in Chesapeake play.

Emma Hahner, in 10 minutes of play, scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Cidney Gray contributed 10 points and four steals.

Bobcats beat Rams

Bel Air also closed out its schedule with a win, beating visiting Edgewood, 46-36, in Chesapeake play Tuesday.

Emily Strawbridge led the Bobcats (7-5 league, 13-8 overall) with 16 points, while Shania Stamper scored 14 points to pace Edgewood (3-9 league, 10-10 overall).

Bel Air led, 21-18, at the half.

Region playoffs

The draw for regional playoffs was held Sunday and seven teams will play in today's (Friday) first round.

In Class 3A North-Section II, North Harford will host Patapsco at 5:30 p.m., while C. Milton Wright will host Dundalk at 7 p.m. In an all-Harford contest, Bel Air will host Edgewood at 6 p.m.

Aberdeen, the top seed, received a bye and will host the North Harford-Patapsco winner next week.

In 2A East-Section I, Fallston will visit North East at 6 p.m. and Harford Tech will face visiting Elkton at approximately 8 p.m. Patterson Mill is the top seed and will host Fallston or North East next week.

In 1A East-Section I, Joppatowne will visit Kent County at 5 p.m., while top seed Havre de Grace will host the winner March 4 at 6 p.m.

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