The Havre de Grace girls basketball team advanced in regional playoffs Wednesday night, beating visiting Kent County, 40-34, in a Class 1A East-Section I semifinal.
The Warriors (11-8) are scheduled to play for the Section I title Thursday at 6 p.m. against visiting Colonel Richardson. A win puts the Warriors into Saturday's region championship game, likely on the Eastern Shore.
In Wednesday's win, the Warriors trailed 6-5 after one quarter, but led 15-12 at the half. The lead grew to 26-22 through three quarters and was 30-25 midway through the fourth quarter when the Warriors hit two of their bigger shots, back-to-back.
Taylor Smith, who struggled from the field most of the night, sank a three-point basket to push the lead to 33-25. Less than 30 seconds later, Addie Richardson brought the ball back down the court, and with head coach Kristi Caprarola and others hollering for her to slow it down, Richardson drilled a three-point shot that pushed the lead to 36-25 with 2:55 to play.
The Lady Trojans closed to within five, 38-33, but the Warriors held on for the six-point win.
Lauren Herrington scored six of her team-high 14 points in the final quarter and Richardson finished with 13. Essence Maye contributed seven points in the win.
Kent County's Deja Jones scored 30 points in the loss.
Girls basketball playoffs continued Tuesday with Aberdeen, Bel Air and Patterson Mill all collecting wins.
In the wins, no one had a bigger night than Aberdeen sophomore Stephanie Jones, who scored a career high 46 points to lead the Eagles past visiting North Harford, 85-67, in Class 3A North-Section II semifinal action.
Jones' two, three-point plays in the opening quarter propelled Aberdeen to an early 15-2 lead. Jones added seven more baskets (three, three-pointers) in the quarter to finish with 23 and Aberdeen led 32-8 after one quarter.
Jones added 11 more in quarter number two for 34 first half points, before scoring six in each of the final two quarters. Jones has 920 career points.
Aberdeen led, 50-26, at the half and pushed the lead to as many as 29 points in the third quarter, but North Harford refused to quit and very early in the fourth quarter, had the huge deficit down to nine. Aberdeen, though, held off any further charge and pulled back away for the 18-point win.
Katie Sanderson and Kierra Palmer each scored 12 points for Aberdeen (16-6), while Allie Whitacre scored 28 points for the Hawks (11-13). Annie Wernig added 18 points in the loss.
Bobcats beat Mustangs
Bel Air (15-8) will be Aberdeen's next opponent because the Bobcats knocked off visiting C. Milton Wright, 66-60, in the other 3A North-Section II semifinal.
Samantha Barnett scored 16 points for Bel Air, while Emma Hahner led CMW (11-11) with 16 as well.
CMW led the game at halftime, 29-28.
Aberdeen will host Bel Air at 6 p.m. in Thursday's Section II final.
Patterson Mill also wins
Patterson Mill also advanced in 2A East-Section I semifinal play, beating visiting Fallston, 56-22. It was the Huskies second win over the Cougars in seven days.
Qalea Ismail led the Huskies (18-4) with 25 points. Sam Herman and Sia Barnes scored eight points each and eight players scored for the Huskies.
Logan Gasior scored seven points for Fallston (15-9.
Patterson Mill will host Rising Sun in Thursday's Section I final at 7 p.m. Rising Sun beat visiting Harford Tech, 54-39, in Tuesday's other semifinal..