Aberdeen had nine turnovers in the Millers' decisive run, including two late in the second quarter on steals by White in the open court. The Eagles also went without a field goal from the time Jones hit a long jump shot with 52 seconds left in the first quarter until her next basket with 2:36 left before halftime.
Jones, who scored 46 points in the sectional semifinal, also had 14 rebounds, but the Millers won a lot of key boards even though they only outrebounded the Eagles 48-40.
For the Millers, this has been just part of the goal since day one.
"Even in tryouts, we were saying we wanted to get there — now it's Towson," Murray said. "We want to hold up that state championship banner and bring it back home. But we're still viewed as the underdogs, coming here to Aberdeen with them being the defending two-time champions and then winning by 18, it's a good confidence builder, but we've got to stay humble and hungry."
[Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun]
Warriors lose big
Havre de Grace, seeking its first region crown since 1990, had a rough day on the lower Eastern Shore. The Warriors traveled to Mardela, also home of the Warriors, and left with a 101-13 defeat.
Havre de Grace, which was dealt a pair of technical fouls in the loss, fell behind 20-5 through one quarter. The Mardela lead was 50-7 at the half and 74-11 at the end of the third. Mardela's starting five started the final quarter and continued to press, despite the insurmountable lead.
Taylor Smith scored five points, while four others contributed two points apiece. Havre de Grace ends the season 12-9.
Road to regional finals
Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Patterson Mill girls basketball teams each reached the final regional round with victories Thursday.
Aberdeen's win came over league opponent and visiting Bel Air, 84-35, in the Class 3A North-Section II final.
The Eagles led 41-14 late in the first half and went to the half leading 48-17. The lead was 63-24 late in quarter three, setting up the final push toward the lopsided win.
Nazje Norton poured in 29 points to guide Aberdeen, while Stephanie Jones added 17 points and Kierra Palmer scored 16.
Bel Air (15-9) was led by Megan Barrett with nine points.
Warriors beat Colonels
Havre de Grace claimed the 1A East-Section I title with a 53-33 win over visiting Colonel Richardson.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-4 lead through one quarter and led 26-17 at the half.
A 4-0 run to start the second half pushed the lead to 30-17 and with Addie Richardson's second three-point basket of the half, the lead jumped to 35-19 and the Colonels called timeout with 2:39 left in the third quarter.
The quarter ended with the Warriors leading, 37-21. Colonel Richardson closed to within 43-31 early in quarter four, but Havre de Grace pulled back away for the comfortable 20-point victory.
Richardson scored 22 points to lead three Warriors in double figures. Taylor Smith scored 12 points, despite missing time with four fouls, and Essence Maye finished with 10 points.
Seven players scored for Havre de Grace.
Huskies pound Tigers
Patterson Mill easily won the 2A East-Section I title, beating visiting Rising Sun, 77-26.
Junior Qalea Ismail led all scorers with 24 points, including 15 in the first quarter. Ismail also had eight steals, three assists and four blocks.
Sia Barnes and Chyna Latimer both had 15 points; Latimer completed the double-double with 11 rebounds.
Sam Herman contributed a team-high 11 assists to go along with five steals, while Kate Ekhart pulled down nine rebounds and Stephanie Ehly had four steals.
"This was a really nice complete team effort with players contributing in all areas of the game," Huskies head coach Holly Ismail said.