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Girls basketball still alive and well in Harford [Commentary]

BY RANDY McROBERTS, rmcroberts@theaegis.com

12:22 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

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Harford County's mark on the state in girls basketball is continuing as a result of Saturday's region championship games.

The county sent three teams into championship play, but only Patterson Mill came away with a title, the third straight for the Huskies.

This run by girls teams in the county started in 2009, when Fallston marched all the way to the Class 3A state title. The Cougars followed that up the next season, winning the 2010 crown in Class 2A.

Joppatowne joined in, also winning a state crown in 2010, capturing the 1A championship.

The Mariners came back in 2011, looking for a repeat, but a loss in the semifinals ended that campaign. That year, though, Aberdeen began its three-year reign in region and state play. Unfortunately, Aberdeen's run ended Saturday at the hands of Milford Mill.

It was in 2011 that Aberdeen nearly won the 3A title, falling five points shy to Frederick, 76-71. That loss just delayed the inevitable as Aberdeen roared back in 2012 to easily win the 3A title and then make it back-to-back with another 3A championship in 2013.

It was 2012 that Patterson Mill started to show up in title talks and with Saturday's 2A East Region title, they are still the talk.

The Huskies have yet to reach a state title game, falling in the semis in both 2012 and 2013. I really believe this year will be different.

The girls state tournament has changed venues and maybe that's a good sign for the Huskies. Towson University's SECU Arena is the new home, replacing UMBC's RAC Arena.

Personally, I like the RAC Arena and the easiness getting to the UMBC campus. Having not been to Towson's new SECU Arena yet, I will withhold judgment.

Having not covered boys basketball for many years, I have to believe that Patterson Mill winning a boys title is a bit of a surprise. Taking nothing away from this year's Huskies team, one might have thought the Huskies had better teams the previous two seasons. Anyway, it's this year's Huskies that are bound for College Park and that's all that matters.

Congratulations to both Patterson Mill basketball teams. Go make history.

Now, because of my coverage of high school wrestling, I did not get to see any of the region girls basketball finals.

Saturday was my day to be in College Park, somewhat early until late. That's what happens when you have wrestlers competing for state titles in three of the final four weight classes.

Sadly, my long day resulted in talking to three state runner-ups from the county and one state champ, Chris Brown, from nearby Perryville.

It's not the first time the county has been held titleless, but it stings just the same.

Spring is coming. May not feel like it Thursday, but a quick rebound for the weekend. Get out and enjoy it.