Division leads in UCBAC girls basketball play were up for grabs Tuesday evening with a pair of games played in Harford County.
Joppatowne hosted and beat Bo Manor, 40-38, in Susquehanna Division action, while C. Milton Wright played host to and beat Aberdeen, 45-37, in Chesapeake Division play.
Both home team wins put Joppatowne and CMW atop their respective divisions at the halfway point of the season.
“We stuck together, we played as a team,” Joppatown’s Shawkina Mulizam said. “Played hard the whole game, got the win.”
At Joppatowne, Bo Manor scored routinely from inside the paint in the opening quarter, giving the Eagles (3-1, 6-2) a 15-11 advantage into the second quarter.
Two baskets from Mulizam knotted the game at 15, early in quarter two. The Mariners (6-0, 9-1) slipped ahead, 17-15, for their first lead since they led, 3-2, in the opening minute.
Taylor Jones put the Mariners up 20-17 with her three-point shot and the Mariners took a 22-17 lead into the half.
The Joppatowne lead was 27-24 late in the third quarter when Bo Manor head coach Jazmene White was hit with a technical foul. Mulizam made both free throws to give the Mariners a 29-24 lead.
Bo Manor battled back and the Eagles tied the game at 29-29.
Eagles point guard Kayla Thompson had possession along the baseline as time expired. Thompson put up a made shot, some nearly two seconds after the horn sounded.
One referee waved the shot off, but the referee nearest, called the basket good, as well as calling a foul. Thompson (12 points) added the free throw to tie the game.
Mulizam opened the final quarter with a three-point play. The Mariners went ahead, 32-29, and never lost the lead again.
Bo Manor had one last chance with 10.8 seconds left. Mulizam’s steal and basket gave Joppatowne a 40-35 lead. On the inbounds, Mulizam was called for a foul and in her frustration also received a technical.
The technical became her fifth foul, and she was out of the game with a game-high 29 points.
Bo Manor had four free throws and possession coming. The Eagles made just one of four free throws and Haley Krone added a basket to end the scoring.
“I’ve been coaching 17 years, New York and here in Maryland and you never know with basketball, but you do kind of wonder sometimes, was that the right call, could I have called a timeout earlier, that kind of thing,” Mariners coach Erica Kelly said. “I always tell my girls, keep their composure, because in a game like this, that’s what the difference is.”
Mustangs beat Eagles
At CMW, the Mustangs (6-0, 11-2) dealt the Eagles (5-1, 12-1) their first loss.
Moriah Snyder scored a game-best 18 points to lead the Mustangs, who led at the half, 26-24.
Sydney Frank added 12 points for the winners and Anija Stancell led Aberdeen with 15 points.
Cougars beat Huksies
Fallston (2-3, 5-7) knocked off visiting Patterson Mill (1-5, 2-10), 42-25, in Chesapeake play.
Angelica Quintero had a solid night to lead the Cougars, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for the double-double. She also blocked four shots.
Maria Tamaris added nine points, two blocks, five rebounds and two steals, while Emily Rhinehart had nine points and six rebounds.
Hawks beat Tigers
North Harford (4-1, 4-6) traveled to Rising Sun (0-5, 2-6) and won, 49-42, in Susquehanna play.
The Hawks had a well balanced scoring attack, led by senior Kayla Mangin’s 12 points. Junior Cameron Sawyer added 10 points and juniors Jess Smith and Autumn Susa scored nine points each. Susa also added nine rebounds.
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