A small group of Harford County girls basketball teams were in action Wednesday.
Leading the way, C. Milton Wright (2-0) won for the second time in as many nights, beating visiting North East, 40-19.
The Mustangs were led by Sydney Frank and Moriah Snyder, each of whom scored 13 points.
Cobras open with win
Harford Tech was a winner in its season opener Wednesday, routing visiting Dundalk, 52-17.
Jada Bright scored 16 points to lead the Cobras and Courtney Logan chipped in with 11 points.
Bobcats lose opener
Bel Air dropped its season opener at home on Wednesday, losing 39-29, to Severna Park.
Bailey Springer scored nine points for the Bobcats.
With Amber Milnes back at the head coaching position, Aberdeen opened the girls basketball season on the road in Perryville Tuesday night.
The short trip was a good trip as the Eagles led big early and rolled to an 63-26 win.
C. Milton Wright also opened with a win Tuesday, while Havre de Grace, Patterson Mill, Edgewood and North Harford did not.
“We’re definitely trying to put the emphasis back on our defense again this year,” coach Milnes said. “We have a lot of girls on the team this year and just trying to tighten up the defense, make sure their traps are where they need to be, just hustle, play good ‘D’ and hope it leads to offense.”
That’s exactly what happened in the game’s first few minutes. Aberdeen applied a full court, man-to-man press and it gave Perryville big problems. Steal-after-steal gave the Eagles easy looks, but fortunately for the Panthers, not all the shots went in.
Enough though to push the Eagles out to an 8-0 lead. Perryville could not get a shot off and when they finally did, it was Brianna Yadlosky who took it and made it. “I really think we just panicked with the ball,” Yadlosky said. “It think it took us a little bit to get ready and get prepared with the ball, but I think if we work on it, we’ll get a lot more shots off from the floor.”
Jae DeVeaux’s three-point play boosted the Aberdeen lead to 16-3 and the first quarter ended 16-5. DeVeaux scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter off four layups and three free throws.
“It really doesn’t matter to me, anyway I can get some points, anyway I can get my team involved, then it doesn’t matter to me,” DeVeaux said.
The Eagles scored the first four points in the second quarter and an agitated Perryville first year coach Amanda Wolfe called timeout and in the process, drew a technical foul.
The quarter didn’t get much better for the Panthers, who were outscored 22-10 in it. Anija Stancell (13 points) scored the final five points in the quarter to give Aberdeen a commanding 38-15 halftime lead.
The Eagles scored 18 in the third quarter. Six coming from Zakeya Jones, whose two, three-point baskets pushed the lead to 54-19 and a 35-point margin to engage the running clock.
Both teams scored seven points in the final quarter and someone other than Yadlosky scored a basket. Yadlosky made three and finished with 14 points to pace the Panthers. Janine Nin had the other basket. Jordyn Pollitt added six points.
“The beginning, it’s the first time we’ve been pressed like that. We’ve seen presses from other teams in the past last season, but it wasn’t a full on man, in your face defense,” Panthers coach Wolfe said. “I think we struggled with it in the first and second quarter, but around halftime, we were able to realize that if we were to square up and see our options toward the basket, use a ball fake, we were able to break the press.”
Mustangs beat Hawks
CMW’s win came at North Harford, 37-27.
Sydney Frank scored 11 points to pace the Mustangs, while Cameron Sawyer led North Harford with eight points and eight rebounds. Autumn Susa added five points and eight rebounds for the Hawks.
Rams fall at home
Edgewood and new coach Lanie Andrews opened at home, but Kenwood dealt the Rams an 42-37 loss.
Skylar Lewis led the Rams with 18 points and Jasmyne Drakes added seven in the loss.
Tishawn Faison led Kenwood with 21 points.
Havre de Grace was beaten by visiting Tome, 45-18.The Warriors came out slow and took a while to get going which meant falling behind at the half, 33-5.
By playing better defense in the second half, the Warriors actually outscored Tome 13-12.
Junior Kayla Sumpter led Havre de Grace with nine points and freshman Lynnea Pugh added five points.
Huskies lose on road
Patterson Mill lost at South River, 56-19.
Meadow Santoriello led the Patterson Mill scoring with eight points and Delaney Madsens finished with six points.
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