Basketball playoffs open with 11 Harford teams posting wins

Randy McRoberts
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Wins were aplenty Friday night for many Harford County boys and girls basketball teams as the region playoffs got underway for nine boys teams and eight girls.

Six boys teams won to advance onto Monday’s next round, while five girls teams also won to move onto Tuesday’s next round.

In Havre de Grace, for Class 1A East, Section I play, the Warriors (16-5) turned back the Bo Manor Eagles (8-13), 69-59. It was the fourth meeting this season between the two teams and the third straight win for Havre de Grace.

The Warriors got off to a fast, 6-0 start, and led throughout the first half. It was 20-16 after one quarter and the Eagles stayed in the game with a number of three-point shots.

“I’m not surprised actually, being it’s the fourth time we played them this year, they’ve given us a particular challenge,” Warriors coach Brian Eberhardt said. “Their kids are scrappy, I knew coming in this was not going to be an easy game.”

The Warriors led 36-31 inside of two minutes left in the half. A 5-0 run to end the half, sent the Warriors to the break, up 10, 41-31.

Bo Manor sophomore guard Anthony Pompilli scored 13 points in third quarter to bring the Eagles (20 points in quarter) back. Josiah Scott’s drive and acrobatic score allowed Havre de Grace to lead, 52-51, entering the final quarter.

Pompilli (23 points) added another basket to open the final quarter, giving Bo Manor its first lead, 53-52.

The inside play of the Warriors big two, Ishawn Bryant and Caprice Butler, took over. The two combined for all 17 fourth quarter points.

“It wasn’t originally the game plan, but we saw that was working so we kept driving it in there and why try to fix something if it isn’t broken,” Bryant said.

Bryant’s (21 points, nine rebounds) steal and basket, followed by Butler’s (16 points, 11 rebounds) put back on a missed free throw pushed the Warriors back ahead, 57-53.

“I was getting angry because I wasn’t getting the ball as much as I wanted, but I try to hold my team up,” Butler said.

Bryant’s final basket made it 61-55 and with 1:41 to play, the lead was 63-59.

Another Butler follow on a miss made it 65-59 and Bo Manor used its final timeout with 1:07 to play. Free throws from Bryant and Butler and an ill-advised baseline jumper from Butler closed out the scoring.

Jordan White added 12 points for the Warriors and Scott finished with 11. Johnny Knight had 16 points for the Eagles.

The Warriors will host Joppatowne (15-6) Monday at 6 p.m. The Mariners were a 67-56 winner over visiting Coppin Academy. Stats were not provided.

Also in 1A East, Patterson Mill (14-6) also advanced, beating visiting Colonel Richardson, 56-44. The Huskies will visit top seed Kent County, a 79-29 winner over Perryville, on Monday.

2A East boys

Fallston (11-10) advanced in 2A East, Section I with an 59-37 win over visiting Rising Sun (1-16).

Fallston was led by Collin Hoerr’s 15 points. Mason Mullaney added 11 points and Ethan Sommer scored 10. Ryan Cassedy chipped in with eight points. Nine players scored for the Cougars, who outscored the Tigers, 17-2, in the second quarter to take a commanding, 36-17, halftime lead.

The Cougars will visit Harford Tech (11-6) in Monday’s next round. The Cobras had a bye.

3A North boys

C. Milton Wright (18-3) and Edgewood (6-15) advanced with wins in 3A North, Section II play.

CMW was an easy winner over visiting Patapsco, 79-45.

Imran Husain’s 12 points led 13 Mustangs in the score column. Eric Stiemke also reached double figures with 11 points. Brett Lindsey and Hunter Sigler scored eight points each.

Jack Van Syckle added seven points, four assists, eight rebounds and six blocks.

The Mustangs were rolling by halftime, 49-16.

CMW will host Kenwood at 6 p.m. Monday. Kenwood beat visiting Aberdeen (4-16) Friday, 58-50.

Edgewood’s win came at Bel Air (6-15), where the Rams won, 58-51.

The halftime score was 23-22, favor Edgewood.

Civon Edwards scored 18 points to pace three Rams in double figures. Rian Watkins added 14 points and Tiare Waldon scored 11. Stephan Lievers chipped in with seven points.

The Rams will play at top seed Dundalk on Monday at 6 p.m.

3A North girls

Aberdeen (19-2) and Bel Air (11-9) were winners in 3A North, Section II play.

Aberdeen defeated visiting Edgewood (0-20), 65-15.

Anija Stancell and Jae DeVeaux led the effort on both sides of the floor and finished with 14 points each. Tristyn DeVeaux added 10 points.

Bel Air defeated visiting Patapsco, 64-23.

On her birthday, Julia Henry celebrated with 14 points to lead the Bobcats, who led, 33-8, at half.

The Bobcats will play at Aberdeen on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

C. Milton Wright (18-2) had a bye and will host Kenwood on Tuesday.

2A East girls

Harford Tech (7-10) and North Harford (9-12) were winners on Friday in 2A East, Section I play.

Tech won over host Rising Sun (6-11), 60-33.

Courtney Logan’s 12 points led the scoring, while Breyanna McWhite added the double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Tianna Cunningham also scored 11 points.

The Cobras will play at Elkton (12-8) on Tuesday.

North Harford’s win came at home, a 55-35 win over North East.

Junior Alison Bufano led scoring for the Hawks with 17 points, while junior Cameron Sawyer completed a double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds.

Junior Autumn Susa and sophomore Ava Schmidt scored six points each, followed by junior Jess Smith with five.

North Harford will visit Fallston on Tiuesday. The Cougars (7-12) had a bye.

1A East girls

Joppatowne (17-2) beat visiting Patterson Mill (2-19), 61-35, in 1A East, Section I play.

Taylor Jones scored 19 points to lead the way and Shawkina Mulizam netted 15. NaTori Blackman also scored 11 for the Mariners, who will host Perryville (9-8) on Tuesday at 6.

The Panthers beat beat visiting Kent County, 45-41, Friday.

Delaney Madsen led the Huskies with 18 points.

Also, Havre de Grace (4-16) was beaten at Coppin Academy, 63-12.

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