BY RANDY McROBERTS, firstname.lastname@example.org
12:15 PM EST, January 29, 2013
The main focus of girls high school basketball action shifted to Morgan State, where Aberdeen and Patterson Mill each played in the 17th annual Baltimore City Public Schools Basketball Academy, presented by State Farm. Aberdeen played and won twice, Thursday and Saturday, while Patterson Mill played once, losing Friday.
Aberdeen's Thursday win came over Digital Harbor, who the Eagles (13-2) dispatched 63-45 after leading 36-12 at the half.
Freshman Stephanie Jones continued her recent scoring run, leading the Eagles with 26 points. Kierra Palmer scored 11 points and Jimmia McCluskey also finished in double figures with 10 points. Freshman Endia Jones contributed nine points and Nazje Norton had seven.
On Saturday, the Eagles were equally impressive in beating Poly, 64-44. The Eagles led 31-22 at the half and then used a 16-9 third quarter advantage to blow the game open.
Stephanie Jones was again the hot scoring hand for Aberdeen, tossing in 22 points. McCluskey added 14 points and Norton had 10. Palmer chipped in with nine points.
Based on her two-game performance, Stephanie Jones was named Academy MVP for Aberdeen.
Huskies fall to Millers
Patterson Mill (10-5) battled Milford Mill in a Friday contest, falling 55-41.
The Huskies were behind the eight ball from the start, having to play without Morgan Golec (illness) and Courtney Burrows (injury). Making matters worse, starters Qalea Ismail, Samantha Herman and Stephanie Ehly, were all injured during the loss.
"Battling best we can with the adversity we face," Huskies head coach Holly Ismail said.
Despite the injury to Ismail, the sophomore scored 18 points and was named MVP for Patterson Mill. Elizabeth Wilson also reached double figures with 13 points.
Bobcats nip Hawks
UCBAC girls basketball action continued to heat up Thursday evening and Pylesville was the site of a Chesapeake Division clash between Bel Air and host North Harford. Bel Air won, 56-54.
Bel Air (4-3 league, 8-6 overall) used a buzzer-beater to close the first half, allowing the Bobcats to take a 23-22 lead into the break.
The Bobcats increased their lead by one in the second half to hold on for the win.
Reni Tsomos scored 21 points to lead Bel Air, while Annie Wernig led North Harford (1-5, 3-10) with 22 points.
Mariners beat Warriors
Joppatowne visited Havre de Grace Thursday in Susquehanna play. Havre de Grace (4-4, 4-8) held a 14-12 halftime lead, but Joppatowne (4-4, 4-9) dominated the second half en route to a 39-23 win.
The Mariners outscored the Warriors 27-9 over the final two quarters.
Niyah Green led the winners with 16 points and Felicia Okoye added 13 points.
Taylor Smith and Shannon Pilcher led Havre de Grace with five points each.
Patriots beat Mustangs
In a non-league battle played last Wednesday, John Carroll made the short trip to C. Milton Wright and left with a 60-47 win.
Three Patriots - Yemaya Johnson, Marta Moix and Rita Watson - each posted double figures in the balanced attack for John Carroll that took down the hosts.
Allie Appleby had 14 points for the Mustangs (9-5), while Abby Smucker had 13, 11 from the free throw line.
The Patriots (7-11) took control of the game early with a stifling defense that held CMW to 14 first half points as they took a 26-14 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Mustangs put up 32 points, but the Patriots countered with 34 of their own.