The 2012-13 girls high school basketball season got under way Wednesday with two first-year head coaches, Holly Ismail at Patterson Mill and Erica Kelly at Joppatowne, meeting at the Bel Air area school.
The host Huskies treated coach Ismail to an easy, 70-13 victory, scoring the first 12 points and running away from there.
The game was all but over in the first five minutes. Joppatowne had trouble with a suffocating style of defense by Patterson Mill. The Mariners turned the ball over 12 straight times and didn't get a shot off until the 3:09 mark of the first quarter.
The Huskies weren't exactly hot in the shooting department, either, but made enough to take a 12-0 lead.
Joppatowne's first point came on an Annalise Paylor free throw.
The Huskies, guided by Qalea Ismail's 11 first-half points, led 21-3 after one quarter and 41-8 at the half.
Patterson Mill then outscored the Mariners 10-1 and 19-4 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Ismail finished with a game-high 23 points and Morgan Golec added 17 points. Sam Herman also reached double figures with 12 points.
Paylor scored five points to lead Joppatowne and Felicia Okoye had four points.
Mustangs crush Warriors
C. Milton Wright opened with a lopsided win, beating host Havre de Grace, 81-12, Wednesday evening. Halftime score was 51-7.
Lauren Haggerty led the Mustangs with 16 points and Alexis Johnson added 12 points and eight rebounds. Alexis Cuffe contributed six rebounds.
Bobcats lose opener away
Bel Air dropped its season opener Wednesday at NDP, falling 43-25. The Bobcats trailed at the half, 26-13.
Jamie Bittner scored seven points to pace the Bobcats and Connor Hanley added six points.
Rams fall on road, too
Edgewood also opened on the road at Oakland Mills, where the Scorpions dealt the Rams a 45-25 loss.
Shania Stamper scored 10 points to lead the Rams.
Cougars open with road loss
Fallston fell at Catonsville, 62-27, Wednesday in season opening play. Sam Gasior led the Cougars with six points. The Cougars trailed 34-8 at the half.
Harford Tech information
Coach Steve Tanribilir says the Cobras have no returning starters this year, but a brand new team, basically from the past several years. Despite that, he says, "The girls are excited though to compete."
The Cobras returning letter winners and projected starters are Katrina Yaroshevich, junior forward; Amber Olsen, sophomore center; Taehanna Knox, senior guard; Larque Puffenbarger, sophomore forward; and Immani Halley, freshman guard.
Tech's team information didn't show in the preview as because of a email snafu with Tanribilir.