For the first time in over a week, most of Harford County's girls basketball teams were back on the court Tuesday as regular season play continues to wind down.
In Aberdeen, the Eagles were without sophomore sensation Stephanie Jones, but the Eagles were still able to slide by a stubborn C. Milton Wright club, 62-60, in UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division action. Jones missed the game with a tender ankle, an injury sustained during Monday's win at Edgewood.
Aberdeen (7-1 league, 12-6 overall) led 56-50 with just under 4 minutes to play. CMW (4-4, 8-8) scored the next five points and the final 3:10 provided much excitement.
It was Megan Aro's three-pointer for CMW that pulled the Mustangs to within the single point. It was Aro again with just 48 seconds left when her third three-pointer of the contest tied the game at 60-60 after Lisa Eller had given Aberdeen a 60-57 lead just seconds earlier on a follow shot.
Aberdeen's potential go-ahead possession saw Kierra Palmer's runner roll off the rim with 11.9 left. CMW then took the ball down and it, too, missed the possible winning shot.
On the rebound though, CMW's Alexis Johnson was called for a foul, her fifth, against Eller with 00:7 showing on the clock. Eller went to the line for a 1-and-1 and made the first, banking it off the glass and in.
Eller missed the second and CMW grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 00:6 left. Mustangs coach Marvin Evans was not happy with the foul call that decided the game and his verbal displeasure was hit with a technical foul. Nazje Norton, whose career best 33 points were more than half the Eagles total, sank one of two free throws to finalize the scoring.
Both teams were sloppy in the first half, which led to Aberdeen leading 10-9 after one quarter. Norton's four, three-point baskets in the second quarter allowed Aberdeen to pull away for a 32-27 halftime lead.
Emma Hahner (16 points) and Lauren Haggerty (14 points) each scored six in the third quarter to help push CMW ahead, 37-36. Aberdeen's Palmer pushed the Eagles back ahead late in the quarter with two consecutive steals and layups. That gave Aberdeen an 46-45 lead through three quarters.
Palmer finished with 12 points and Aro had 11 points for CMW. The Mustangs also got eight points from Johnson and seven more from Blake Bukowski off the bench.
Huskies beat Bobcats
Patterson Mill (8-1, 14-3) maintained its lead in the Chesapeake with a 60-32 win over visiting Bel Air.
Khayla Mitchell led three Huskies in double figures with 16 points, three assists and three steals. Chyna Latimer added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Qalea Ismail had 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
"This was an excellent all around team effort as every player had substantial minutes and gave us offense," Huskies coach Holly Ismail said. "The team's defense was the catalyst in a solid first half lead and the girls continue to show their growth as the season progresses."
Jamie Bittner paced Bel Air (5-3, 10-7) with seven points. Patterson Mill led at the half, 36-15.
Hawks beat Elks
North Harford (4-4, 9-7) picked up a Chesapeake win, beating host Elkton, 55-27.
Annie Wernig scored 20 points to pace the Hawks and Savannah Schaul added seven points.
Rams edge Eagles
Harford Christian (15-6) nearly pulled off an upset of host Edgewood (6-7), but the Rams held on to win, 52-48. The game was knotted 25-25 at the half.
Gracie Shannahan scored 11 points for Harford and Taylor Lavin pulled down 18 rebounds.
No stats were provided by Edgewood.
Cougars beat Cobras
In Susquehanna (lower) Division play, division leader Fallston (10-0, 11-6) beat visiting Harford Tech (5-4, 6-7), 61-39.
Logan Gasior pumped in 21 points and Kayla Reilly scored 14 for the Cougars. Najee Vick scored 13 points to pace Tech and Briana McAllister added nine points.
Patriots fall on road
John Carroll visited McDonogh and lost big, 80-30. The Patriots were trailing at the half, 53-10.
Rita Watson led the scoring with 10 points.
In other Susquehanna action, Havre de Grace (5-5, 7-7) defeated visiting North East, 37-31, and Joppatowne (3-7, 3-13) beat visiting Rising Sun, 65-47. Stats were not provided for either game.