Frustration came pouring out of City Wednesday night, a year after the Knights fell by three points to Milford Mill in a first-round playoff game.
They've been waiting for the rematch ever since and made the most of their opportunity in the rematch.
No. 7 City jumped out to a 9-0 lead against the visiting No. 4 Millers in a Class 3A North Region semifinal en route to a 68-57 victory.
The Knights move on to meet Aberdeen on Friday night for a regional title and a berth in the state final four.
“We were coming off that last year, and we needed something to spark us,” City coach George Petrides said. “We have been telling them all week they can win. But I think that quick start really gave them the boost and confidence they needed.”
Two-time defending Baltimore County champion Milford Mill (23-3) couldn’t match the physicality and intensity inside of the Knights.
Six-foot sophomore center Briana Carrington and 5-foot-10 senior forward Trana’ Ford gave the Millers fits in the paint.
“We really got killed on the boards,” Milford Mill coach DeToiya McAliley said. “We didn’t do the things that we came into the game knowing we had to do.”
City junior point guard Dyzhanay Burton led her team with 23 points and Ford added 14 points.
The Millers were paced by junior combo guard Quierra Murray and sophomore guard/forward Dionna White, both of whom scored 24 points.
Millford Mill needed a jump-start in the second half after shooting 8-for-36 in the first half, including 1-for-18 in the first quarter.
The Millers fell behind 33-18 on Briana Carrington’s layup 49 seconds into the third quarter. But a 12-0 Milford Mill run over the next 3:31 closed the gap to three points as City (23-3) committed five turnovers in that sequence.
The Knights led 43-37 at the end of the third quarter and Ford’s layup with 5:35 remaining boosted their advantage to 51-39.
Murray’s three-pointer trimmed the margin to 57-52 two minutes later before City quickly went ahead by double digits again.
“We were worried with their three-point shooting, that they could come back, but we weathered the storm,” Petrides said.
Burton 23, Ford 14, Bea 10, Carrington 10, Meyers 6, Sydnor 5
Milford Mill 57
Murray 24, White, 24, Smoot 7, Lewis 2