The No. 1 St. Frances boys basketball team found an answer for No. 7 McDonogh's concerted effort to slow Wednesday's game and keep the score low, grinding out a 59-51 home win in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play.
The Panthers' senior backcourt was the difference, with Daquan Bracey scoring a game-high 24 points and Kurk Lee Jr. adding 20 and six assists to reach 500 for his career.
The Panthers (18-4, 7-1 Red Division) swept the two regular-season meetings: They won at McDonogh (13-5, 4-4) 74-69 on Nov. 30.
No. 5 John Carroll 62, Loyola Blakefield 34: Immanuel Quickley had a game-high 17 points and Monty Urmilevicius had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Patriots (13-5, 6-1 MIAA A Conference, Black Division) past the Dons (5-11, 1-7).
No. 6 Oakland Mills 67, River Hill 47: The host Scorpions (8-2) used a 21-6 second quarter to pull away from the Hawks (2-8).
Oakland Mills' Daniel Kiely finished with a game-high 24 points.
Catonsville 48, No. 9 New Town 47: Matthew Johnson made three foul shots with two seconds left to draw the visiting Titans (6-2) within one. New Town stole the inbounds pass, took a half-court shot that missed and was upset by the Comets (5-4).
New Town, which led 27-19 at the half, committed 13 personal fouls in the second half. Catonsville was in the double bonus midway through the fourth quarter and took the lead. The Comets' Eric Sheppard finished with 12 points.
Atholton 60, Wilde Lake 51: Jacob Waterworth scored 15 points to lead the host Raiders (6-4) past the Wildecats (2-8).
Randallstown 63, Owings Mills 59: The host Rams (3-3) went on a 12-2 run to start the second half and beat the Eagles (5-5).
Sterling Hughes had 19 points for Randallstown.
No. 1 McDonogh 56, No. 8 Archbishop Spalding 50: Andrea Robinson scored 14 points to lead the host Eagles (10-2, 4-0 Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) past the Cavaliers (6-7, 1-4).
McDonogh led 27-23 at the half.
No. 5 Seton Keough 58, John Carroll 46: Yasmine Lewis and Sara Minnis each scored 10 points to lead the host Gators (9-5, 2-5 IAAM A Conference) past the Patriots (6-6, 0-4).
No. 14 Howard 49, Centennial 35: The Lions had their defensive performance of the season, limiting Centennial to its second-lowest point total of the year by holding the Eagles' leading scorer, Kelly Simmons, to 13 points. Emileigh Scott finished with a game-high 23 points.
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St. Timothy's 59, St. Mary's 58: Alis Kumsal Aslan scored a game-high 27 points as host St. Timothy's (5-2, 4-2 IAAM B Conference) beat the Saints (4-9, 3-5).
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.