No. 8 St. Vincent Pallotti and No. 6 Seton Keough combined to shoot 27 percent from the field Friday, but the visiting Panthers won a defensive struggle, 39-32, because of relentless pressure and the shot-blocking of Beverly Ogunrinde.
The junior altered several shots and had six blocks, including one with 1:02 remaining to preserve a 35-30 lead, and 14 rebounds.
Nine players scored for Pallotti (9-7, 3-3 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland), led by sophomore Lea Whitehead (eight points) and juniors Kaiya Coleman (seven) and Daijah Johnson (six).
"We have to play together and have the will to win, and today was one of the first times I've seen our kids just know they had that will," Pallotti coach Josh Pratt said.
Seton Keough (7-7, 4-4) was playing its first game since losing leading scorer and point guard Aaliyah "Stixz" Wilson (14 points, six assists per game) to a concussion Wednesday in a loss to McDonogh.
"That's really not the position you want to be without for the second half of the season," said Seton Keough coach Jody Powell, whose squad committed 21 turnovers, shot 21percent from the field and 50percent from the foul line.
The Gators offense was led by Karli Zeps (12points, eight rebounds) and Jade Porter (12 points, seven rebounds).
No. 1 Archbishop Spalding 57, No. 9 Roland Park 46: Aleah Epps and Jade Scaife each scored 14 points to lead the host Cavaliers (15-0) past the Reds (9-8).
Spalding extended its three-point halftime lead by outscoring Roland Park 13-8 in the third quarter. Jaia Alexander had a game-high 15 points for Roland Park.
No. 12 City 71, Forest Park 6: Trana Ford scored 14 points to lead the host Knights (12-0) past the Foresters.
No. 10 Poly 76, No. 4 Edmondson 73: After falling behind in the first quarter, the visiting Engineers (9-2) used 3-point shooting to take the lead in the second quarter and never trailed again.
Darrion Stokes-Graham had 21 points and John Crosby added 17 to fuel the upset.
Isaiah Tripp had a game-high 23 points for the Red Storm (9-2).
No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 65, St.Maria Goretti 55: Kameron Williams scored a game-high 20 points and Phil Booth added 16 as host Mount St. Joseph held off a late rally by St. Maria Goretti.
Martin Geben had a game-high 28 points for Goretti.
No. 3 Dunbar 64, Carver 21: John Carroll transfer Kamau Stokes scored a game-high 14 points for the host Poets (10-10). Dunbar led 37-12 at halftime.
No. 7 City 71, No. 14 Forest Park 56: Rysheed Corbin (25 points) led the Foresters, who took a one-point lead at halftime.
The visiting Knights (11-1) regrouped in the second half, led by Omari George with a game-high 35 points.
City made its free throws down the stretch to win.
No. 9 Arundel 81, Chesapeake-AA 60: Aaron Terry scored a game-high 32 points, but the Cougars fell to the Wildcats (11-1). Arundel used a 29-12 run in the third quarter to win.
No. 13 Lake Clifton 60, Reginald F. Lewis 18: Stephon Brown and Cortell Jackson had 16 and 15 points, respectively, to lead the host Lakers (8-3) past the Falcons.
Chapelgate Christian Academy 46, Severn 44: Terrell Willis (16 points) hit the game-winning shot, a short jumper with one second left, to lift the host Yellow Jackets (9-10) over the Admirals.
St. Mary's 60, Annapolis Area Christian School 57: Emmanuel Tony scored 20 points, but the Eagles (10-4) fell.
Mervo 60, Northwestern 34: Denzel Noakes scored a game-high 26 points to lead the visiting Mustangs (5-6).
Franklin 58, Patapsco 48: Nick Henson scored 19 points to lead the host Indians (6-5) past the Patriots.
Dulaney 55, Hereford 40: Gavin Scanlan had 15 points for the visiting Lions (11-0).
Good Counsel 40, No. 2 Archbishop Spalding 24: The host Falcons went up 18-0 after five matches and rolled. The Cavaliers (5-1) won three matches by pin: Jimmy Malone (145), Cole Graves (152) and Logan Breitanbach (160).
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No. 8 John Carroll 62, St. Maria Goretti 58, OT: Malik Tyne made a free throw to give the visiting Patriots (16-3) a two-possession lead, and John Carroll outscored the Gaels 8-4 in the extra session.
The Patriots trailed by four at the half and the third and fourth quarters ended in ties. Goretti led 54-52 with 13 seconds left in regulation when a missed shot led to a putback by Trystan Pratapas to force overtime.
Kimbal Mackenzie finished with a game-high 24 points.
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