After needing fourth-quarter comebacks in each of its previous two games, the No. 12 Oakland Mills boys basketball team made things a little easier on itself Wednesday against Centennial.
On the strength of a 21-3 run in the first quarter, the visiting Scorpions (15-0) built themselves a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to a 75-63 victory. Lavon Long (19 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks) led four Oakland Mills players in double figures.
"We got off to a tremendous start, and a lot of it came off our pressure," Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne said. "We got a lot of layups … really did a good job of attacking the rim. I thought that was one of our better halves of the year."
Marvin Williams added 15 points and Nekhi Bradley had 12 for a Scorpions team that was up 43-23 at the half and never led by fewer than 12 points at any point in the second half.
Omari Ringgold (22 points) and Timi Tinuyoe (19) led Centennial (8-6).
No. 7 Archbishop Spalding 40, McDonogh 33: The host Cavaliers (15-6, 8-3 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) bounced back from a three-point loss to No. 3 John Carroll on Monday.
The defeat ended a two-game winning streak for the Eagles (8-13, 3-9).
No. 14 Randallstown 89, Pikesville 52: The host Rams (12-3) fell behind in the first quarter and trailed by five at the half. But they went on a 26-8 run in the third quarter to pull away.
Marcus Varner had a game-high 18 points for Randallstown.
Reservoir 57, Atholton 49: The host Raiders (7-8) drew within two points with 49 seconds left, but the Gators (8-4) made their free throws down the stretch.
Atholton led 28-26 at halftime but fell flat in the third quarter and got into foul trouble. Matt Christian led Reservoir with 12 points.
Annapolis Area Christian School 80, Chapelgate Christian Academy 58: Emmanuel Toney scored 23 points to power the host Eagles (11-5) past the Yellow Jackets.
AACS led 49-21 at the break.
No. 2 McDonogh 59, Mercy 28: Danielle Edwards scored a game-high 15 points and freshman Andrea Robinson (10 points) went 75 percent from the foul line for the visiting Eagles (14-5, 8-1 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference).
The Magic fell to 4-13, 0-10. McDonogh led 33-16 at the break.
No. 13 River Hill 57, Hammond 21: The host Hawks (12-3) used tough defense to limit the Bears to fewer than eight points per quarter. River Hill led 42-14 at the break and outscored Hammond 11-2 in the third quarter. Megan Sterling scored 11 points and Jenna Collins added 10 for River Hill.
No. 14 Howard 44, Glenelg 30: Sydney Biniak scored 11 points, and the visiting Lions (13-2) were never threatened.
Howard led 24-9 at halftime. The Gladiators fell to 8-7.
Indian Creek 41, Park 35: Janee Rhone scored a game-high 14 points, and the visiting Eagles (9-4) held off a late rally by the Bruins.
St. Mary's 60, Mount de Sales 42: Jennifer Broussard scored 18 points to lead the visiting Saints past the Sailors.
No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 57, St. Paul's 15: The host Cavaliers (20-2) won the last three matches by pins.
St. Paul's took three of the first four matches before Spalding collected nine wins.
No. 14 Fallston 50, Rising Sun 23: The host Cougars (13-2) won three straight matches in the middle and four at the end to win.
Fallston took six matches by pin.
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