Behind a huge second quarter kick-started by Nekhi Bradley and Dajuan Dent, No. 13 Oakland Mills put host River Hill in a hole too deep to dig out of on the way to a 62-52 victory Wednesday in boys basketball.
Oakland Mills (17-0 overall, 14-0 in Howard County) opened a two-game lead over second-place River Hill (14-3, 12-2) in the race for the county title.
"We talked about how this was the county championship. ... It was there for the taking," Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne said. "For us, 16-0 doesn't mean anything unless we were 17-0 after tonight. The boys were very serious and very hungry."
Four Scorpions players scored in double figures, with Marvin Williams (13 points) and Lavon Long (11) joining Bradley (14) and Dent (12 points, 11 rebounds).
River Hill, which got 17 points and nine rebounds from senior Walt Moody, never got closer than five points in the second half and saw its 12-game winning streak ended.
"They thrive on live turnovers and run-outs, and that's what killed us in the first half," River Hill coach Matt Graves said. "We made a run at them in that third quarter, kept it manageable, but couldn't string together enough good possessions to get over that hump. That's a good team, and Jon deserves a lot of credit for what he's doing with those guys."
Calvert Hall 50, No. 3 John Carroll 43: The host Cardinals (13-11, 8-5 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) broke out in the third quarter as Drew Edwards scored 11 of his game-high 22 points.
The Patriots fell to 21-8, 9-5 .
No. 4 Mount St. Joseph 63, McDonogh 46: The host Eagles (8-14, 3-10 MIAA A Conference) led by nine early, but the Gaels (21-5, 8-3) came back.
Phil Booth had 23 points for Mount St. Joseph.
No. 8 Arundel 62, Broadneck 48: Aaron Lewis-Cenales scored a game-high 15 points, and the host Wildcats (15-2, 11-0 Anne Arundel) took control in the second half.
The Bruins (9-8, 7-4) slowed the pace and trailed by one at halftime.
Mount Carmel 51, Loyola 23: The visiting Dons (4-16, 1-1 MIAA A Conference) suffered their second loss this week.
Annapolis Area Christian School 73, Friends 57: Emmanuel Toney scored 19 points and the visiting Eagles (13-5, 12-3 MIAA B Conference) won their third straight.
The Quakers fell to 6-14, 9-9.
Gilman 65, Chapelgate Christian Academy 60: The host Greyhounds (13-12, 9-6 MIAA B Conference) broke open a two-point game by outscoring the Yellow Jackets (10-13, 4-9) in the fourth quarter 22-15.
Kai Locksley finished with a game-high 23 points for Gilman.
Franklin 52, Catonsville 49: Emmanuel Toms and Ed Proper each scored 18 points for the host Indians (9-7, 6-2 Baltimore County).
No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 52, John Carroll 28: The visiting Cavaliers (20-1, 11-1 MIAA AConference) played tough defense to beat the Patriots (8-13, 4-9).
Tori Chestnut scored a game-high 14 points for Spalding.
No. 13 River Hill 62, Oakland Mills 34: Megan Sterling scored a game-high 15 points, and the visiting Hawks (14-3, 13-1 Howard) won every quarter against the Scorpions (9-8, 7-7).
River Hill led 13-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
No. 14 Howard 50, Marriotts Ridge 31: Jayda Gilmore scored a game-high 20 points to power the visiting Lions (15-2, 12-2 Howard) past the Mustangs (4-11, 4-10).
C. Milton Wright 59, Elkton 15: Ben Swanson (145) got his 100th career victory, a pin in 1 minutes, 19 seconds for the host Cougars.
C. Milton Wright had six pins: Mike Zito (132), Swanson (145), Philip Flint (160), Mickey Glendon (170), Doug Thier (182) and Noah Bowens (195).
No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 41, No. 13 Mount St. Joseph 31: Matt Pente (138) won by technical fall over Bruce Nguyen to give the host Cavaliers (22-4) the lead. Spalding won the next three matches and five of the final eight.
No. 5 River Hill 83, Long Reach 0: The host Hawks (24-3) won nine of 14 matches by pin with wins by: Taariq Mohammed (113), Matt Shipley (126), Sean Guthier (132), Lee Carter (138), Patrick Gover (145), Donovan Delore (152), Brian Kirby (182), Logan Kirby (220) and Justin Nestor (Hwt).
Baltimore City Championship: The Western girls and Digital Harbor boys had little trouble repeating as champions in Tuesday night's Baltimore City indoor track and field championships at the 5th Regiment Armory.
Western captured its third straight title, finishing with 107 points to beat Northwestern (80). The Doves have won 21 of the past 22 city championship meets. For the boys, Digital Harbor (100.25 points) easily beat Poly (67) for a second straight title.
Genae Butler played a big role for Western, winning the 800 meters and running on the Doves' victorious 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. She also took second in the 500. Renae Anderson was the other event winner for Western (shot put).
The Digital Harbor boys won five events. Darrius Salmond (1,600), Quick Stukes (500) and Travis Walker (800) earned individual victories. The Rams also won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Stukes and Walker also took part in the 1,600 relay.
Imani Daye of the Northwestern girls team won the 55, 300 and 500. Robert Miller of City's boys squad took the 55 and 300.
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