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Roundup (Feb. 18): Annapolis Area Christian tops McDonogh, 75-64

From Sun staff reports

Justin Williams took over in the second half and finished with a game-high 29 points to power No. 15 Annapolis Area Christian past McDonogh, 75-64, in an Independent Schools Tournament semifinal at Gilman on Thursday.

Annapolis Area Christian (22-5) trailed by 12 points at the half, but used better defense and denied second-chance shots by McDonogh (18-12) to take the lead.

Annapolis Area Christian faces No. 5 Glenelg Country, an 86-78 winner over host Gilman, in tonight's championship at 6.

No. 8 Meade 63, Southern 37: Jerrel Elder scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Mustangs (17-3) past the host Bulldogs (7-9).

No. 13 Perry Hall 70, Franklin 62: Anthony Higgs scored 13 points to lift the host Gators (17-3) over the Indians (12-6).

Glen Burnie 69, Annapolis 65: Coach Mike Rudd got his 300th career victory as the visiting Gophers (6-9) beat the Panthers (9-6).

Markell Watkins had 21 points and Dayvon Cuffie scored 20 for Glen Burnie.

Ben Franklin 56, Southwestern 53: Daquan Grier scored 15 points and the Bayhawks (14-5) used a triangle-and-two defense to stop the Sabers (6-9).

Ben Franklin advances to the Baltimore City Division II championship.

Mervo 51, Forest Park 46: Damon Moore scored 14 points and Charles Gibson added 10 points to lead the visiting Mustangs (12-6) past the Foresters (9-8).

After a 10-all halftime score, Forest Park took an eight-point lead in the third quarter. Mervo rallied to go ahead late in the third and led by no more than six points the rest of the way.

Girls

No. 5 Western 61, City 44: Jasmen Walton scored 22 points to lead the host Doves (19-1) past the Knights.

No. 9 Manchester Valley 42, South Carroll 35: Mack DeWees scored 23 points to power the Mavericks (20-1) past the host Cavaliers (13-7).

South River 49, Chesapeake-AA 41: The Cougars (12-8) rushed out to a lead — largely behind the strong play of Brooke Worrell (19 points, 12 rebounds) — but the host Seahawks (14-6) stormed back with impressive runs for leads at the half and at the final buzzer.

"We just couldn't put it together there when we needed to," Chesapeake coach Maria Gray said.

The Cougars, behind a combined 11 points from Worrell and Haley Downin, led 15-8 after one quarter, but South River, mostly behind its switch to a 1-1-3 zone defense, outscored Chesapeake 13-5 in the second quarter for a 21-20 advantage heading into the half.

—James Peters,

Baltimore Sun Media Group

Lansdowne 58, Western Tech 51: After going 5-15 last season, the host Vikings (13-5) are two wins short of reversing that record.

They took another step closer and held off the rival Wolverines (5-10).

The Vikings play at Randallstown on Saturday and at Perry Hall on Tuesday.

—Craig Clary,

Baltimore Sun Media Group

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