Varsity roundup: No. 2 Aberdeen takes title in girls basketball

No. 2 Aberdeen won its second straight Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference girls basketball championship Wednesday night in a rout, beating Edgewood, 62-23, at C.Milton Wright.

Despite the lopsided final score, the Eagles (20-3) struggled early, missing free throws (3-for-9 in the first quarter and 5-for-21 in the first half) and layups. The Eagles' early problems enabled the undersized Rams to hang tough early.

Edgewood (16-7) trailed 11-10 after one quarter, but Aberdeen freshman Stephanie Jones (23 points) took over in the second quarter, scoring 10 straight points and finishing with 16 in the period.

"We did start out a little slow," Jones said. "I don't think that we thought they would come out as hard as they did, but we should have because they're a good team."

What little chance Edgewood had of mounting a comeback in the second half was quickly dashed when Aberdeen scored the first eight points of the third quarter for a 40-14 lead.

Senior Jimmia McCluskey was the only other Aberdeen player to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Kierra Palmer and Nazje Norton added nine points each for the Eagles.

Shania Stamper led Edgewood with 14 points.


Boys ice hockey

Gonzaga (D.C.) 5, Archbishop Spalding 2: Spalding's Anthony Rubino scored twice in the first period but the Eagles (21-8-1) played tenacious defense, stopping the Cavaliers the rest of the way, to win a Mid Atlantic Prep Hockey League semifinal at Fort DuPont, Washington.

Gonzaga will face Calvert Hall (9-8) in Friday's championship.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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