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Under the radar, Titans aim for memorable finish

Titans aim for first state title in second tournament appearance in three years

New Town has flown under the radar a bit this season en route to the Class 2A state girls basketball semifinals, but the Titans scored one of the biggest upsets of the season with a 60-59 win over No. 6 Catonsville in January. They went on to come within a win of playing in the Baltimore County championship game.

In the Holly & Hoops Holiday Tournament, they defeated two solid programs in South River, 44-40, and No. 14 Patterson Mill, last year’s Class 2A state champ, 48-46. Only a 45-40 loss to Milford Mill kept New Town from winning its division and advancing to the county championship

Although the Titans are in Class 2A for the first time at states, they're in the semifinals for the second time in three years. New Town (21-2) meets Largo Friday at 3 p.m. at Towson University's SECU Arena.

New Town has had a controversial state tournament history although it all happened long before coach Gena Young took over the program in 2011. In 2005, their first season as a varsity program, the Titans won the Class 1A championship, but they later had to vacate the title for using an ineligible player.

They returned to the tournament the following two years but didn’t reach the title game. In 2014, the Titans were back and made it to the final where Young coached them to a strong performance in a 52-47 loss to Southern from Garrett County.

This year, New Town has a young team paced by a pair of versatile senior forward-guards. Candis Taylor leads in scoring with 18.3 points and Paris Thompson leads in rebounding with 9.1 per game. The two have led the Titans on a nine-game winning streak with only one team coming within 24 points of them, a 12-point win over Hereford in the section final -- Young’s 100th victory at New Town.

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