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Pikesville girls ride fast start to convincing victory over Western Tech in Class 1A North Region sectional finals

The last time Western Tech and Pikesville hooked up, in the Baltimore County championship game,, Pikesville used a 17-0 run to start the third quarter on its way to a 76-41 victory.

Western Tech’s leading scorer Tiffany Manning was not on the floor in that game, while she nursed an injured ankle.

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Manning, who averaged 19 points a game, was there for the Class 1A North Region Section I final at Pikesville on Thursday night and the wide margin of victory was even more.

Pikesville rode a balanced scoring effort, led by Tyra Robinson and Teylan Saunders (16 points each), Kristen Sterling (14) and Francis Glover (10), to a convincing 70-29 victory.

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The win advances Pikesville (22-4) to the Class 1A regional finals against Forest Park on Saturday, March 9. Pikesville will host the game.

Western Tech ends it season with an 18-5 mark that included a 56-51 win over Chesapeake in the sectional semifinals.

Pikesville’s Robinson scored five seconds after the opening tip and she had two 3-pointers during a 13-0 run between the first and second quarter that stretched a 13-6 lead to 26-6 early in the second quarter and they never looked back.

“Coach wanted us to come out fast and come out strong because the county championship we did come out slow, so he really preached for us to come out with a lot of intensity and he really preached to play a lot of defense, so that was one of our goals,” Robinson said.

Pikesville forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and 17 in the first half when Robinson scored 10 of her 16 points.

“I thought we would get off to a quicker start at home,” Pikesville coach Michael Dukes said.

Saunders dominated inside in the second half when she scored 10 of her 16.

“We’ve been really working the high-low stuff in practice and the girls are sharing,” Dukes said. “They are just really sharing and playing for each other well.”

Western Tech coach Alan Lagon was glad to see his squad reach the county championship game and the sectional finals sooner than he expected.

“I think we are a year ahead of schedule,” Lagon said. “Winning the division [1A-2A], like we haven’t done in seven year, I think all the kids can hang their heads high.”

Western Tech will return starters in junior Manning (four points), sophomore Sydney Stokes (11 points) and freshman Destini Ward (four points), but it was the last game for senior starters Inaya Billy and Kayla Jenkins and seniors Ezeka Peace and Kelechi Onuigbo.

Jenkins closed her career by scoring nine points that included two 3-pointers in the final quarter.

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“I thought the senior leadership all season long did a great job,” Lagon said. “Kayla has been on varsity for four years and she has been a special player and that’s why she is a captain. She is going to be successful in life, I know that. She set a great example this season.”

Scoring

Pikesville 70

Tyra Robinson 16, Teylan Saunders 16, Kristin Sterling 14, Francis Glover 10, Keante Lewis 5, Charia Roberts 5, Hallie Zlotnick 2, Cydney Barnes 2.

Western Tech 29

Sydney Stokes 11, Kayla Jenkins 9, Tiffany Manning 4, Destini Ward 4, Ezeka Peace 1.

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