McDaniel's Caroline Ward scores against Dickinson in women's basketball at McDaniel.
McDaniel's Caroline Ward scores against Dickinson in women's basketball at McDaniel. (Bill Ryan / For Carroll County Times)

McDaniel used a 10-0 scoring run in the second quarter of its Centennial Conference matchup against Dickinson to pull ahead of the Red Devils and take a three-point lead into the half.

However, the Red Devils came out firing in the third quarter and scored 14 straight points in just under four minutes to build a 49-38 lead over the Green Terror. The Red Devils held on to that momentum and defeated the Green Terror 70-62 at McDaniel on Saturday.

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Sophomore guard Caroline Ward led McDaniel with 15 points and added four rebounds and a steal. Anna Mondoro scored 14 points and lone senior Renie Tsomos had 12 and Liv Storer and Hannah Zajac each brought down six rebounds for the Green Terror (10-7, 5-7 Centennial Conference).

“To their credit, they shot the ball really well in the third quarter,” Green Terror interim head coach Rick Little said. “We didn’t change anything defensively so they hit shots and we struggled a little bit on offense and I think they picked up their defense intensity and took away some of what we like to do. We sputtered for a little bit but once we got our feet under us again and got things going, they did have a little bit of a lead.”

Little added that the way the Red Devils were shooting the ball made it difficult for the Green Terror to build another comeback — the visitors hit four 3-pointers in that third-quarter stretch.

Dickinson jumped out of the gate on an 8-0 run, thanks to six points from guard Hannah Heiring. Ward hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and the Green Terror went 8-for-8 from the free throw line, 12-for-12 in the first half in total.

Both teams went back-and-forth with leads of four points in the second quarter. A pair of 3-pointers from Mondoro and Madeleine Thompson contributed to the Green Terror’s 10-0 scoring spurt and a 3 from Storer with 28 seconds to go gave the host team the 38-25 lead.

Ward hit a layup with 5 minutes, 45 seconds on the clock to stop Dickinson’s big run in the third frame and Liv Storer sank a pair of free throws, but the Red Devils continued to build their lead. They led 62-45 at the end of the third, giving McDaniel plenty of ground to make up.

Five straight points from Mondoro brought the Green Terror within 12 in the fourth quarter, 62-50. It was as close as the Green Terror would get to Dickinson until Ward’s 3 with 1:08 to play made it 71-60.

McDaniel finished 18-for-22 from the free throw line overall. Dickinson center Kate Deutsch led the team with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Emily Padalino scored 12 points and added six rebounds for the Red Devils (9-7, 6-5).

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