The Bobcats, highlighted by a Mackenzie Springer three, scored seven straight points to lead again, 20-18.
A technical foul assessed to Aberdeen coach Jimmia McCluskey was also part of the run. Maggi Hall made both free throws.
Aberdeen seemed energized by the penalty. The Eagles, if possible, turned up the defensive pressure even more. The effort led to 14 straight points. Amanda Bryant added her second three-pointer in the spurt, Lynnea Pugh added our four points and Cassandra Smith, who the Bobcats had no answer for, scored five of her game-high 24 points in the quarter.
“I told them, they had to come out strong. I don’t care when it happens, it has to turn up in the first half and it has to end at the fourth quarter,” Eagles coach McCluskey said. “Otherwise, they are good team, they will come back any time because they don’t give up. Regardless of whether their best player is in or their worst player is in, they don’t give up.”
Harden’s basket snapped game-changing the run, but the damage was done., 32-20. The score at half was 34-24.
Aberdeen made 4-of-8 free throws in the quarter to stay ahead. Smith scored six and Tristyn Deveaux added four to finish with 12.
Olivia Simon led the Bobcats with 16 points, 14 coming in the second half. “Early, it just came down to turnovers. We generated enough offense to be able to compete, but it came down to really just giving a great team extra chances and when you give extra chances to a great team, they should make you pay for it and they absolutely did that. They deserved to win this ball game,” Bobcats coach Calvin Skelton said.
Cougars wallop Huskies
Fallston (8-4, 13-7) rolled over host Patterson Mill (6-5, 9-9) for a 54-29 win in Chesapeake play Thursday.
Fallston won its fifth straight game while closing out division play.
Sophomore guard Julia Skinner led the Cougars with 15 points while senior Chantel Curry added 10 points and four assists.
Anyia Gibson (eight rebounds) and Kaitlyn Thacker (five rebounds) scored six points each.
Rams beat Tigers
Edgewood (6-7, 8-12) beat visiting Rising Sun (5-8, 8-9), 58-56, in overtime Thursday in Susquehanna play.
Sophomore Janice Rodriguez hit the game-winning shot at the end of overtime, finishing with eight points and five rebounds.
Senior Kathryn Rambo and sophomore Harmony Madu also had five rebounds apiece.
Junior McKayla Donovan hit a clutch shot in OT and hoisted seven rebounds, while Ariana Tilley led the team with 11 rebounds.
Senior Skylar Lewis posted a career-high 32 points and five steals. The Rams were down, 21-15, at halftime.
Warriors drop Panthers
Havre de Grace (8-5, 9-9) defeated visiting Perryville (0-11, 0-13), 58-23, Thursday in Susquehanna play.
Captains and seniors Hannah Koop and Tamia Clark provided competitive play on their ‘Senior Night.’ Koop led the Warriors with 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds, six steals and five blocks. Clark had four points, one assist, 10 rebounds, four steals and eight blocks.