The Edgewood Rams girls basketball team overcame a bit of a slow start Friday to pull away and beat visiting Patapsco, 51-33, in a Class 3A North Region II quarterfinal.
In addition, teams from Joppatowne, Patterson Mill, North Harford, Aberdeen and C. Milton Wright were also in the win column.
In Edgewood, the Rams (8-13) led 11-10 after one quarter, but with a defense that turned up the heat, Edgewood outscored Patapsco (4-13), 29-11, over the middle two quarters to gain full control.
The defense forced multiple turnovers to increase the lead to 25-17 at the half. A 13-4 run to open the third quarter then pushed the Rams ahead, 38-21, and the the Rams lead was 40-21 at the end of three quarters.
“We picked it up in the second half, there was a lot of fouls in the beginning of the game we kind of just sent them to the line and Patapsco, they’re a good free throw shooting team, so that’s why it was close,” Rams head coach Wes Laguerre said. Half of Patapsc’s first quarter points came from the line.
“Once we changed our defense, kind of went half court, we forced Patapasco to come to us in a more condensed court and I think that’s where we really picked it up and we had more fast break opportunities,” Laguerre said.
McKayla Donovan, who led the Rams scoring with a career-high 18 points, scored eight in the third quarter. She made four, three-point baskets in the game.
Alexa Warren, who ignited the Rams defense with multiple steals, scored 12 points and Skylar Lewis added 10 points.
Jess Kaur had 14 points for the Patriots.
Edgewood will travel to top seed Bel Air (16-2) Monday for a 5 p.m. game.