With the new year beginning, so does UCBAC division play in girls basketball.
Leading the way, Aberdeen, which won all six non-league games played in 2017, opened 2018 and Chesapeake Division play with an lopsided win.
The Eagles (1-0, 7-0) rolled past visiting Harford Tech (0-1, 2-2), 55-9.
It took a few minutes for the Eagles to shake off the holiday break rust, but once it did, the Eagles were just too, dominant.
A 4-0 Aberdeen lead forced Tech coach Kelly Miller to call timeout nearly three minutes into the game. The Aberdeen lead grew to 10-0 before Breyana McWhite scored Tech’s first and only basket of the quarter.
“It’s important after coming off the break, we’re just trying to stay focused and we’re worried more about our defense than our offense,” Aberdeen coach Amber Milnes said. “My motto is an old quote that goes back to the defense wins games and offense tells you by how much. I feel like we did a really great job executing our press as well.”
It was the Eagles full court pressure defense that gave the Cobras all kinds of problems. The turnovers led to easy points for the Eagles with Jae Deveaux the main beneficiary. Deveaux scored eight of her game-high 17 points in the opening quarter.
Aberdeen continued to press and the points continued to mount. An 8-0 run within the first two minutes of quarter two pushed the lead to 24-2 and another Tech timeout.
Tech did score four points in the quarter, but Aberdeen scored 19 for the 35-6 halftime lead.
It took a while, but Aberdeen scored six points to initiate the running clock and finished with nine for the quarter and an 44-6 lead. The Cobras failed to score in the third quarter.
The Eagles closed out the win with an 11-3 scoring edge over the final, fast eight minutes. Lasuan Cole swished a three-point shot for the Cobras and with it, was Tech’s leading scorer.
“Aberdeen’s a great team, we knew that coming in,” Tech coach Miller said. “Obviously we wanted to play better, we didn’t play the best that we could. We made a lot of mistakes, but what this game did for us is expose the things that we need to work on and all we can do is get back to practice tomorrow and start working on the things we need to work on.”
Anija Stancell added 10 points for the Eagles and Tatiana Gibson added seven points.
Mustangs beat Huskies
C. Milton Wright (1-0, 6-2) also opened Chesapeake play in the win column Wednesday, beating host Patterson Mill (0-1, 1-5), 42-25.