On a night that saw girls basketball teams play their final regular season games, Bel Air freshman Mackenzie Springer had a game to remember.
Knocking down five three-pointers in the first half, and six for the game, Springer led the Bobcats (9-3, 13-6) past host Joppatowne (3-9, 9-11), 44-19, Monday night in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division contest.
The Bobcats scored the first seven points and led 12-2 after one quarter. Springer made all three baskets (two three’s) in the quarter, while three others added free throws.
“No, not really, a couple shots here and there, but nothing like back-to-back-to-back,” Springer said of her shooting.
The Bobcats and Springer continued to score in quarter two. Springer added four more baskets (three, three’s) and Maggi Hall also added a basket, the only basket of the half scored by someone other than Springer.
“The team was working really well together, we were moving the ball around,” Springer said. “The other team was having a hard time adjusting, so it was giving me those free shots that we get from the sides.”
Springer finished the half with 19 points and the Bobcats had a a 27-6 lead. Janiece Bennett scored Joppatowne’s lone first quarter basket and Yakiraah Corley added a basket in the second quarter.
Springer added her final basket, a three, in the third quarter to finish with a career-high 22 points.
The Mariners, who were celebrating ‘Senior Night’ had a bit more offensive success in the second half. Senior Destiny Blue sank the team’s lone three-point shot and Corley added two baskets to finish with six points.
Ki’Yah Whitley also scored six for the Mariners.
The Bobcats did struggle from the free throw line in the first half, going 6-12. They were, however, 8-8 in then second half. Hall added 13 points for the winners.
“It really boosts our confidence, definitely, because we really want to beat Aberdeen,” Springer said. “This is just the next step up and we got to keep up the intensity and hopefully we can win.”
Huskies beat Rams
Patterson Mill (14-0, 16-5) closed out its perfect Susquehanna Division schedule with an 50-39 win at Edgewood (2-11, 2-17) on Monday.
Madison Knight led the way with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Delaney Madsen added 12 points and nine rebounds and Meadow Santiorello scored six points.
Bobcats beat Cougars
Bel Air also won at Fallston (6-6, 10-12) Thursday in Chesapeake play, 45-37. The Bobcats led at half, 22-19.
Autumn Dougherty scored 13 points to lead the Bobcats and Hall added 12.
Adrianna Mace led the Cougars with eight points and Chantel Curry added seven points. Lauren Gabranski chipped in with six points.
Eagles beat Elks
Aberdeen (12-0, 19-1) closed out an unbeaten Chesapeake season Friday with its 77-31 win at Elkton.
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Tristyn DeVeaux scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures. Anija Stancell added 16 points, while Amanda Bryant scored 12 and Jaelyne DeVeaux netted 10.
Tigers top Warriors
Havre de Grace (6-8, 7-12) dropped its season finale at home Thursday, losing to Rising Sun (7-5, 10-5), 48-35, in Susquehanna play.
Kayla Sumpter led the Warriors with 12 points and Lynnea Pugh added nine points.
North Harford (9-10) also closed with a loss, falling to visiting Hereford, 57-17.
Jess Smith (five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, three assists) and Alison Bufano (one rebound, one assist) each had five points. Cameron Sawyer added two rebounds, two steals and three points.