Four Harford County girls basketball teams are still in line for region titles after each won section semifinal games Tuesday.
Aberdeen, C. Milton Wright, Fallston and Patterson Mill were all in the win column and all will be in action Thursday.
In Bel Air, scoring runs and a few timely baskets propelled CMW to an 46-41 victory over host Bel Air in Class 3A North, Section II play.
The Mustangs (10-7) led 29-16 early in the third quarter, but the Bobcats (13-7) clawed their way back in and despite closing to within one (31-30) at the close of the third quarter, they never led.
CMW senior Taylor Marchetti made four, three-point shots on the night, with none bigger than her last. With under 2:00 to play, the shot clock running down and the Mustangs clinging to a 38-37 lead, Marchetti banked in the three from a near-impossible angle.
"I just knew that there was like, it was less than five seconds left, so I decided to just take the shot and got lucky and it went in,” Marchetti said.
Freshman teammate Miranda Turner made a three, her third of the game, minutes earlier, that had given CMW a 38-32 lead.
Marchetti’s basket made is 41-37. Courtney Frank’s basket made it 43-37 with 55.9 left, but Bel Air senior Autumn Dougherty made a three with 16.1 to play and Grace Wehland (eight points) added a free throw to bring the Bobcats back to within two, 43-41, with 12.9 left.
Marchetti sealed the win with makes on both ends of a 1-and-1 with 9.0 to play. “Bel Air is a great team and we came out really hard with playing intensity," Marchetti said. “We did have some mental lapses, but I thought we played strong throughout and finished very strong.”
Marchetti’s first two, three-point buckets came in the first quarter. Her eight points led the Mustangs (9-0 run) to a 14-4 lead.
Senior starting guard Aubrey Hoover left the game for the Mustangs in the second quarter with four fouls.
Maggi Hall, meanwhile, brought Bel Air back. Hall scored nine straight points and the Bobcats were down 14-13. Turner answered for CMW with a big three-pointer and Bel Air coach Calvin Skelton called timeout with his team trailing 17-13 and with 3:16 to play in the half.
“As a team that hangs their hat on defense, it was really tough for us play as poorly as we did from a pride standpoint,” Bobcats coach Skelton said. “We knew we were better than what we were giving. When the defense finally kicked in, we just didn't have enough offense to overcome the hole we had dug for ourselves.”
Marchetti added a three in the quarter and the Mustangs lead was 22-15. The lead grew to 25-16 at the half.
Another Turner (11 points) three-pointer opened the second half and that, coupled with a Marchetti free throw, had given the Mustangs the 29-16 lead. Hall (17 points), who also had foul trouble, scored four in the third quarter to aid in the Bobcats comeback.
Hoover (seven points) came back in the fourth quarter, but fouled out with 3:30 left. Hall followed with her fifth foul 1:15 later.
“We had big shots at right times, like Taylor here, she had a big one here with time running off the clock,“ Mustangs coach Rebecca Dutko said. “It kind of lifted us a little bit to go in those final couple minutes in the fourth quarter. That helped a lot."
The Mustangs will play at Aberdeen on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Aberdeen (20-1) had no trouble in its 3A North, Section II semifinal, rolling past visiting Kenwood, 64-19.
Sophomore forward Adrianna Mace contributed five rebounds, four blocks, one steal and six points. Another freshman, forward Amanda Sharpe, chipped in with four rebounds, four blocks and four points.
The Cougars will play at Elkton on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Huskies beat Mariners
Patterson Mill (18-5) defeated visiting Joppatowne (10-12), 46-34, in 1A East, Section I play.
The Huskies led 25-21 at half.
Madison Knight’s double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds paced the Huskies.
Delaney Madsen also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards. Bea Orsini also scored 11 points, while Meadow Santoriello tallied seven points.
The Huskies will host Coppin Academy Thursday at 6 p.m.
North Harford (9-11) fell to visiting Elkton (9-8), 65-57, Tuesday in 2A East, Section I action.
Alison Bufano (three rebounds, one steal, three assists) and Jess Smith (two rebounds, five assists) scored 12 points apiece to lead the Hawks.
Ava Schmidt added 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist, while Brooke Ciampaglio had two rebounds, one steal, one assist and eight points.
Also for the Hawks, Lily Macatee (six rebounds, six steals, two assists, seven points); Cameron Sawyer (three rebounds, four points); Jayden Weiman (one rebound, three points); and Savannah Dieter (four rebounds, two assists).
Warriors fall, too
Havre de Grace (8-13) saw its season end on the road at Coppin Academy, 72-45, Tuesday in 1A East, Section I play.
The Warriors battled back over the last three quarters, but they were not able to overcome the big first quarter by Coppin.
Hannah Koop led the scoring with 20 points, which included hitting four threes and making all six free throws.
Lynnea Pugh had eight points and Kayla Sumpter added six points.