Girls basketball teams from Aberdeen and Fallston both won region section final games Thursday night, while Patterson Mill fell short.
The Eagles and Cougars will play for region titles Saturday.
In Aberdeen’s win the Eagles scored eight straight points to open Thursday’s game with visiting C. Milton Wright.
That turned out to be big as Aberdeen (21-1) beat CMW (10-8), 39-32, in the Class 3A North, Section II final.
The Eagles will host Towson in Saturday’s region final at 1 p.m.
It was a win, but Eagles coach and former player, Jimmia McCluskey was a bit frustrated. “The beginning, I could tell it was nerves. Like any game, they’ve played this team in playoffs before, it didn’t come out the same way it did today,” McCluskey said. “I’m like guys, it’s ok, you’ve played them all season, you know how they move, you know what they can do. You know who can shoot, who can drive. Just play basketball.”
The 8-0 run was a problem for the Mustangs, who took a number of quick shots throughout the game, without great success.
“I think the girls were a little bit stunned in the first quarter, they were obviously nervous,” Mustangs coach Becky Dutko said. “They weren’t expecting a lot of the pressure they got. We had a lot of good shots that just didn’t fall.”
That, coupled with Aberdeen’s takeaways, led to 11-4 Eagles lead on Jae DeVeaux’s second basket of the quarter.
The Eagles led 13-6 after one quarter, but Taylor Marchetti’s basket to start quarter two had the Mustangs to within five, 13-8.
DeVeaux, though, scored five straight points and the Aberdeen lead quickly jumped to 10, 18-8.
Moments later, sophomore Casandra Smith converted on a three-point play opportunity and the Aberdeen lead was, 21-8.
The Mustangs finally got another basket with 3:30 left in the quarter. Aubrey Hoover, who led the Mustangs with 12 points and four rebounds, scored the basket.
That started a 9-1 run by the Mustangs, who had the deficit back down to five, 22-17, in the final minute of the half.
Aberdeen senior Anija Stancell then halted the CMW momentum. With time running down, Stancell, from in front of the Mustangs bench, drained a three-point shot as the buzzer went off.
“I didn’t realize how much time was left. It just happened,” Stancell said.
The basket sent the Eagles to the half up eight, 25-17.
A 7-0 spurt to begin the second half all but sealed the Mustangs fate. Another Stancell three gave Aberdeen its largest lead of 15, 32-17.
“They were rushing it and we grabbed the rebound and went back on offense,” Stancell said.
The Mustangs got shots, but they just couldn’t connect. Marchetti’s three-pointer came with 2:40 left in the third quarter and freshman Miranda Turner followed with another three.
That closed the gap to nine, 32-23, but the Mustangs could not get any closer until the final minute.
Aberdeen led 35-23 through three quarters and despite scoring just four points in the final quarter, won by seven.
DeVeaux paced the Eagles with 14 points. Stancell finished with 12 and Smith tallied nine.
“We were just rushing it and forcing shots that we didn’t need to take, but it is what it is,” Hoover said. “We tried out hardest and we took a lot of smart shots, but they just didn’t fall for us.”
Marchetti finished with 11 points for the Mustangs and Turner added another three-point shot in the fourth quarter to end with six.
Cougars beat Elks
Fallston (13-12) went on the road to beat Elkton (9-9), 60-55 in the 2A East, Section I final.
The Cougars led 23-22 at the half, but late in the third quarter, found themselves down 10. The Cougars, though, fought back to win.
Two guards, freshman Jillian Crawford and junior Chantel Curry led the way.
Crawford had 20 points, three rebounds and one steal, while Curry added 19 points, five steals and three assists.
Junior forward Lauren Gabranski added nine points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Fallston travels to Queen Anne's Saturday for the 2A East region title. Game time 2 p.m.
Huskies season ends
Patterson Mill (18-6) saw its season end with an 55-31 loss to visiting Coppin Academy in the 1A East, Section I final.
The Huskies fell behind 18-10 after one quarter and trailed at the half, 30-16.
The Huskies were also outscored in the second half, 25-15.
Delaney Madsen led the efforts with 13 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one block.
Madison Knight added six points and five rebounds.