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Marriotts Ridge wins second straight cheerleading county title

COLUMBIA, MD — With only about 13 members on its team, the Marriotts Ridge cheerleading squad knew that what it lacked in sheer numbers, it needed to make up for in positive energy.

The Mustangs outperformed the field at Thursday night's fall Howard County cheerleading championships, scoring 120.2 points to hold off runner-up Glenelg (118.55). Mt. Hebron (110.95) and River Hill (107.95) rounded out the top four to also advance to next Saturday's South region championships at North Point High School.

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"These girls worked so hard. It's a new squad and they really put their hearts and souls into and showed that they really love what they do," Mustangs coach Kelly Brown said. "They really hit their pyramids solid ...their enthusiasm, their confidence. As long as you have confidence you can show everybody what you can do."

The Mustangs have won three straight winter county titles, but this is their first fall championship.

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Captains Cassidy Delaney and Katherine Erdman said that they performed their current routine during a competition last week, and scored only 109 points.

"We came out this time with a lot more enthusiasm because we really wanted to beat our score," Delaney said.

"We went out with the mindset that we were going to walk off the court proud," Erdman said.

Delaney added that her team did not make any major technical improvements on the routine, but that their body language came through.

"I think it was really just the enthusiasm," she said. "There was more of a 'wow' factor at the beginning."

"It was all attitude," Erdman said. "It was telling the judges that we deserved to win."

Delaney said that the regional championships next Saturday will be a much tougher test.

"It's definitely scary because all of the Anne Arundel schools are awesome," she said.

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