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Long Reach girls basketball secures piece of first county title with win over Marriotts Ridge

The Long Reach girls basketball team poses for a picture together after defeating Marriotts Ridge on Feb. 17 to secure a share of the program's first county championship trophy.
The Long Reach girls basketball team poses for a picture together after defeating Marriotts Ridge on Feb. 17 to secure a share of the program's first county championship trophy. (Photo courtesy of Long Reach Athletics)

At the end of a stretch of five games in eight days, Long Reach earned the prize it was striving for on Saturday.

The Lightning defeated visiting Marriotts Ridge 88-54, securing a share of the first county championship in program history. Long Reach (15-1, 17-2) shares the crown this winter with Howard (15-1, 21-1), which has now been sole or co-county champs three straight seasons.

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Kiana Williams scored 26 points to lead the way in the victory, while Lyric Swann (25 points) and Arianna Briggs-Hall (21) also had standout offensive efforts. It marks the second time this season that the Lightning have had three different players score 20 or more points in the same game.

Long Reach senior Kiana Williams scores career-high 40 points to help Long Reach girls basketball to 79-45 win over Atholton on senior night Feb. 15.

Hope Morath led the way for Marriotts Ridge with a season-high 15 points to go along with 11 rebounds in the loss.

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The game itself was fairly close during most of the first half, with the Lightning leading 28-17 after the first quarter and 45-32 at the half. But in the third quarter, Long Reach pulled away by outscoring the Mustangs 26-7 in the period to open up a 32-point lead.

Williams scored half of her points on the day (13) in that third quarter.

Long Reach will now have more than a week off, getting a bye to open the 3A East region playoffs as the top seed in Section I. The team will now be chasing another first — a region championship.

Long Reach 88, Marriotts Ridge 54

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LR (15-1, 17-2): Williams 26, L. Swann 25, Briggs-Hall 21, Streeter 6, J. Swann 5, Proctor 3, Richardson 2.

MR (8-8, 12-10): H. Morath 15, Miller 8, E. Morath 8, Crosby 6, Kohler 6, Blackman 4, Bryan 3, Noll 2, Cooke 2.

Half: 45-32 LR.

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