Edgewood's girls basketball team beat Aberdeen, 27-25, Thursday to avenge an earlier two-point loss to the archrivals.

At the same time, North Harford kept its undefeated county record intact with a 49-37 win at Havre de Grace.

At Edgewood, the Rams (3-13, 2-5 league) built a 9-2 lead early in the second quarter and held off Aberdeen. The Eagles (3-11, 1-6) shot only 11 percent from the field but still managed to tie the game twice in the final minutes.

"We would be OK if we didn't let other teams pull away at the beginning and have to catch up," said Aberdeen sophomore Siobhan Kelly, whose squad won the first meeting, 34-32."We've always been a third- and fourth-quarter team."

The Rams held a 21-16 lead with 3 minutes, 34 seconds left, but Aberdeen's Jesica Rivera and Cindy McCorkle hit back-to-back jumpers to pull the Eagles within one. Jen Miller canned a free throw for Edgewood, and thenGenera Moon hit a follow shot with 2:07 left, giving Aberdeen its first tie of the game.

Each team missed several free throw opportunities over the next 30 seconds, continuing a game-long trend that sawAberdeen sink just four of 24 and Edgewood hit five of 20.

Aberdeen used full-court pressure to try to force a turnover. But the Eagles got past it as Monica Santana fed Erika Pleasant for a layup with 1:12 left. Miller hit another free throw for a 25-22 Edgewood lead with 42 seconds to go.

Deanna Johnson, who led the Eagles with seven points, hit a three-point jumper to tie it with 32 seconds left. But Edgewood again beat Aberdeen's press as Santana banked in the game-winner with 20 seconds to go.

The Eagles still had a chance to win, but their shooting woes continued as they missed the final five shots of the game.

"We always seem to have a bad quarter," said Edgewood coach Roy Norris, whose squad hit only one of 15 shots in the third quarter. "The only difference from last time was that they made that basket and this time they didn't."

Santana led the Rams with12 points and Miller had six points and 11 rebounds. Kareema Holmes had 12 rebounds and

Jamese Kirby had 11.

North Harford got 18 points from Tracy Thompson and 12 from Shannon Bracken as they beat Havre de Grace Thursday. Nitrease Hamilton led the Warriors with 14 points.

The Hawks (14-1, 8-0) edged Bel Air, 42-38, Tuesday to take the top position in the Harford County league standings. In the final seconds, North Harford got a couple of points on free throws from Carie James and Shannon Bracken. When Bracken missed her second free throw, James rebounded and hit the follow.

Thursday the Bobcats beat C. Milton Wright, 49-44, for the second time this year. Dawn St. Claire led the Bobcats with 11 points, Heather Heitz added 10.

Bel Air (9-5, 7-1) remains the only team with a good chance to tie the Hawks for the county title. The rematch will come Feb. 22 in the final game of the year.

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