Dawn St. Clair scored 12 points and Lisa Thomas added 10 as Bel Air upset No. 10 North Harford, 45-36, to force a tie for the Harford County girls basketball championship last night at Bel Air.
While North Harford (19-2, 12-1) never seemed to get its game untracked, the Bobcats showed excellent teamwork both on offense and defense. Bel Air got at least six points from each starter and forced 25 North Harford turnovers in the game. The Hawks had trouble moving the ball against the Bobcats' match-up zone all night.
Thomas, a 5-6 sophomore guard, sparked the Bobcats (15-5, 12-1) to an early lead with eight points, four assists and five
steals in the first half. The Bobcats took a 14-8 lead on Thomas' three-pointer early in the second quarter.
Although North Harford rallied to take a 17-14 lead, Thomas had two assists, two points and a steal in the final 1 minutes, 54 seconds of the first half as Bel Air went on top to stay, 22-19, at halftime.
North Harford got within four late in the fourth quarter, but St. Clair, a 6-foot senior center, dominated the second half, scoring 10 of her points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Tracy Thompson scored 15 for the Hawks and Carie James added 10 points and 15 rebounds.
In the Catholic League tournament quarterfinals at the College of Notre Dame, Stephanie Rohe scored 20 points to lead fourth-seeded Mercy (14-7) to a 37-29 victory over fifth-seeded Notre Dame Prep (9-7).
Mercy will meet sixth-ranked and top-seeded Seton Keough (16-4), a 68-29 winner over eighth-seeded John Carroll (9-15), in a semifinal game today at 2 p.m. Melissa Cuneo scored 14 points (( to pace Seton Keough.
In another Catholic League game, second-seeded Archbishop Spalding sophomore point guard Kelly Mabe, starting in place of Amy Langville, who was out with the flu, scored a career-high 13 points and dished out five assists to lead the Cavaliers (16-10) to a 60-49 win over seventh-seeded Mount de Sales (14-9).
Spalding will meet seventh-ranked and third-seeded St. Mary's (18-8), a 60-42 winner over sixth-seeded Institute of Notre Dame (15-6), in the other semifinal game today at 4 p.m. Amelia Mikula scored 13 and Bridget Smith added 12 to lead the Saints.