In a 39-32 victory over North County on Feb. 8, Broadneck's girls basket ball team played what Coach Bruce Springer called its "best defensive game of the year."

Dressed in brand-new uniforms, the two-time defending Class 4A state champion Bruins smothered the Knights fora 10-0 lead after the first quarter. North County's 6-foot Kim Miller was coming off of a 24-point, 19-rebound effort in a victory over Arundel, but the Bruins held her to just 12.

Last night, the second-seeded Bruins (18-5) went one better, improving their winning streak to nine games and defeating the third-seedKnights (17-7), 51-34, in their Class 4A Region IV semifinal contest.

The victory kept the Bruins unbeaten at home for the 36th straight game.

"We wanted to play another great defensive game against them and that's what did it for us," said Broadneck guard Michele Meyer, who scored a team-high 17 points, including 10-of-11 free-throw shooting.

The Bruins used a 12-0 fourth-quarter run for a 48-27 lead-- their biggest of the game -- with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in the game. Meyer scored the first six points in that stretch.

The Bruins next face Old Mill.

Broadneck's 6-foot-1 Andrea Macey (14 points, seven rebounds) and 6-2 Theresa Cornish (eight, five) dominated under the boards. Cornish had an all-around great game with three steals and two blocked shots, and 6-1 teammate Jen Chapman contributed six points and four rebounds.

North County's 6-foot junior forward Renita Johnson -- coming off of a 22-point, 16-rebound effort in the Tuesday's quarterfinal victory over LaPlata -- was held to seven points, and Miller's 16 points were scattered across the four periods.

The Bruins out-rebounded the Knights, 13-5, in the first half and played stingy defense all over the court for a 22-13 intermission lead.

Macey had eight points and five rebounds in the half as the Bruins led, 18-8, midway through the second period.

Miller scored nine of her team's first-half points but Johnson had her first field-goal attempt blocked by Cornish and had a quiet first half with just a field goal.

Broadneck took advantage of four turnovers for a 13-6 first-quarter lead and held Miller to four points.

The teams scored evenly in the third period as the Bruins still led by nine, 30-21, butNorth County's Johnson again left the game with three fouls early inthe period.

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