Host Mount Hebron became the third Howard County team to qualify for the state basketball semifinals by routing Towson, 78-53, last night in the girls Class 2A, Region II championship game.
The second-ranked Vikings (21-3) used pressure to create turnovers early and led Towson (20-3), 22-6, after the first quarter.
"Our defensive pressure really caused them problems," said Vikings coach Dave Greenberg. "We went after them from the beginning with full-court pressure, and they really had trouble handling it."
Mount Hebron's Erica McCauley led the charge with a game-high 25 points, including three first-half three-pointers and no turnovers.
"In the first half, it was all our game," she said. "We were really hitting our outside shots. After halftime, [Towson] tried to stop us with a triangle-and-two, but we were able to get the ball inside for layups.
"I really don't think they were ready for our kind of pressure."
The defending Class 2A state champion Vikings, seeking their fifth state title in six seasons, will face Glenelg in the semifinals Friday at Catonsville Community College, where they hope for a repeat performance. Mount Hebron has defeated Glenelg twice this season.
The third team to qualify for the semifinals is Class 3A Oakland Mills.