Junior swing player Stacy Himes scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, leading No. 3 Old Mill to a come-from-behind victory, 51-47, over No. 8 Broadneck yesterday in an Anne Arundel County game.
The Bruins (11-3) suffered their first home loss in four years, but they didn't go down easily, leading after each of the first three quarters. Old Mill (13-1) went ahead for good with 6 minutes left in the game when junior center Debbie Dawson took a Himes pass and scored inside to break a 40-40 tie. The Patriots led by as many as five points twice in the last 3 minutes, 35 seconds, but Broadneck narrowed the gap to 48-47 on a bank shot by Jen Chapman with 43 seconds remaining.
Himes then made a free throw, and after a Broadneck turnover, Patriots sophomore guard Michelle Salmon made two free throws with 18 seconds left. The teams exchanged turnovers before Broadneck senior guard Amy Chaney missed a three-point attempt, and Himes grabbed her fifth rebound to secure the win.
It was Old Mill's eighth straight victory since a 60-41 loss to top-ranked Mount Hebron in December.
"Broadneck played a nice game. They were well-prepared for us," said Old Mill coach Pat Chance. "I didn't think our kids played as well. We don't make things easy."
Broadneck has gone primarily with a man-to-man defense the last two weeks, and the defending state 4A champions were the latest team to struggle against it, shooting 35 percent (18-of-51) from the field and appearing stagnant on offense.