The fifth-ranked McDonogh girls basketball team capped an impressive week with a third win over a ranked opponent, topping Washington-area power Largo, 65-50, yesterday in Owings Mills.
Sophomore Brittany Mallory led the Eagles (4-0) with 24 points, seven steals and six assists. Sam Frost, McDonogh's junior center, led the team with 12 rebounds against the Lions, ranked 19th in the Washington area by The Washington Post.
The Eagles were trailing the Lions (3-2) in the first quarter but received a spark from freshman Annie Politsch, who had 10 points off the bench.
"To get out of the block with that youthful inexperience we have is enormous," said McDonogh coach Tom Gizzi, whose team has started strong despite not having any seniors on the roster.
McDonogh's big wins include a triumph over fourth-ranked St. Frances and another over Georgetown Visitation, which was ranked No. 17 by the Post. Mallory averaged 23 points per game in the three wins.
No. 15 Severn 57, Poly 48: Senior guard Sarah Meisenberg finished with 29 points, going 11-for-15 from the free-throw line for the Admirals (4-0). She also had nine rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. The Engineers fell to 1-2.
St. Mary's 58, St. Mary's Ryken 15: Bri Gauthier scored 28 points in the first half for the Saints (3-1) as they captured the title in the Pizza Hut Invitational in Leonardtown.
No. 6 Walbrook 62, National Christian Academy 31: The Warriors (3-0) rolled to the win behind Velmar Coleman's 25 points, 17 assists and 13 rebounds.
National Christian's Jimmy Conyers, a former player at Walbrook, had 15 points against his former team.
No. 12 Randallstown 85, New Town 35: Domonic Venable led the host Rams (2-0) with 18 points. The Titans fell to 0-2.
Hereford 85, CHEN 67: Matt Jones led the Bulls (1-1) with 20 points and six rebounds in the win over the visiting Bravehearts (1-4). Alex Strate finished with 17 points, including five three-pointers.
War on the Shore: South Carroll placed first out of 24 teams in the tournament hosted by Stephen Decatur High on the Eastern Shore.
The Cavaliers' Cameron Hobin placed first in the 103-pound weight class, and Tom Wheeler added a title in the 152-pound class. Lawrence Paul Schoonmaker finished second at 160 pounds.