Fallston girls coach Vern Brown smiled weakly when asked about his team's performance minutes after the Cougars hung on for a 44-43 victory over visiting Aberdeen in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game last night.
"It wasn't pretty," he said. "But I'll take it."
Fallston (13-3, 4-2) ended a two-game losing streak and did it without top scorer Jess Harlee, who has missed most of the past three games with an eye injury that required corrective laser surgery. Brown is hopeful she can play more extensively next week.
It was a sloppy game, with the teams committing 29 turnovers. Neither could find much of an offensive rhythm. Fallston went the last 2:25 without scoring, but got eight of the game's final 11 points for the victory.
Lindsey Howard and Jess Steiner led the Cougars with 11 points apiece.
"We've gotten used to playing without Jess," Howard said. "Everyone has to step up at their positions, and tonight they did."
Nadja Rhodes led Aberdeen (9-6, 3-3) with 12 points and center Joanna Catalano scored 10 despite battling foul problems. The Eagles also were without their top scorer, Tiffany Taylor, who has a hairline ankle fracture.
Aberdeen appeared to be in command after an 11-0 run put it ahead 38-33 going into the fourth quarter. The Eagles had a chance to win, but missed a shot with about three seconds left.
Archbishop Curley 69, St. Paul's 65 -- Brandon Carroll scored a game-high 36 points to lead the Friars past the Crusaders (7-9) in overtime. Winfield Willis had 30 points for St. Paul's and Virgil Davis scored 14 of his 18 points in second half. St. Paul's led 55-53 with 45 seconds left before Curley forced overtime.
Walbrook 58, Forest Park 41 -- Roscoe Smith had a triple double (16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots) to power the visiting Warriors (8-6) past the Foresters (8-5). Walbrook trailed only once (9-8 in the first quarter). Forest Park's Antoine Myers led all scorers with 19 points and shot 11-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.