Peters' clutch 3-pointer lifts Winters Mill girls

The Baltimore Sun

The Winters Mill girls basketball team had barely a trickle of offense from the perimeter in last night's Class 2A West quarterfinal.

In the final moments, however, it was a clutch three-pointer - their only one of the night - that helped the No. 8 Falcons open the floodgates and save their perfect season.

With the game tied, Jen Peters made a three-pointer with 1:10 left to spark a 10-2 run, lifting the host Falcons to a 61-55 win over Walkersville.

Winters Mill (23-0) advances to tomorrow's regional semifinals, where it will host Century, a 49-32 winner over Liberty. The Carroll County rivals will meet for the third time this season.

The Falcons first had to outlast the Lions (15-9), who hung around throughout the game and took a 46-45 lead on Julia McLellan's layup with 3:52 left.

After going 0-for-8 from three-point range, Winters Mill needed just one shot to regain control. The team got it when Peters, who scored a game-high 24 points, made an open shot after the inbounds pass.

"It was crazy. I wasn't expecting to shoot it at first, but once I shot, I knew it was going in," Peters said. "I could just feel it."

Kirsten Byrne followed seconds later with a three-point play off a steal, and the Falcons sealed it by hitting five straight foul shots in the final 43 seconds.

"The kids did a good job tonight stepping it up," Falcons coach Bernie Koontz said.

RICH SCHERR

No. 4 Mount Hebron 62, Central (Prince George's County) 32 -- Megan Schaaf scored 14 of her 17 points in the first half to lead the host Vikings (24-0) past the Falcons in Class 2A South. Mount Hebron built a 39-6 lead at the half and never trailed. Mount Hebron hosts River Hill in tomorrow's semifinal at 7 p.m.

No. 5 Catonsville 73, Towson 44 -- Shamika Williams had a game- high 21 points as the Comets (22-2) beat the visiting Generals in Class 3A North. Catonsville faces the winner of Franklin-Patterson in tomorrow's semifinal at 4 p.m.

No. 11 Old Mill 56, Chesapeake-AA 35 -- Ciarra Lucas and Patrice Jones combined for 31 points as the host Patriots (19-5) beat the Cougars in Class 4A East.

C. Milton Wright 52, Thomas Johnson 51 -- The Mustangs (15-5) used a 21-15 third quarter effort to erase a four-point halftime deficit in their victory over the visiting Patriots. Meredith Allen had six points and Lauren Houck had five to spark the third-quarter rally.

Centennial 55, Meade 51 -- The Eagles (14-9) outscored the visiting Mustangs (13-10) 20-10 in the fourth quarter to come back from a six-point deficit and earn the victory. Jess Graeff had six of her eight points in the fourth, including a three-pointer with 1:21 left to break a tie at 49.

Century 49, Liberty 34 -- Kate Schwarzmann scored a game-high 18 points, 15 in the second half, to power the host Knights (18-5) past the Lions.

Fallston 52, Annapolis 46 -- Jess Harlee had a game-high 20 points as the host Cougars (20-3) beat the Panthers in Class 3A East. Annapolis had a strong second half, including a 14-8 run in the third quarter.

Joppatowne 72, Harford Tech 43 -- Tamela Thornton had 14 points and Brittany Thornton had a double double (11 points, 11 assists) as the Mariners (14-6) defeated the visiting Cobras in Class 1A South.

Milford Mill 59, Dundalk 45 -- The Millers (15-6), led by Erica Harrigan with 12 points, held off a late rally by the Owls in Class 3A North. Dundalk trailed 26-17 at the half before scoring 18 in the third quarter.

New Town 83, Chesapeake-BC 46 -- Brittany Spencer and Amira Tucker scored 24 points each to power the host Titans (19-3) past the Retrievers in Class 1A North. New Town built a 36-18 lead at the half.

Poly 90, Loch Raven 25 -- Cynthia Johnson and Miriah Goodman combined for 38 points to power the Engineers (18-5) past the visiting Raiders in Class 2A North.

Boys

Harford Tech 54, Havre de Grace 50 -- The visiting Cobras (13-9) capitalized on poor shooting by the Warriors (14-7) to earn the victory in a Class 1A quarterfinal.

South Carroll 47, Glenelg 46 -- The visiting Cavaliers (7-16) made clutch free throws down the stretch to escape with a victory over the Gladiators (8-15).

Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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