Before last night's game against No. 2 Arundel, Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell said her team had a chance to beat the Wildcats if her sophomores played well.
They did - especially 5-foot-11 forward Achiri Ade, who scored a game-high 22 points and had 14 rebounds - as the No. 5 Gators upset Arundel, 64-42, before a packed house at Seton Keough.
"We had a team bonding thing [Sunday], and we just came out ready to play," said 6-4 senior center Asya Bussie of a team scavenger hunt at The Mall in Columbia. "We're just trying to get everybody on the same page and just come out strong."
Sophomores Amber Singletary, who had 10 points, and Rianna Frazer also played well and complemented the strong senior duo of Bussie (16 points, 17 rebounds) and Katelyn Fischer (12 points, six assists).
The Gators (6-3) made their break with a 14-2 second-quarter run that boosted their lead to 34-20 with 1:08 left. Four minutes into the second half, the Gators had extended their lead to 48-27.
"This was our turning point for the season," Fischer said. "We knew they were going to be a fast-paced team, and we really had to protect the ball because we haven't really done that lately. We've had a lot of turnovers. We knew we had to slow down the pace and play the way we want to play and be really patient, get the ball inside to Asya and then it would just open everything up."
Arundel coach Lee Rogers was visibly upset with the officiating. The Wildcats shot one free throw while the Gators hit 17. Two of the Wildcats' top players, 6-4 center Sheronne Vails and guard Talen Watson, fouled out midway through the fourth quarter after spending long stretches on the bench. Each scored two points.
Ashley Davis led the Wildcats (3-2) with 13 points.
TOWSON CATHOLIC 54, WOODLAWN 31:: Chelsea Dukes scored 16 points in the second half as the Lady Owls (6-4) pulled away from the visiting Warriors.
Towson Catholic led by five at halftime before Dukes took over. She finished with a game-high 23 points and added seven rebounds and three assists.
No. 11 EDMONDSON 56, BANKS 52, OT:: Emmanuel Jackson led all scorers with 24 points for Samuel Banks, but it wasn't enough as the visiting Red Storm (6-0) came back from six points down to win in overtime.
OVERLEA 70, KENWOOD 65, OT:: Corey Kimble's layup as time was expiring sent the game into overtime, and the Falcons (7-1) held on to defeat the visiting Bluebirds (3-4).
Kimble, who finished with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, took a pass from Cory Grant after a missed free throw by Kenwood and put in the tying basket.
Grant finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Isaich Bull led all scorers with 22 points for Kenwood.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.