The Aberdeen Eagles girls basketball team knew it would be a tough road Thursday night, bringing one of the state's best teams, Riverdale Baptist, into the Eagles Nest for a non-league game for both.
Playing without injured Brionna Jones was a given, but also missing starting point guard Kierra Palmer because of a concussion sustained Tuesday, the Eagles were thin at point guard and it eventually showed in a 85-66 defeat.
The Eagles, who have lost three straight to Riverdale Baptist, looked sharp very early, running out to an 8-2 lead, but the struggling Crusaders found their balance and outscored the Eagles 21-11 in the final six minutes of the first quarter. Tyker Carter's second three-point shot of the quarter gave Riverdale Baptist a 23-19 lead after one quarter, despite the visitors getting hit with two technical fouls.
Aberdeen was able to stay close on the scoring of freshman Stephanie Jones, who scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the first half. Her three-pointer put Aberdeen back ahead 25-24 in the second quarter, but Riverdale Baptist went back ahead and never trailed again. Mache Turner's only basket of the game, a three-point shot, put the Crusaders ahead 39-33 at the half, their largest lead of the half.
In the second half it was bombs away by the Crusaders, who made six three-pointers in the third quarter alone. They made 14 in the game. Auteaonna Gilmore, the Crusaders point guard, made three of the long range shots. Carter had two and five for the game. The shooting pushed the lead to double digits and a 66-50 lead through three quarters.
One last gasp by the Eagles (14-3), a 6-0 run to start the final quarter, cut the margin to 10, but that's as close as the Eagles could get. Riverdale Baptist outscored the Eagles 19-16 in the last quarter, settling in on the 19-point win.
Jimmia McCluskey, who filled in at point guard for most of the game, finished with 14 points before fouling out midway through the final quarter. Endia Jones added eight points and Nazje Norton had seven.
Carter and Gilmore each scored 21 points to pace the winners, while Chloe Jackson had 19 points.
Patriots beat Cougars
John Carroll and Fallston met Monday night in Fallston with the visting Patriots taking a lopsided 57-18 non-league win.
Bel Air (5-4, 9-7) was also a winner in Chesapeake play Thursday, beating host Fallston, 42-28.
Connor Hanley led the Bobcats with 14 points, while Jamie Bittner scored 11 points.
Fallston (0-8) was led by Phoenix Offutt's eight points. Bel Air led the game at the half, 21-17.
Warriors edge Cobras
For the second time this season, Havre de Grace (5-5, 5-9) edged Harford Tech (2-7, 2-10) in Susquehanna play. The last win came Thursday in Havre de Grace where the Warriors won 41-39 on two Taylor Smith free throws with 1.4 seconds showing on the clock.
Addie Richardson paced Havre de Grace with 22 points. Smith finished with 11 points and Shannon Pilcher added six points.
HCS beats Perryville
Harford Christian (11-6) defeated host Perryville Thursday night, 46-34. HCS was led in scoring by Chloe Akers' 14 points and four assists. Leah Edwards had eight points and six steals. Taylor Lavin had six points and nine rebounds, while Kelsey Williams added five points and 11 rebounds.
Perryville was led by Bella Jones' 14 points.
Patriots fall at McDonogh
McDonogh sophomore point guard Danielle Edwards left little doubt to the outcome of the meeting between the Eagles and visiting John Carroll Patriots. Edwards made two, three-pointers enroute to a 58-32 McDonogh victory over the upset-minded Patriots.
Edwards led all scorers with 13 points as the Eagles raced out to a 14-3 first quarter lead and never looked back. The few bright spots for John Carroll were the offensive surge from sophomore Ola Ekundayo, who along with junior Yemaya Johnson, led the Patriots with 12 points each.
Rams beat Mariners
In a Susquehanna game played Wednesday night, host Edgewood (10-0, 12-5) knocked off Joppatowne (5-5, 5-11), 63-47. Shania Stamper led the Rams with 28 points.