With the UCBAC's Susquehanna Division title at stake, C. Milton Wright and Patterson Mill went to battle Tuesday night on the Huskies home floor.
The Mustangs, needing a win to lock up the title, saw three players foul out and the Huskies make enough free throws to win, 49-44, forcing a tie atop the standings with each facing regular season-ending road games Thursday.
CMW (12-1, 16-5) will visit Edgewood at 6:45 p.m., while Patterson Mill (12-1, 15-5) will travel to Perryville for a 7 p.m. start.
Meanwhile, at John Carroll, the Patriots took their first step toward the IAAM B Conference crown with a 54-45 win over Mt. de Sales in quarterfinal action. The Patriots will host Bryn Mawr at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal. The final is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at UMBC.
At Patterson Mill, CMW led 12-10 after one quarter, but through one half, nothing was settled with the teams tied at 19.
Patterson Mill, on the strength of a 6-0 run late in the third quarter, took a 32-27 lead into the final eight minutes. The Huskies scored 13 points in the quarter, seven from the free throw line.
Seven more free throws (17 total points) by the Huskies in the fourth were enough to seal the win. The Huskies, who were 19-for-40 at the stripe for the game, saw a nine-point lead slip to three in the final minutes, but that's as close as the Mustangs could get.
Qalea Ismail scored 19 points to lead the Huskies, while Elizabeth Wilson added 14 points. Morgan Golec scored eight.
Jess Canami, one of the Mustangs who fouled out, scored nine points, while Allie Appleby and Colleen Houck netted eight points apiece.
Patriots move on
In John Carroll's win, its 19th straight, the Patriots found themselves down by two points at the half and after three quarters to their pesky visitors.
Coach Mike Blizzard pointed to tough defense in the final quarter that propelled John Carroll (21-3) to a 17-6 scoring advantage and the nine-point win.
Emily Soller, who was cold in the first half, still managed to pump in 23 points, including 19 in the second half. Miranda Ripken continued her steady all-around solid play, scoring 14 points, and Ashley Hunter finished with eight points, six in the fourth quarter.
Eagles beat Cougars
Aberdeen took another step toward perfection Tuesday, beating visiting Fallston, 69-48, in Chesapeake play.
Brionna Jones scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Eagles (11-0, 20-0), while Nia Alleyne added 14 points and Jimmia McCluskey scored nine. McCluskey also had eight rebounds.
Rachael Holehouse led the Cougars (8-3, 13-7) with 18 points, while Jayme Harmon scored 10.
Rams beat Eagles
Edgewood added another win Tuesday, traveling to and defeating Bo Manor, 59-25, in Susquehanna play. The Rams (9-4, 12-9) were led by Shania Stamper's 22-point outing. Breanna Hanna added 13 points and Jada Hatcher finished with 10 points.
Ashley Mayse paced Bo Manor with nine points.
Hawks beat Cobras
North Harford (5-6, 13-8) pulled within a game of .500 in the Chesapeake after a 68-45 win at Harford Tech Tuesday. The Hawks led 35-21 at the half.
Britany Chavis paced Tech (0-1, 3-13) with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Brittany Barber added eight points. Crystal McCullum had 10 rebounds.