The John Carroll Patriots will play for the IAAM B Conference girls basketball championship Saturday at UMBC. The Patriots gained entry into the final Thursday evening at home, defeating Bryn Mawr, 51-36, in a semifinal game.
The Patriots will meet St Mary's in Saturday's title game which is set for a 3 p.m. start. St. Mary's beat NDP, 49-40, in Thursday's other semifinal.
John Carroll beat St. Mary's 47-42 in their only meeting earlier this season. Patriots head coach Mike Blizzard says St. Mary's is a very underrated team and a good three-point shooting team.
In Thursday's win the Patriots got off to a fast start, leading 20-7 after one quarter. That allowed Blizzard to execute his game plan, which was to rest as many starters as possible during the win.
Miranda Ripken scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter, and Maya Johnson added 11 points. Neither Ripken or Johnson played in the fourth quarter.
Emily Soller finished with nine points, including making two, three-point baskets.
The win, the Patriots' 20th in a row, pushed their season record to 22-3.
Mustangs beat Rams in OT
C. Milton Wright locked up the Susquehanna Division title Thursday night, but not without a battle from host Edgewood.
The Rams took the Mustangs into overtime, before CMW pulled away for a 60-51 win. The game was tied 47-47 at the end of regulation.
The division title gives the Mustangs (13-1, 17-5) a spot in Wednesday's UCBAC Championship game. CMW will meet Chesapeake Division champion, Aberdeen, the Baltimore area's top rated team, at 5 p.m. at Harford Tech.
Abby Smucker scored 24 points to lead the Mustangs in Thursday's win. Lauren Haggerty added nine points, and Colleen Houck scored eight.
Edgewood's Shania Stamper led all scorers with 25 points, while Jada Hatcher scored 20 for the Rams (9-5, 12-10).
Eagles beat Cobras
Aberdeen polished off its last UCBAC Chesapeake Division opponent Thursday night to finish the league regular season schedule a perfect 12-0. The Eagles rolled over visiting Harford Tech, 71-27.
Nia Alleyne paced the Eagles (21-0 overall) with 20 points, while TK Fowlkes added 10. Janaye Glover had seven points.
Crystal McCullum led Tech (0-12, 3-14) with 10 points and Emily Edmunds had nine.
Aberdeen has two games next week.
First, will be a trip to Riverdale Baptist on Tuesday to face the nationally ranked Crusaders (25-2). Game time is 7 p.m.
Then it will be back to Harford for Wednesday's 5 p.m. UCBAC Championship game against CMW at Harford Tech.
Mariners beat Cougars
Joppatowne closed its Chesapeake Division season Thursday by winning in overtime against visiting Fallston, 54-49.
Joppatowne (10-2, 18-4) led at the half (25-17) and after three quarters (38-31), but Fallston (8-4, 13-8) rallied to knot the game at 45-45 at the end of regulation.
The Mariners, however, regained the momentum and outscored the Cougars 9-4 in the extra period en route to the win.
Joppatowne's Lakiah Huff led all scorers with 22 points and teammate Shakara Head added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Rachael Holehouse led the Cougars with 19 points, while Emily Nosek and Alyssa March each scored 10 points for Fallston.
Warriors close with win
Havre de Grace closed its regular season with a win Thursday on Senior Night. The Warriors slid past North East 28-24 in Susquehanna Division play.
Addie Richardson led the Warriors (4-10, 4-17) with 10 points, while Taylor Smith and Katie Bubb each had six points for the winners.