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.
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.