Defending Class 1A state champion Dunbar used a pressure man-to-man defense and got off to its best start of the season Friday, scoring 40 points in the first half to beat Surrattsville, 68-46, in the Class1A South regional final.
Michelle Wright led the No. 4 Poets (17-5) with 38 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Shylia Buie added 15 points, seven assists and four steals. Jasmine Hill had 22 points for the Hornets (17-6).
Dunbar led 40-15 at the half. With the win, Dunbar goes to the state semifinals for the seventh time since 2000 and will be looking for its sixth state championship.
No. 14 Century 46, Poolesville 35: Jamie Clark had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Knights (23-2) beat the Falcons to win the 2A West regional championship.
Alice Mercer added 11 points and four steals, and Cassidy Jones led the defensive effort with five steals.
Century led 15-13 at the half.
Owings Mills 50, Loch Raven 43: The Eagles advanced to their first state semifinal since 1984 with a win over the Raiders in Class 2A North.
Sophomore guard Briana Bull led Owings Mills with 17 points, seven steals and five assists. Senior guard Deara Parker had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Kayla Toole paced Loch Raven (10-14) with 22 points.
The Eagles (13-11) will play No. 14 Century at UMBC on Friday at 5 p.m.
—Tom Worgo, Patuxent Publishing
Patterson Mill 61, Kent Island 58: Led by Qalea Ismail, who scored 20 points, Patterson Mill won the 2A East region championship over host Kent Island.
The Huskies (18-5) squandered first-half leads of 19-5 and 29-15, and were just 2-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final minutes but found a way to win.
Patterson Mill trailed 45-44 after three quarters, but went ahead 49-47 on Morgan Golec's free throws and never trailed again. Golec finished with 15 points and Elizabeth Wilson added nine. Ashley Crossman led Kent Island with 15 points.
—Randy McRoberts, The Aegis
River Hill 46, Howard 33: Jenna Collins had a game-high 13 points to lead the Hawks (21-4) over the Lions (17-8) in Class 3A.
Alauna Jackson scored 11 points and Julie Collins had nine for the Hawks.
The Hawks trailed just once after Howard's Brittany Butler scored the game's first bucket. Howard, which hit six of seven from the free-throw line in the second quarter but could not get a field goal, rallied in the third quarter.
Howard cut into River Hill's 15-point lead but never got closer than eight.
Brittany Butler led Howard with 12 points, and Christine Robinson scored seven.
—Carol Gralia, Howard County Times