Girl Athlete of the Week (March 6): Taylor Sawyer, Pikesville, basketball

Pikesville was in need of an offensive spark in last week’s Baltimore County girls basketball championship game against Western Tech. Shooting guard Taylor Sawyer came off the bench midway through the first quarter and immediately provided one.

She hit two 3’s and another long jumper —  all eight of her points in the game coming in that first quarter —  to get the Panthers on track for a 53-30 win at Towson University’s SECU Arena on Feb. 26. It’s believed to be the program’s first county crown.

Last season, Pikesville reached the county title game and fell behind to Catonsville, 15-0, in a 76-41 setback. This time, Sawyer’s hot early shooting helped the Panthers build a 15-8 advantage against Western Tech.

In her second varsity season, Sawyer has developed into a key role player off the bench, averaging five points per game. In the county title win, she also finished with five rebounds and two steals.

Pikesville, set to meet Randallstown in the region playoffs Tuesday, closed out the regular season with a 20-4 mark.

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