No. 10 Institute of Notre Dame wins the IAAM B Conference championship with a 62-55 win over Mount de Sales. (Katherine Dunn / Baltimore Sun video)
Eniyah Russell scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to give the Institute of Notre Dame the lead for good and the Penguins (19-6) held off Mount de Sales for their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship, 62-55, on Sunday at Stevenson.
Russell, a sophomore guard who finished with 23 points, gave the No. 10 Penguins a 41-40 lead to open the final quarter and they never again trailed, though the Sailors (19-8) cut the lead to one three times. Back-to-back baskets from La'Shyra Williams and Grace Taylor pushed the IND lead to 51-46 with 3:45 to go.
Maura Devine's 3-pointer with 40 seconds left cut the lead to three. Ja'Lyn Armstrong, who finished with 20 points, sealed it with two free throws and a transition layup on a feed from Williams.
The Sailors, who defeated two-time defending champion St. John's-College Prep in the semifinals, kept pace with nine 3-pointers, including three in a row in the third quarter from Rachel Krug for a 40-35 lead with a little over a minute left. The junior wing, who hit four, led the Sailors with 12 points. After Krug gave the them the lead, however, a couple of free throws from Armstrong and a buzzer-beating layup by Russell cut the lead to one going into the final quarter.
MDS—Berlin 8, Sy.Sklastad 11, Devin 10, Kuhn 3, Zaranski 8, Krug 12, Stewart 3. Totals 14 18-28 55.
IND—Russell 23, Armstrong 20, DuBose 3, Williams 8, Tarylor 8. Totals 25 9-14 62. Half: IND 27-26.
Bryn Mawr girls basketball wins the IAAM C Conference championship, defeating Oldfields, 32-24.
After a runner-up finish last season, Bryn Mawr won its first IAAM basketball title with a 32-24 over Oldfields in the C Conference final.
The Mawrtians (16-5), who split with Oldfields during the regular season, never trailed, combining balanced scoring and dominant rebounding with a defense that stalled Oldfields' repeated attempts to drive through the paint. Virginia Oursler led the Mawrtians with nine points, and Carolina Mills added seven.
Oldfields (14-4) was within five with 1:09 to go after Joy Brown-Bryant's follow shot. The Mawrtians, who defeated defending champions Indian Creek in the semifinals, answered with consecutive back-door plays as Mills fed Abbey Hurlbrink and Zoe Faraone fed Oursler for a 32-23 lead with 22 seconds left.
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