The Perry Hall boys basketball team has ideas about getting to where New Town has been.
It showed in a big way Friday night.
The No. 7 Gators scored 13 straight points in the third quarter against the defending Baltimore County and Class 2A state champion to take complete charge and come away with a 65-43 road win in Owings Mills.
Perry Hall (2-0) got dominant inside play from 6-foot-8 juniors Anthony Higgs (game-high 21 points) and Laquil Hardnett (16 points) to shake the 0-2 Titans, who have a largely new cast with no starters returning from last season's team.
The Gators, who reached the Class 4A state semifinals in 2015-16, led 32-25 midway through the third quarter when they pulled away with the 13-0 run. Senior guard James Rider scored all seven of his points in the stretch and the defense took four charges. The Titans went 7:24 without a field goal — a stretch that ended early in the fourth quarter.
"Once we controlled the glass and played really good half-court man defense, that's what really won the game for us," Perry Hall coach George Panageotou said.
No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph 70, No. 3 Glenelg Country 65: Anthony Longpre scored a game-high 20 points, but the host Dragons (4-3, 1-3 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Black Division) fell to the Gaels (7-0, 3-0).
James Bishop had 16 points for Mount Saint Joseph, which faces No. 2 Poly today at 4:30 p.m. at UMBC.
No. 6 Calvert Hall 56, Archbishop Spalding 48: Alphonso Cornish scored a game-high 19 points to lead the host Cardinals (2-4, 1-2 MIAA A Conference Red Division) past the Cavaliers (4-3, 1-2).
Mount Carmel 68, No. 15 McDonogh 60: The host Cougars improved to 7-0, including 3-0 in the MIAA A Conference Red Division, by beating the Eagles (6-3-3-1).
Mount Carmel, led by Terry Nolan with 25 points, went 14-for-18 from the foul line in the second half to spark the win. Damian Chong-Qui had 24 points for McDonogh, which led 32-31 in the first half.
Ben Franklin 74, Chesapeake Science Point 55: The host Bayhawks (2-1) used man-to-man defense against the Tigers in the second half to expand a one-point halftime lead.
Edmondson 70, Edgewood 55: The host Red Storm (3-0) made some second-half adjustments, including a rotating defense, to break away from the Rams.
No. 5 Catonsville 69, Dulaney 40: Jasmine Dickey scored a game-high 27 points to lead the host Comets (1-0) past the Lions (1-2).
St. Paul's 48, Maryvale 47: Destiny Ryles (eight points) made a foul shot with less than a minute to go to secure the win for the Gators (3-1, 2-0 IAAM B Conference).
The host Lions (1-1, 0-1) missed a jump shot and a put-back as time expired. Molly McAleer finished with a game-high 20 points for Maryvale, which led 27-19 to start the second half.
Mount de Sales 57, St. Mary's 36: Madison Burris scored 17 points to lead the Sailors (3-1, 2-0 IAAM B Conference) past the host Saints (1-1, 0-1).
Whitney Albert had a game-high 19 points for St. Mary's.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.