Coppin Academy girls win first regional basketball title

In its first season in the state playoffs, the Coppin Academy girls basketball team is on its way to the Class 1A final four. The Eagles will play Largo at 9 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

Kayla Henderson scored 35 points and had 11 assists as the Golden Eagles defeated Mardela, 75-52, Saturday in the 1A East regional championship on their home court at Coppin State.

Coppin (20-3) struggled with foul trouble early as two starters, senior Tylea Galloway and freshman Nyshae Weaver, picked up four each in the first half.

“We were just fouling the first half and the other team pretty much stayed in the game,” Eagles coach Ulysses Hardy said. “In the third quarter, we went with some role players and Kayla just willed us to win. The third quarter was her quarter. We had a lead but they kept coming and we went to a box-and-one on their best player, so she was defending their best player.”

Tana Galloway had 12 points for the Eagles and Weaver finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

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