Mt. Hebron got what it has been waiting for all season when it defeated visiting City College in the 3A East regional playoffs Wednesday, avenging a season-ending loss to the Black Knights last winter. (Andrew Conrad, BSMG)
ELLICOTT CITY, MD — Mt. Hebron got what it has been waiting for all season when it defeated visiting City College in the 3A East regional playoffs Wednesday night, 55-49, avenging a season-ending loss to the Black Knights last winter.
"They came here to play. They're a tough team. Just getting revenge from last year when we went out there and got smacked by like 18, a lot of the girls kept that in their mind," said Mt. Hebron coach Tony Bell. "We were ready."
Viking seniors Meghan Doherty (12), Nia Crump (11) and Megan Konig (10) combined for 33 points in the win.
"To grab this win feels great. It sparks the team off for the postseason ... it's time to go," said Crump, who also led the Vikings on the boards. "To box out and get some really key boards against bigger girls was a really great accomplishment."
City was led by junior Nkeiruka Okororie with 16 points in the loss.
The Black Knights cut Mt. Hebron's lead to one at 46-45 after a score by junior Sabreen Muslim (11 points) with 5:35 remaining in the game.
But a basket and free throw by Vikings junior Peyton LeConte (9 points), followed by a layup by junior Gabrielle Green off a nice feed by Doherty, gave Mt. Hebron all the points it would need to hold on for the win.
Neither team scored in the final three minutes of the game, making for an anticlimactic finish, which was just fine with Bell.
"I just wanted to see the clock hit 0:00," he said.
Top-seeded Mt. Hebron will next host Baltimore Poly, which defeated Centennial Wednesday evening, in the 3A East Section I championship.
Glenelg freshman Jess Foster rose to the occasion in her first playoff appearance, scoring a game-high 28 points — including three three-pointers, and 17 of 22 free throw attempts — to help the Gladiators secure a Section II finals bid against top-seeded Atholton.
Chelsea Buchiane led the Hawks in the loss, nailing four three-pointers and scoring a team-high 16 points.
After eliminating the Mustangs in the 2A South regional playoffs, Oakland Mills has now defeated Marriotts Ridge three times this season. But each time has gotten progressively harder, culminating with Wednesday night's four-point victory.
"It's hard beating a team three times in a row, especially when it's the playoffs and they're coming back with fire and intensity," said Scorpions junior Ny'jayah Lockwood, who scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down 20 rebounds. "They have a lot of athletes and they're a very good team. I'm just happy that we won on our home court."
Oakland Mills, the top seed in the 2A South region, will now host Calvert in the Section I final.
The Mustangs, who have only two seniors on their roster, lost to Oakland Mills by 20 points earlier this season.
"We have come so far this season. At the end of the game I was more bummed for the girls than anything because I just didn't want it to end. We were really coming into our own," Mustangs coach Caitlin Bay said. "I've heard this word 'potential' so much. Next year I don't want to hear it anymore, it's going to be what we are. We're going to turn the potential into talent, and they have this year."
MR: S. Blalock 21, Held 12, Miller 10, C. Blalock 5, Hockensmith 4, Ohnmacht 4.
OM: Lockwood 18, Jackson 14, Jones-Carter 10, Mallory 8, Davis 7, Diggs 3.
Half: OM 31-20
Sherwood 66, Howard 59
The Warriors withstood several Lions rallies in the second half, but were never seriously in jeopardy of losing their lead.
"They're vey quick. They've got shooters, and they're a very good team," Howard coach Scott Robinson said. "That's the most points we've given up all year."
Senior guards Jayda Gilmore and Natalie Talley combined to score 28 points for the Lions in the loss.
"I'm proud of the girls. We had a great season, 18-5 is a great season," Robinson said. "Considering what we lost the previous year, we had girl step up and we had a great run. We just fell a little short."
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