EDGEWOOD -- Led by sophomore Maurice Boone, Edgewood took a commanding first-half lead, then withstood a rally to beat 14th-ranked Joppatowne, 55-49, last night in a key Harford County League game.
Boone, a 6-foot point guard, scored 10 points in the first half, as the Rams jumped to 34-15 lead. He scored key points on a layup with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining to hold back a Joppatowne surge that had brought the Mariners into contention from a 21-point deficit.
The game, delayed three weeks by a snow cancellation, was to be a showdown between the two top-ranked Harford teams. It lost its luster, however, when Mariners star center Kevin Hockaday suffered an ankle injury six days earlier. Playing without Hockaday, the top rebounder (15.4) and No. 2 scorer (23.7) in the league, Joppatowne had seen its 16-game win streak end the night before against Aberdeen.