Two-time defending Class 4A state champion Broadneck wore its new satin uniforms for Friday's girls basketball game with North County.
The Bruins showed the uniforms off and then showed up the Knights,39-32, in a game that wasn't quite as pretty as Broadneck's new outfits.
"It wasn't pretty, but (North County) makes you play that way. They're a scrappy, well-coached team and then didn't give us an inch," said Broadneck coach Bruce Springer.
Springer had hoped the new cinnamon-colored uniforms, purchased Tuesday, would add spice to the already-streaking Bruins (13-4 overall, 6-2 Bay Division).
"If we show up and play like we did against Old Mill (a 62-57 Knight win the previous Friday), then we should win by about 10 points," said North County coach Sally Entsminger, whose Knights dropped to 13-4, 7-1 in the Bay Division.
Unfortunately, the Knights' offense didn'tshow up at all in the first quarter. They went 0-for-14 from the field and trailed, 10-0, after that period.
In addition to the first-quarter shutout, the Bruins held the Knights' Kim Miller, the county's leading scorer with an 18.6 points-per-game average, to just 10 points. Miller was coming off of Tuesday's 24-point, 19-rebound performance in a 58-53 victory over Arundel.
Andrea Macey, a 6-foot-1 center/forward, led the Bruins with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
"We knew we had an advantage inside and that's what did it for us,"said Macey, who has a 3.5 grade-point average and is being recruitedby several colleges, including Seton Hall.
Macey and her teammates, 6-2 Theresa Cornish (nine each in points and rebounds) and 6-1 Jen Chapman (six points, 11 rebounds) took control under the boards.
Ava Tasker made it 12-0 to start the second quarter with a 14-footer, but the Knights came back with a tenacious press.
Then -- beginning with a Miller layup with 7 minutes, 4 seconds showing -- they went on an 8-0 run that ended with 3:37 left in the half with Renita Johnson going to the hole for two.
Elise Maccubbin and Miller each contributed two free throws in that stretch.
Broadneck's Amy Chaney then hit a basket and two free throws and Chapman scored from underneath. North County's Miller and Nicole Falkner (five points) each connected on jumpers to cut the Bruins' lead to 18-12 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Johnson, who had only two points in the first half, got hot with six points to help North County pull to within, 22-18. She alone outscored the Knights, 6-4, to open the period.
But the Knights trailed, 24-21, when Johnson got her fourth foul and left with 2:47 remaining in the period.
Johnson didn't return until 5:15 remained in the game. But with 4:02 left she got her fifth foul, sending Broadneck's Tasker (four points) to the line, where she sank both free throws to make it 34-25.
North County outscored the Bruins, 7-4, the rest of the way but couldn't overtake them as two more starters -- Tonya Kolodziejski and Stephanie Meyer -- fouled out down the stretch.
"We have four games left," said Macey. "We knew this was a big one and we're taking the rest one game at a time."
Before Friday's games, North County's Friendship Division rival Old Mill was atop Region IV standings with 98 points and a 7.0 average, followed by North County (89, 6.84) and Broadneck (85, 6.07).
The victory over a 4A school was worth eight points for Broadneck, moving the Bruins ahead of North County and closer to Old Mill, which visited Meade Friday.
The top two Region IV finishers receives a first-round bye and the home-court advantage in their first regional playoff.
Broadneck has games remaining with Southern, Meade, Glen Burnie and Arundel. North County has North Carroll, Queen Anne's, Annapolis, Severna Park and Chesapeake left.
The rest of the Region IV standings before Friday night looked like this:
Arundel (83 points, 5.18 average) of the Friendship Division was fourth followed by fifth-place Severna Park (80, 5.0) of the Bay Division.
Charles County's La Plata (62, 4.13) was sixth, followed by Glen Burnie (54, 3.6), Chesapeake (48, 3.42), Annapolis (16, 1.14) and Meade (8, 0.53).