The streaks continued for both the Broadneck and Severna Park girls basketball teams last night.
Getting 14 points each from guards Ava Tasker and Michelle Meyer, the Bay Division-leading Bruins (6-1) improved their home victory skein to 37, winning, 48-38, and sending the visiting Friendship Division Falcons (2-5) home with their fourth consecutive loss.
"We just took our time and passed the ball and just tried to beatthem up the sidelines," said Tasker, who had five fourth-quarter points, including 3-for-3 at the line.
Meyer, conversely, was 2-for-9at the line, but tallied eight of the Bruins' 25 first-half points.
"I've been trying to get my game back," said Meyer. "(Jen Chapman)has a lot of pressure on her from teams knowing she's got the full ride (to the University of Vermont), so when they collapse on her, that kind of opens things up for us."
And closed the door on Severna Park.
The road has been hard on the Falcons, who finished 16-7 a year ago and play their first home game against the Bay Division's North County Friday.
Last week, just days after his Falcons dropped two close games in the Holly-n-Hoops tournament, Coach Kevin McGrath said of sixth-ranked Broadneck, "They're bigger than us, and they might be in better shape."
With 3 minutes, 3 seconds left in the firstquarter, Broadneck seemed on the verge of proving him right.
Withthe game tied at 2-2, the 5-foot-8 Meyer drove the lane to spark an 11-0 run for a 13-2 first-quarter lead capped by Tasker's buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Broadneck, which went on to post a 25-14 halftime lead, got balanced play from Meyer, Tasker and 5-10 center Sarah Bannat (five points, seven boards).
Chapman contributed eight points, 10 boards and a blocked shot overall.
Severna Park pressed defensively, but still didn't gain any ground in the third period, which it trailed, 33-22.
"One of the keys is that the other girls have stepped up and contributed," said Broadneck coach Bruce Springer. "I think the break had something to do with us being a little shaky tonight, but we came through when it counted."
Broadneck had its biggest lead, 46-30, with just under two minutes left in the game. But whenSpringer removed all of his starters, the Falcons pressed for an 8-0run.
That left McGrath with a smile on his face, despite the setback.
"They might have thought the game was over, but we didn't. This is probably the best game we've played all year," said McGrath, whose squad was led by its only senior starter, Jill Natwick (12 points), and junior Amy Carnaggio (eight).
"We're working much better ontop, but we still don't have everything worked out," McGrath said. "There were times tonight where it took us a while to get going . . . Tonight, at least we were able to kick into gear."
The Bruins visit Chesapeake Friday and aren't at home again until Jan. 17 against Southern.