Four of seven Harford County girls basketball teams failed to get past the semifinals in last week's regional playoffs.
North Harford,Edgewood, Havre de Grace and Bel Air all went home a game or two early, while C. Milton Wright, Fallston and Joppatowne continued their title quests Friday night.
Despite the early exits, there were some early round highlights:
* On The Road Again. The home-court advantage means a lot more in Class 2A regionals, because going on the road can mean a two-hour busride to the lower Eastern Shore. Edgewood and
North Harford spentmore time on the bus to Wicomico County and back than they did on the court for their Class 2A regional games.
In the opening round, Edgewood traveled to Parkside, where the Rams lost, 43-39, despite 19 points from Monica Santana. In the semifinals, the Hawks went to Wicomico High, where they lost, 62-37.
"I don't like to make excuses for them," said Edgewood coach Eddie Santana. "But that is a long bus ride, and these young ladies were tired."
* Tool Time. "Chainsaw" hardly seems an appropriate nickname for C. Milton Wright guard Amanda McCulloch. But her friends call her that because her last name is also a chainsaw brand.
But McCulloch might need a new nickname after drilling five baseline jumpers in the second half of Wednesday's 58-42 victory over Lansdowne. Her 15 points in the Class 3A regionals led the Mustangs to their first win over the Vikings in four years.
* Glazed Over. Lauren Glaze poured in 20 points to lead Joppatowne to a 63-26 romp over Rising Sun in Monday's Class 1A quarterfinal game. The 5-foot-3 sophomore guard also had five steals and three assists. The third-seeded Mariners followed that win with a 46-45 win at Kent County High in Wednesday's semifinal.
* Tall Order. Havre de Grace is the only girls basketball team from Harford County ever to reach the state title game. But that was in 1988. This year's regional title bid was cut short by top seed Fallston in the Class 1A semifinals, 46-30.
In the semifinals, 6-0 center Nitrease Hamilton led the fifth-seeded Warriors over Perryville, 39-33. Hamilton scored 19 points and had 15 rebounds.
* Triple Threat. Bel Air barely got into the Class 3A regionals, and then the Bobcats had to play C. Milton Wright, a team they had already lost to twice. The Bobcats stayed close early in Monday's quarterfinal, but the Mustangs pulled away to a 62-49 victory.