Severna Park senior Natalie Hicks scored a career-high 30 points yesterday to lead the No. 8 Falcons to a comfortable 54-25 win over Broadneck in a Class 4A East region quarterfinal.
The Falcons (18-5) will travel to C. Milton Wright tomorrow for the right to play in Friday's region final.
Hicks, who surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in the county championship game last Wednesday, was 3-for-3 from three-point range and added eight steals and six rebounds in last night's win.
"It's no secret Natalie's our go-to player and when she's on, she could be the best player in the county. They had nobody to guard her -- she was deadly," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin.
The Bruins were able to keep it close for a quarter, trailing 12-11 after one before the Falcons scored 16 unanswered points in the second frame to take a 28-11 halftime lead.
Senior forward Kim Lawton added 13 points for the Falcons, who beat Broadneck for the third time this season.
Now, the Falcons will turn their attention to C. M. Wright, a 66-62 winner over Meade last night, with a fourth meeting against Arundel distinct possibility in Friday's region championship game.
"We have to focus on C.M. Wright and hopefully get another shot at Arundel," said Giblin. "I got a chance to see C. M. Wright in a game about a month ago. They are short and quick and like to run."
Class 4A East
No. 6 Arundel 70, Old Mill 43: Naymah Fauntleroy had 25 points and 20 reboundss, and Jill Morano had 16 points, five assists and four steals for the Wildcats, who improved to 21-2 with their quarterfinal rout.
Talaya Hayes had 12 points for the losing team, which was done in by an early, 25-4, run by the Wildcats despite holding a 15-10 second quarter scoring advantage.
No. 17 Glen Burnie 53, Chesapeake 43: Essence Greer's 19 points led the Gophers (19-4), who broke a 23-23 halftime tie. Greer also had 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists, and teammate Alicia Carr grabbed 11 rebounds.
Courtney Gogoliski scored 16 points for Chesapeake.
C. Milton Wright 66, Meade 62: Point guard Page Heath led C. Milton Wright (19-1) with 23 points, six assists and four steals. Andrea Stephenson contributed 21 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and three assists.
Nicole Dailey scored a game-high 27 points for Meade.
Class 3A East
Bladensburg 56, South River 44: Lindsey Roche and Jessica Olsen scored 11 points each for the Seahawks in a losing effort.
Class 4A North
No. 9 Western 58, Parkville 38: Teammates Joycia Gorham and Tyecia Powell combined for more than half of the Doves' points (15 each) as Western (17-6) broke the game open in the second half after leading, 28-20, at the half.
Lake Clifton 49, Northern 45: Tyeisha Smith scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had seven steals and handed off five assists as the Lakers (14-6) overcame a late fourth period deficit.
Mervo 79, Perry Hall 63: Tobie Ashley had a monster game, scoring 22 points, handing out 12 assists, grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots, and teammate Shapre Proctor scored 19 as the Mustangs (14-5) advanced.
Northern's Jazma Brown scored 16 points.
Northwestern 71, Dulaney 70, OT: Jessica Boardley converted the game-winning free throw for the Wildcats.
A basket by Danielle Thompson had tied the game at 70 and was followed by a steal by Boardley.
Dwan Toomer scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Class 3A West
No. 19 North Carroll 69, Richard Montgomery 47: The No. 19 Panthers opened their first regional playoff game by scoring 23 points in the first quarter.
North Carroll, awarded a first-round bye because of its No. 3 seeding, shot better than 50 percent from the floor (30-for-55) and four of five starters reached double digits in points.
Paint Branch 74, South Carroll 46: The eighth-seeded Cavaliers were overpowered by No. 1 seed and host Paint Branch.
Senior forward Danielle Caballero led South Carroll with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Cavaliers (6-19) alive.
Class 2A North
No. 2 Dunbar 85, Poly 30: Toni Kennedy scored enough points on her own (31) to beat the opposition -- 16 of them coming in a third period that turned a 25-19 halftime lead into a blowout for the Lady Poets (21-1).