Western rolls past Mervo, into semis

Doves capture 4A North with a 60-41 romp

Girls regional finals

High Schools

March 04, 2000|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No. 9 Western once again won the 4A North region girls basketball championship, pulling away from Mervo for a 60-41 decision last night at Poly.

Senior Joy Gorham led all scorers with 21 points for Western (18-6) and Stephanie Tolbert contributed 14. Junior Tobie Ashley led Mervo (15-6) with 17 points.

The Doves have won 13 of their last 14 games after a 5-5 start, and will be in the state tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Class 2A South

Gwynn Park 52, No. 7 Mount Hebron 45: The visiting Vikings trailed most of the way, but rallied to within three points with two minutes left. The top-seeded Yellow Jackets dominated the offensive boards to pull away.

After the second-seeded Vikings (21-4) took a 32-31 lead near the end of the third quarter, Gwynn Park (23-2) went up by 12 midway through the fourth quarter. Mount Hebron made its final run with the help of Tiffaney Randle's three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Lauren Kickham to close within three.

Randle led Mount Hebron with 15 points. Erin Jaschik had 14.

Gwynn Park advanced to Friday's state semifinals against second-ranked Dunbar, a 54-40 winner over Catonsville in the Class 2A North regional title game.

Class 1A South

No. 18 Glenelg 52, Smithsburg 38: Freshman forward Ally Biggs had 19 points and six rebounds and senior forward Jennifer Kurdziel added 13 points, six rebounds and five steals as the visiting Gladiators earned a return trip to the state tournament where they hope to successfully defend their Class 1A title.

Glenelg (17-8) trailed, 12-11, at the end of the first quarter. But the Gladiators outscored Smithsburg, 19-6, in the second period and never looked back.

Private schools

Greater Grace (boys) 72, Harford Christian 66: Nathan Estabrook's 29 points and 10 rebounds and Justin Schaller's 26 points and five assists led the Crusaders (18-10) over the Eagles (13-11) in a Maryland Christian Schools Division II semifinal game. Greater Grace will face New Life in the final at 4: 30 p.m. today at Washington Bible.

New Life (girls) 45, Greater Grace 40: Sharon Hoffman's three-pointer with 1: 10 remaining gave New Life the lead for good as the Rams (13-8) defeated the Crusaders (12-8) in a Maryland Christian Schools Tournament Division II semifinal at Washington Bible. New Life will play Grace Academy in today's 12: 30 p.m. championship game.

Girls playoffs

(All games at UMBC)

State semifinals

March 9

Class 4A

Arundel vs. today's Churchill/Frederick winner, 3 p.m.

Western vs. today's Largo/Oxon Hill winner, 5 p.m.

Class 3A

DuVal vs. Paint Branch, 7 p.m.

Milford Mill vs. Thomas Stone, 9 p.m.

March 10

Class 2A

Parkside vs. Linganore, 3 p.m.

Gwynn Park vs. Dunbar, 5 p.m.

Class 1A

Today's Pocomoke/Snow Hill winner vs. Allegany, 7 p.m.

Glenelg vs. Perryville/Rising Sun, 9 p.m.

Finals

March 11

Class 2A, 1 p.m.

Class 4A, 3 p.m.

Class 1A, 6 p.m.

Class 3A, 8 p.m.

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