Eighteenth-ranked Roland Park and unranked McDonogh shook up the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference with a couple of upsets last night.
The Reds defeated No. 9 Mercy, 61-52, while McDonogh knocked off No. 11 John Carroll, 53-44. In both cases, the home team won.
The Reds, coming off a 1-2 performance at the Shake and Bake Tournament in New Orleans last week, fell behind 9-0, but rallied to tie it at 13 on Lauren Dodrill's baseline jumper with two seconds left in the first quarter.
After Molly Frew opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, Alex Thomas and Dodrill pushed the lead to 20-13. The Magic, which struggled against the Reds' man-to-man defense, never managed to catch up.
Mercy pulled within 22-21 on Colette Hailey's hook shot late in the half, but the Reds ran their lead back to seven by midway through third quarter.
In addition to their solid man-to-man defense, the Reds shot well, especially their mid-range jump shots. Dodrill displayed a fine touch to finish with 16 points as well as 15 rebounds. Dani Kell added 14 points, Kelsey Twist had 13 and Jen Bengel had 11.
"We pretty much thought they would come out in a zone and we thought we would get the 15-footers, the shots that we got," said Reds coach Scott Buckley. "It was just a matter of making some and we shot the ball well from the perimeter."
With the victory, the Reds improved to 5-6 and 2-2 in the A Conference. Mercy, which got 21 points from B.J. Banjo and 12 from Hailey, dropped to 7-4 and 2-2 in the conference.
At McDonogh, the Eagles mounted a second-half comeback after John Carroll took a 6-0 lead and kept the same margin, 27-21. at the half.
Things changed when the Eagles pumped up their man-to-man defense. Mariah Daly played the key role, shutting down John Carroll's Elizabeth Oktavec, who had scored all 10 of her points by the early minutes of the third quarter.
By the end of the third quarter, the Eagles took a 39-34 lead that they never relinquished.
"They were getting a lot of easy shots in the first half and we made them work harder in the second half," said Eagles coach Katie Cooper. "They have a good offense. They run a lot off picks and get a lot of easy shots and we weren't letting them have those in the second half. "
In addition to her critical defensive performance, Daly contributed on offense, scoring 12 points to go with 14 rebounds.
Katie Nelson had 14 points and seven assists. Camrell Gholston added 10 points for the Eagles (8-2 overall, 4-2 conference).
Kristin Jasper led the Patriots (7-4, 4-2) with 14 points.
No. 3 Seton Keough 59, No. 14 Archbishop Spalding 37. All-Metro guard Keisha Blackwell had 13 points and seven assists in her first game since Dec. 17. The Gators also benefited from the Providence-bound senior's speed and ball-handling, which helped them break the Cavaliers' full-court press.
"I was nervous, but I just played my game," said Blackwell, who also chipped in four rebounds and three steals.
That press initially aided the Cavaliers, helping them take an 8-0 lead at the start of the game. But Seton Keough, which improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference, closed out the period with an 8-2 run to tie at 10.
After Spalding took a 17-15 lead courtesy of Angela Schaech's three-pointer with less than four minutes left in the half, the Gators enjoyed a 10-0 burst to enter halftime with a 25-17 lead. The Gators outscored Spalding 21-9 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Genevieve Olds led the Gators with 18 points. For the Cavaliers (7-8, 3-2), Kylie Bestul had eight points and eight rebounds.