Junior guard Madea Bailey scored 14 points and host City College made a key defensive change in the second quarter to beat Lansdowne, 54-38, yesterday for the Class 2A North regional girls title. The 18th-ranked Knights won their 21st straight and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in the program's history.
Trailing 18-17, City coach George Petrides switched from a zone to man-to-man defense. The top-seeded and city champion Knights then closed the half on a 7-3 run and outscored the second-seeded Vikings 17-6 in the third quarter.
Bailey, who was averaging less than eight points, scored six in the second quarter to help the Knights take a 24-21 lead into halftime and held the Vikings' Meredith Marino to four second-half points after Marino scored nine in the first.
Junior guard Amanda Burroughs added 12 points for City (22-2), including seven in the pivotal third quarter. Alanna Ingram, City's leading scorer at 11 points per game, finished with seven.
The Knights play Friday at 5 at UMBC against Walkersville.
"It's very exciting for the young women to reach that point," Petrides said. "To win the city championship was an accomplishment, but this continues it. I'm real pleased and excited for them."
Loch Raven 45, Elkton 34: The host Raiders advanced to the state semifinals for the second straight season with a solid defensive effort and 19 points from senior center Megan Battle.
The top-seeded Raiders played man-to-man defense and pressured the second-seeded Golden Elks from the start, using a full-court press to build a 6-0 lead.
Elkton settled down and pulled to within 12-11 by the end of the opening period and was down 25-19 at halftime. But Loch Raven took over in the third quarter, outscoring Elkton 14-7. Battle scored seven of her 19 in the period.
"I think our press aggravated them," said Loch Raven coach Kim Bauguess, whose team became the first girls basketball team in school history to reach the state semifinals two straight seasons. "I thought [we] came out with a lot of intensity. They really wanted this, to go back two years in a row."
Lauren Askey added nine points for Loch Raven. The Raiders play Friday at 9 p.m. at UMBC against either Poolesville or Southern of Garrett County.
Westlake 64, Severna Park 50: Junior guard Laura Moore had 21 points and Lauren Wyble added eight points, 14 rebounds and four steals for the visiting Falcons (15-10), but the top-seeded Wolverines took the title on the strength of a late third-quarter run. The second-seeded Falcons lost for the fourth time since January.