With a balanced offense and a strong second-half rebounding performance, the River Hill boys team came away with a 48-42 win over visiting Atholton in Howard County play last night.
Guard Tyler Davila scored a team-high 12 points - hitting four straight free throws in the final 26 seconds - as the Hawks (11-4) remained in second place in the county with an 8-3 league mark. The Raiders, who got a 23-point effort from junior forward Torey Fassett, fell to 8-5 overall and 7-4 in league play.
After Atholton senior guard Bachar Satchell gave the Raiders a 30-23 lead midway through the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 14-2 run to close the quarter with a 37-32 lead.
The Hawks were just as efficient in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Davila hit a three-pointer with 1:37 to play to give the Hawks a 42-37 lead that stood with his work at the free-throw line later.
"This game meant a lot because it was for second place and it's a big rivalry," Davila said. "At halftime, we talked about stepping it up on the boards. It came down to wanting it more - that's what defense and rebounding is all about."
No. 3 St. Frances 46, No. 5 Towson Catholic 44 -- Desmond Thomas (four points) scored on a layup with two seconds remaining to help the host Panthers (16-5) escape with the win over the Owls (17-6). St. Frances overcame a 28-20 halftime deficit. DiShawn Bradshaw had 13 points for the Panthers and Dante Green had a game-high 23 points for Towson Catholic.
No. 6 Randallstown 67, Western Tech 45 -- Johnny Higgins scored 34 points to power the visiting Rams (13-0) past the Wolverines (4-8). Randallstown led 11-4 after the first quarter and never trailed. The Rams outscored Western Tech 22-10 in the second period.
No. 7 Douglass 89, Forest Park 58 -- Antoine Smithson led the Ducks with 23 points and 10 assists as they defeated the Foresters. Tyrone Fleming added 22 for the Ducks.
Spalding 57, No. 10 McDonogh 51 -- Derek Young hit two free throws in overtime to seal the victory for the visiting Cavaliers (12-10). Young (20 points) also hit a three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to force the extra period. Danny Quinn had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Spalding, and DaJuan Summers paced the Eagles (12-7) with 19 points. McDonogh led 25-20 at the half.
Northwestern 44, No. 11 Lake Clifton 43 -- Timothy Cheeks hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to give the visiting Wildcats the win. Jeremy Brightful entered the game in the fourth quarter to spark the defense with five blocks and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (10-3). Terrence Jones scored a game-high 13 points for the Lakers (8-3) and Jeremy Robinson had 12 assists for the Northwestern.
Loyola 53, No. 13 Calvert Hall 46 -- Brett Keller scored his 1,000th point en route to a game-high 18 points to lead the Dons past the Cardinals.
No. 6 Seton Keough 52, Archbishop Spalding 25 -- Haliena Snowden scored her 1,000th career point in the first quarter and finished with 12 points for the host Gators (15-2).
No. 6 Arundel 65, Southern 53 -- Simone Egwu had 18 points as the host Wildcats (11-3) denied Bulldogs coach Linda Kilpatrick her 400th career win as her team fell to 9-6.
No. 8 River Hill 62, Atholton 57 -- The Hawks (13-0) - led by Keisha Eaddy and Cari Hass with 18 points each - trailed most of the game until taking the lead with three minutes to go. Eaddy scored eight of her 18 points in the final quarter. The Raiders (7-3) led 37-29 at the half.