No. 7 New Town girls cruise past Southside

Titans' frontcourt proves too much for Jaguars to handle in 56-39 win at Basketball Academy

Winter sports

January 13, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

New Town's trio of nearly 6-footers Brittany Spencer, Lindsey Wallace and India Roseborough gave Southside's girls basketball team more than it could handle yesterday at the 11th annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State's Hill Field House.

In a clash of teams that have split meetings at the state tournament the past two seasons, No. 7 New Town got 37 points and 27 rebounds from its inside players in a 56-39 victory over No. 13 Southside.

The Titans (10-0) fell to the Jaguars (6-4) in last year's Class 1A state semifinals, and that gave them plenty of incentive.

"We just decided we wanted to come out and play them hard," said Spencer, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. "We just had to set our feet and be ready to go up. We had the moves."

Wallace added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Roseborough had six points and nine rebounds. Point guard Tyra Breaux had a stellar defensive game as well as seven points and eight assists.

The Titans made their break early in the second half with a 9-2 run that boosted their lead to 32-19. The Jaguars would get no closer than nine.

Keirah Hicks led the Jaguars with 18 points. The Titans held All-Metro forward Sheree Ledbetter, who had been averaging about 30 points, to 14.

Katherine Dunn

Boys basketball

C. Milton Wright 71, Joppatowne 60 -- Jeremy Rice, Adam Earle and Jesse Volk combined for 42 points to lead a balanced attack that helped the Mustangs roll to a victory over the visiting Mariners in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game. All three helped C. Milton Wright (7-3, 4-0) to its fifth straight victory. The Mustangs took command early by forcing six first-period turnovers and jumping to a 22-3 lead six minutes in. The Mariners (9-2, 1-2) never again got closer than seven. "We came out hot," said C. Milton Wright coach Chad Richie. "We did a great job offensively, and on defense we forced them into turnovers." Rice (15 points), Earle (14) and Volk (13) kept making big shots throughout. All three hit clutch shots in the second half, when the Mariners made their best run. Morien Perry led Joppatowne with 21 points, and the Mustangs slowed Harford County-leading scorer Jeff Pettiway. He finished with 16, but didn't make a basket for the first 12 minutes as the Mariners fell behind.

Jeff Seidel

No. 4 Mount St. Joseph 55, No. 11 Loyola 45 -- The host Dons (11-4) pulled within two points in the fourth quarter, but the Gaels (11-3) made 11 of 14 free throws to seal the win. Justin McCoy led Mount St. Joseph with 11 points. Loyola's Sal Schittino led all scorers with 17 points, including 10 points in the third period. The Gaels led 33-18 at the half.

No. 6 Broadneck 80, Southern 66 -- J.J. Hicks scored 25 points to power the host Bruins (13-0) past the Bulldogs (1-12). Broadneck led 28-17 after the first quarter and never trailed.

St. Vincent Pallotti 50, No. 12 John Carroll 48 -- Leon Porter (seven points) went 4-for-4 from the line in the final 30 seconds as the Panthers (14-5) upset the visiting Patriots. Enis Whatley finished with 17 points for Pallotti, and Isaiah Philmore had 15 for John Carroll (17-4).

No. 13 McDonogh 68, Calvert Hall 51 -- Joe Yermal (26 points, nine rebounds) and Gerald Shepard (21 points, eight rebounds) helped the host Eagles improve to 13-5. Braxton Dupree had a team-high 15 points for the Cardinals.

Bel Air 67, Edgewood 61 -- Lionel Perkins (22 points) made six of his seven three-pointers in the second half as the host Bobcats (7-6) came back to defeat the Rams. Bel Air had 10 three-pointers. Ed Jones had 23 points for Edgewood, who led 28-24 at the half.

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