Baltimore City got the better of Baltimore County yesterday in girls action at the 12th annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State's Hill Field House thanks in large part to more athleticism and more height.
Seventh-ranked City broke away from Catonsville in the third quarter to take a 61-51 victory, and No. 3 Western used a big second quarter to cruise past No. 8 Dulaney, 37-17.
Catonsville's strong defense and patient offense kept pace with the taller, quicker Knights through the first 20 minutes, but back-to-back three-pointers from LaShay Taft and Breaira Barksdale sparked a 17-point City run. Victoria Mitchell's follow shot gave the Knights (10-0) a 48-32 lead with 1:37 to go in the quarter.
"We picked up our game a little bit, played better defense and started hitting our threes," City coach George Petrides said. "Once we started pulling ahead, the momentum went our way."
Taft finished with 17 points and Carrissa Williams with 14 while Shamika Williams led the Comets with 15 points, and Jessica Nonn had 13.
The Comets (8-2), who could not match City's depth, overcame their fatigue to rally with a seven-point fourth-quarter run that pulled them to 50-44, but they could get no closer. Coach Mike Mohler opted not foul the Knights, he said, because they were too good from the free-throw line and he thought the Comets had a better chance to force a turnover. But the Knights gave up the ball only twice in the final 5:30.
Despite the loss, Shamika Williams said the Comets enjoyed the competition.
"This was a good game," she said. "We were the underdogs from the beginning, and I thought we did a good job. Everybody said we were short and they were faster than us, but we kept up with them almost to the end."
In the Western game, the Doves (9-2) broke away with a 22-point second quarter and led 24-5 at halftime. Keirah Hicks led them with 12 points while Achiri Ade had eight along with 15 rebounds.
The Lions (7-1) were overmatched and turned the ball over 37 times. Danielle Parker led them with eight points and 10 rebounds.