City girls advance to state semis

basketball

Taft helps Knights win, 68-54, over Randallstown

March 08, 2009|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

City played some of the toughest nonconference teams in the area during the final stretch of its regular season to become more prepared for the playoffs.

The fourth-ranked Knights took on second-ranked St. Frances, No. 9 Archbishop Spalding and nationally renowned Riverdale Baptist and came away with a better understanding of what it takes to be in the upper echelon of the state. City used many of those lessons yesterday in the Class 2A North regional final by controlling both ends of the court in a 68-54 victory over Randallstown.

The Knights, in search of their first state championship, will play the winner of yesterday's North Hagerstown-Middletown game in the state semifinals Friday at UMBC. LaShay Taft led the Knights with 15 points, and Akilah Sewell and Breaira Barksdale each had 14.

"Those games [at the end of the regular season] helped us," Taft said. "It helps us be ready for games like this. I had confidence they were not going to come back and beat us."

Kelsie Singleton was the spark for Randallstown (16-8), finishing with 24 points.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Taft helped fuel a 19-3 run by City (22-3) to end the first quarter. The Knights have four 6-foot players in their rotation, and Randallstown had trouble developing an inside game.

The Rams, however, managed a late-run and came within nine points on a jumper by T'Arra Cutting with 4:44 remaining. That was as close as the Rams would get as City outscored them 11-6 the rest of the way.

"We had to play the best to get ready for the states," City coach George Petrides said. "They have confidence."

NO. 5 ARUNDEL 65, OLD MILL 31:: Sheronne Vails had 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks, and the Wildcats defeated the visiting Patriots for the 4A East title. Ashley Davis added 15 points for Arundel. The Wildcats will meet the winner of last night's Eleanor Roosevelt-C.H. Flowers game in the state semifinals Thursday at UMBC.

NO. 7 DIGITAL HARBOR 63, DUNBAR 23:: Nikki Groom had 10 assists, eight rebounds and six steals and Asia Logan added 19 points and 17 rebounds as the host Rams defeated the Poets to capture the 1A North title for the second consecutive year. Digital Harbor will meet the winner of last night's Allegany-Poolesville game in the state semifinals Friday at UMBC.

NO. 11 FALLSTON 62, ABERDEEN 44:: Rachel Holehouse scored 18 points, and Jess Harlee had 16 points and 17 rebounds as the Cougars (26-0) defeated the Eagles for the third time this season to earn the 3A East title. The host Cougars led by 31 going into the final quarter. Tiffany Taylor led the Eagles (17-7) with 17 points. Fallston will meet Largo in the state semifinals Thursday at UMBC.

Boys

ATHOLTON 72, NO. 13 ABERDEEN 70:: Arthur Hairston and Matt Robinson each had 13 points as the host Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Eagles for the 3A East title. The score was tied at 52 after three quarters before Hairston took over, scoring seven points in the decisive fourth quarter. Devin Sadler had 27 points for Aberdeen. The Raiders will meet the winner of last night's Lackey-Friendly game in the state semifinals Thursday at UMBC.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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