City girls hold off Digital Harbor for Baltimore City crown

No. 13 Knights strike from 3-point range often, beat No. 2 Rams, 54-51

February 24, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Why settle for two points when you can get three?

That strategy worked for City's girls basketball team Tuesday night as the No. 13 Knights scored half of their points on 3-point shots to build a big enough lead to hold off No. 2 Digital Harbor, 54-51, for the Baltimore City championship at Morgan State's Hill Field House.

City's LaShay Taft scored 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers in a game that featured only two runs - a short one for City early and a big one for the Rams late.

The Knights ran their lead to 13 points in the third quarter, mostly with long jump shots while the Rams, who got 20 points from All-Metro forward Asia Logan, were scoring 2-pointers.

Taft got long-distance help from teammates Delores Bell, who hit two, and Carissa Shropshire and Jumanah Giles with one each.

"We have a lot of shooting drills in practice, so everybody can score. It's not just me," said Taft, a senior guard headed for Syracuse.

The Knights (18-4) ended Western's three-year reign as city champs and won their third title since 2004.

The Rams (16-5) were after their first city crown and they almost pulled it off with a furious fourth-quarter rally fueled by Janay Brinkley, who spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble.

Brinkley, a senior guard, shut down Taft and scored eight points in a 12-3 Rams run that brought Digital Harbor within 46-43 with 4:15 left.

The Rams turned the ball over on their next two possessions and a pair of free throws by Taft boosted City's lead to 48-45. Brinkley then hit a 3 pointer to cut the lead to two with 2:26 left, but Taft answered with a 3-pointer and Treasure Jefferson sealed the win with two free throws.

C-Taft 27, Shropshire 5, Jefferson 3, Dillard 2, Giles 5, Dawson 3, Bell 9. Totals 16 13-18 54.

DH-Groom 3, Logan 20, Floyd 8, Brinkley 13, Harrison 7. Totals 18 13-26 51.

Half: C, 25-18.

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