Parham helps Poly pull away in 2nd half, beat Aberdeen, 69-52

March 04, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | Special To The Baltimore Sun

Despite playing tough defense and getting a number of good scoring chances and offensive rebounds, the Poly girls basketball team trailed host Aberdeen by seven points at halftime in a Class 3A North regional semifinal Wednesday.

The Engineers put it all together in the second half, however, as Aivah Parham scored 18 of her 21 points after halftime to lead Poly to a 69-52 victory.

Poly (16-3) advances to Friday's regional final at home against building-mate No. 10 Western. The Doves scored a 57-35 victory over Catonsville in the other North regional semifinal.

The Engineers, who didn't arrive at Aberdeen (18-4) until about 30 minutes before game time, got off to a sluggish start. Despite the fact that Poly got several shots in the lane and a number of offensive rebounds, the Engineers couldn't find consistency on offense, as Aberdeen took a 33-26 halftime advantage.

Poly bounced back and outscored Aberdeen 43-19 over the final two quarters. The Engineers forced 17 second-half turnovers and turned a lot of them into easy points. They also held the Eagles without a basket in the fourth quarter.

"We had everything going the way we wanted in the first half," Poly coach Kendall Peace-Able said. "We just didn't take care of" [business.

Parham scored 14 of Poly's 23 third-quarter points and got five of her 16 rebounds in that period to spark the Engineers.

The senior scored six in Poly's 9-2 run that gave the Engineers a 49-45 lead after three quarters. Poly then broke things open with 10 straight points to extend its lead to 62-47.

Also scoring scoring in double figures for the Engineers were T'Naya Kebe (15 points) and Cynthia Johnson (13 points), and teammate Briana Bonaparte played tough defense inside.

"I didn't want to lose," Parham said. "In the second half, we were a little more patient, moved the ball and worked [better] as a team."

Brionna Jones and Tiffany Taylor both scored 11 points for Aberdeen, which couldn't match Poly's defensive intensity in the second half.

"They wore us down," Aberdeen coach Stacy Liles said. "It was constant pressure, and it was my girls not being able to move the ball on offense in the second half."

P-Parham 21, Dean 2, Johnson 13, Scott 5, Kebe 15, Goodman 4, Bonaparte 9. Totals: 23 20-29 69.

A-Taylor 11, Alleyne 9, McCluskey 6, Stewart 7, Handen 6, B. Jones 11, E. Jones 2. Totals: 17 13-19 52.Half: A, 33-26.

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