Digital Harbor girls top City for 2A North title

March 06, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | SPECIAL TO the Baltimore Sun

Digital Harbor coach Patrick McDonald can be tough to please. But even McDonald couldn't stop smiling when talking about how his team played in the second quarter of Friday's Class 2A North regional final against City.

The Rams forced nine turnovers and held No. 9 City to just one basket in the period. No. 4 Digital Harbor scored 15 straight points during one stretch as part of a 22-3 edge in the quarter that gave the Rams a big lead en route to a 66-55 victory over the visiting Knights in a battle between defending state champions.

Digital Harbor (19-5) won the Class 1A state title last year and now advances to the Class 2A final four next week at UMBC. This is the Rams' third straight regional championship. City (20-5) took last season's Class 2A state crown and scored a 54-51 victory over the Rams recently in the Baltimore City championship game.

Asia Logan (20 points) and A'lexus Harrison (19 points) led the balanced Digital Harbor offense, but defense was the story of this game.

The Knights appeared ready to take control when they scored the final seven points of the first quarter for a 16-13 lead. But McDonald shook things up in the second quarter by using a variety of presses and traps that constantly disrupted the City offense - and the Rams constantly changed things, forcing the Knights into numerous turnovers that led to easy Digital Harbor points and a 35-19 halftime lead.

"You don't want them to get comfortable because then we get complacent," McDonald said. "They held the state champions to three points in the second quarter. That's pretty phenomenal."

Digital Harbor's 15-point run gave it a 31-17 lead. City missed 12 of 13 second-quarter shots; its only basket came on a layup from LaShay Taft (28 points) after a steal with just over a minute left.

"They had a good run in the second quarter," City coach George Petrides said. "Their defense was excellent."

The Knights tried to rally in the second half, cutting the lead to eight late in the third quarter, but the Rams answered with an 11-point run for a 55-36 lead early in the fourth period to seal their spot in the state final four.

"It's not over yet," Digital Harbor guard Janay Brinkley said. "We want that state championship."

C - Bell 2, Taft 28, Shropshire 6, Bates 1, Jefferson 2, Dillard 6, Dawson 10. Totals: 18 16-26 55.

D - Groom 11, Logan 20, Beckwith 2, Watson 2, Floyd 2, Brinkley 9, Harrison 19. Totals: 21 23-34 66. Half, DH, 35-19.

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