Joppatowne girls beat Mardela in Class 1A semis

Mariners will face Smithsburg for championship

March 13, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Eight months ago, Shakara Head was a girl without a high school team. Now, she's a girl with a chance to win a state basketball championship.

Head, a 5-foot-10 sophomore transfer from Towson Catholic, stole the inside thunder from Mardela and scored 16 of her 26 points in the first half as she led the No. 13 Mariners to a 63-41 victory in a Class 1A state semifinal at UMBC's RAC Arena.

"I just knew that when my teammates' shots didn't fall, I was there to clean it up. I know they depend on me, so I was making sure I got good position," said Head, who had 12 rebounds.

The Mariners (25-2) will go after their first state title today at 6 p.m., when they meet Smithsburg, a 41-36 winner over Dunbar in Friday's other semifinal.

The Warriors suffered a huge blow when leading scorer Taylor Siggers left the game with 2:01 to go in the first quarter after tangling with an opponent as they ran down court. Siggers, a powerful 5-foot-9 forward, scored 8 of Mardela's first 12 points.

Siggers returned, but the Warriors' momentum never did. Then early in the second half, Siggers got sick on the sideline and was taken to the hospital. The Mariners led 45-24 before a 25-minute delay.

After that, the Warriors (26-3) played hard but were too far behind to make up much ground on the Mariners, who led by as many as 27 points.

Joppatowne also got a big game from Brittany Thornton (18 rebounds, six assists) as well as Zameria Jones (eight points, five assists) and Tejah Patton-Hill, who hit three 3-pointers.

M - Jones 3, Frazier 6, Sterling 10, Hobbs 12, Siggers 10. Totals 17 6-9 41.

J - Patton-Hill 15, Z.Jones 8, Head 26, Lewis-Orr 6, Thornton 4, Scott 4. Totals: 26 7-13 63. Half: J, 40-22.

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