Aberdeen rallies to roll past Meade, 65-45

Jones scores 28 in No. 8 Eagles' season-opening win over No. 10 Mustangs

  • From left, Aberdeen's Janaye Oliver and Donisha Porter battle with Meade's Jana Williams for a loose ball. The host and No. 8 Eagles defeated the No. 10 Mustangs, 65-45.
From left, Aberdeen's Janaye Oliver and Donisha Porter… (Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina…)
December 06, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The eighth-ranked Aberdeen girls basketball team returned four starters from last season and appeared to be in midseason form during Monday night's season opener against No. 10 Meade.

The host Eagles erased a six-point halftime deficit by dominating both sides of the court in a 65-45 victory. Center Bri Jones led the way with 28 points, Jimmia McCluskey added 17 and Ayana Stewart had 13 for Aberdeen, which is trying to build on last season's run to the Class 3A North regional semifinals.

"They know the system and know what I want," Aberdeen coach Stacy Liles said. "They played an up-pressure game and knew where they needed to be. Meade is a good team."

Imani Bailey led Meade with 18 points.

Meade's up-tempo style kept Arundel scrambling to set its defense in the early part of the game. The Mustangs' athletic guards were effective in slashing through the paint for layups or pushing the ball back outside for jumpers, and Meade led 27-21 at halftime. Aberdeen began to press and cut the margin to one at 34-33 on a layup by Jones with 3:50 left in the third quarter.

The Eagles continued to move up and down the court and took the lead, 35-34, on a shot by Stewart inside the paint with 1:45 left in third quarter. Aberdeen then pulled away with a 14-4 run, capped by another inside basket by Jones.

"We struggled, but eventually, we played as a team," McCluskey said. "We got our defense going with making steals. And we got our offense going with layups."

Jones scored 10 points and Aberdeen led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. Meade began to dictate the pace of the game and took a 21-19 lead when Bailey made a free throw after she was fouled on a layup.

"I just worked hard to keep up with my game," Jones said. "It was good."

M—Bailey 18, Young 6, McKeither 6, Presley 5, Williams 5, Moore 5. Totals: 15 14-26 45. A—Jones 28, McCluskey 17, Stewart 13, Alleyne 4, Hayden 3. Totals: 31 3-8 65. Half: M, 27-21.

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