Meade girls upset South River, 63-46, to take control in Anne Arundel race

Bailey has team-high 19 points for Seahawks, who are on track to face Glenelg in District V championship next week

  • Meade's Katara Pressley rises in the third quarter for a jump shot, which would fall for two of her 14 points.
Meade's Katara Pressley rises in the third quarter for… (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore…)
February 15, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Meade's Imani Bailey had to be carried from the court by four teammates after suffering leg cramps with 1:39 left in Tuesday night's marquee Anne Arundel matchup with No. 15 South River.

After a timeout, Bailey returned because she did not want to miss the opportunity to savor the 63-46 victory, avenging an early-season loss to the Seahawks. The Mustangs are now in the driver's seat to represent Anne Arundel in next week's District V championship against Howard County champion Glenelg.

"It's always like this for every big game. My legs just cramp up," Bailey said. "I can't give up on my teammates. We just have a lot of confidence."

Bailey finished with 19 points, Katara Pressley scored 14, Veronica Young had 12 and Chenelle Witty added 10 for Meade (17-4 overall, 14-1 league). Domonique Hagins led South River (15-6, 13-2) with 14 points, and Kailee Knight and Tiffany McKinney each had 10.

The Seahawks trailed, 32-15, at the half, but Hagins got them back in the game with five consecutive points to cut the lead to 10 with six minutes left in the third quarter.

A layup by Aleeyah Hopkins three minutes later cut the lead to seven. But that was as close as the Seahawks would get as Meade methodically pulled away in the fourth quarter.

"That's what we want to do every game — get out to a good start and maintain it throughout the game," Meade coach Jonathan Mason said. "We told them at halftime, they're not going to quit. They're a great team and well-coached."

Meade led, 13-5, at the end of the first quarter, with Pressley and Young accounting for all the points. The Mustangs continued to pull away in the second quarter as Bailey continued to break down South River's press.

South River made just four field goals in the first half.

"We laid a egg at the beginning of the game," South River coach Michael Zivic said. "I didn't make adjustments. It's my fault. We have to do better than that."

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