Facing a double- and sometimes triple-team for most of the night against No. 12 City in Tuesday's Class 2A North quarterfinal, Dundalk seniorTracey Carrington still managed to slash to the basket, take outside jumpers and try to will her team to a victory.
Carrington finished with 36 points, but it was not enough, as host City managed to outmuscle the Owls on both ends of the court for a 53-46 victory. The Knights advance to the regional semifinal against the winner of Eastern Tech and Digital Harbor.
"Every game, I get a double-team or triple-team so I'm used to it. There's nothing I can't handle," said Carrington, who has narrowed her college choices to Morgan State and South Carolina State. "I just tried to get my team involved as much as possible. "
Dyzhaney Burton had 13 points and Koraan Sydnor added 11 for City (13-8). Dundalk finishes the season at 14-10.
City never trailed and used an 11-0 run to start the second quarter to increase its lead to 20-8. Freshman Sydnor, who was just called up from the junior varsity for the playoff run, made two 3-pointers and a free throw during that stretch.
"We stepped up in that second quarter," Sydnor said. "At first, I was nervous. But the coaches told me I have heart, so don't worry about it. I just played like I usually play."
The Knights led 42-26 at the end of the third quarter, but Carrington refused to quit and made her final quarter as a high school player a memorable one. She scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and pulled her team within nine with six minutes remaining. City, however, settled down and controlled the game the rest of the way to pull out the victory.
"They really did a good job on the boards ," City coach George Petrides said. "Our size didn't really seem to bother them. They did a nice job. Now, we're onto the next level and that's the most important thing."
Class 2A North quarterfinals
12 City 53, Dundalk 46
D – Carrington 36, Brittingham 7,Crudup-Moore 3
Totals 14 14-18.
C – Burton 13, Palmer 2,Sydnor 11, Eldridge 6, Lee 1, Gladden 6, Dawson 9, Bates 3, Bea 2.
Totals 18 11-17
Half: C: 25-14