Category: Franklin Girls Basketball

No. 2 Roland Park stops Frederick at Public vs. Private Challenge, top-ranked St. Frances next up; Poly fades (VIDEO HERE!)


New Hope Academy's Dainajoy McFarlane captures a rebound with Poly's Karis Ferguson defending behind her during Saturday afternoon's girls basketball match. The Prince George's County school pulled away over the final 11 minutes for a 57-41 victory over the No. 4 Engineers at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School.

by Derek Toney

Roland Park Country School basketball coach Dani Steinbach said the biggest difference in this season’s squad is its ability to handle adversity.

The second-ranked Reds pulled away from defending Class 3A state champ Frederick for an 80-61 victory at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School Saturday.

No. 8 Mount de Sales Academy, 10th-ranked South River and No. 17 City College each picked up wins while No. 4 Poly and 19th-ranked Long Reach lost. Catonsville, Glenelg Country School and Mercy were also victorious at the area’s premier girls’ basketball event which was shortened due to weather.

Tournament director Al Schell said the remaining games, originally scheduled for the late afternoon and evening Saturday, will be played at Pikesville and Institute of Notre Dame over the next two weekends.

St. Maria Goretti and Urbana traveled from western Maryland to Owings Mills, and both were victorious. Urbana defeated Gerstell Academy, 41-37, while Goretti routed Edmondson, 62-16.

Goretti held the Red Storm (6-4) without a field goal in the opening half as Peyton Kirchner finished with 19 points. Chassity Banks led Edmondson with 12 points.

Kendal Haggerty’s game-high 20 points helped Urbana hold off Gerstell. Freshman Che Penn led Gerstell with 12 points.

Mercy got a game-high 19 points from Chanell Henson and 12 from freshman Taylor Gilmore in a 52-27 victory over Eastern Tech.  Sophomore guard Sydney Edmond led Eastern Tech (0-6) with 17 points.

Long Reach's Lyric Swann (right) tries to get past IND's Shanyah Russell. Swann had a game-high 28 points for the No. 19 Lightning, but IND got a score in the closing seconds for a 57-55 victory.

Freshman guard Storm Ugbong finished with 20 points, leading Milford Mill Academy (7-3) to a 57-34 victory over Bryn Mawr School. Junior guard Alison Harbaugh and freshman Brooke Vinson each scored 10 points for Bryn Mawr (5-7).

Catonsville built a 25-10 halftime advantage en route to a 49-29 victory over Notre Dame Prep. Senior guard Gabby Douglas had 13 points for Catonsville (6-3), and Princess Lawson added 10.

The defending Baltimore County champ Comets had all five starters score in a 15-6 first quarter. Alex Fava finished with 11 points for Notre Dame Prep (5-8).

After blowing a double-digit margin in a loss to Mount de Sales Friday, Glenelg Country School found itself in an early hole against Franklin Saturday. The Dragons rebounded to capture a 43-38 victory over the Indians.

Sophomore guard Ashlyn Bender finished with 16 points for Glenelg Country (9-6), which went on a 15-4 third quarter run to grab its first lead after trailing by 11 in the first half.

Friday, the Dragons led Mount de Sales by 14 points in the opening quarter before falling, 49-36, in an IAAM B Conference match in Ellicott City.

Dominique Doss led Franklin (7-5) with a game-high 20 points. Doss, who will play for Canisius next season, went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

South River hit the 10-win mark as Julia Fitzwater scored 19 in a 59-19 rout of Maryvale Prep. The Seahawks (10-1) led 20-4 after one period and 38-9 at halftime.

The Anne Arundel County school joins No. 9 Oakland Mills and No. 15 Old Mill as public squads with 10 wins. Molly McAller had six points for Maryvale (9-5).

Catonsville's Larrie Sydnor (front) and Kaiya Watkins-Brent (1) try to get a rebound ahead of Notre Dame Prep's Liza Regan. The Comets defeated the Blazers, 49-29.

Senior guard Mya Henson scored 15 points and Raquel Nicholson added 14 as City College defeated St. Timothy's School, 58-34.

Mount de Sales ended Aberdeen’s perfect start with a 49-44 victory. Abby Kuhn scored 17 points and Baranski added 15.

The Sailors (15-3) used an early fourth quarter spurt and clutch free shooting late to hold off the upstart Eagles (9-1). Mount de Sales shot 10 of 12 from the charity stripe in the final period.

Senior guard Jaelyn DeVeaux led Aberdeen with a game-high 18 points. The Eagles went on a 14-4 second quarter run to claim a 20-18 halftime lead.

After winning the IAAM B title last winter, IND is experiencing growing pains in the A Conference. The Penguins capped arguably their best week of the season with a 57-55 victory over last season’s Class 3A state finalist Long Reach.

Ajae Petty’s putback with four seconds left in regulation was the difference for IND (3-7), which got a monster performance from Eniya Russell. Russell, a junior, scored 18 of her 24 points in the final quarter.

The east Baltimore private school, which trailed 10-1 early, didn’t get its first lead until late in regulation.

“The girls were down on theirselves to start the game, but as the game wore on, they realized they needed to play to win,” said Penguins coach Rob DuBose. “I appreciated their effort in the third quarter because they showed resiliency.”

Roland Park's Mir McLean goes up for two of her 25 points against Frederick. The Reds improved to 15-1 with an 80-61 victory over the two-time reigning Class 3A state champion Cadets.

Battered by Long Reach’s 3-point shooting, IND got its first lead at 52-51 on Petty’s offensive board and basket with 1 minute, 46 seconds left in regulation. Russell finished off a slashed to the basket for a 55-52 advantage with 1:08 to play.

The Penguins got the ball back on steal with 54.1 seconds, but gave it back after a five-second call. Lyric Swann picked up a loose ball near the corner and dropped a 3-pointer, pulling Long Reach even with 13.3 seconds remaining.

Russell missed a runner, and Petty captured the ball and put it in the basket. Lyric Swann’s desperation fell short, ending the best contest of the day.

Lyric Swann, who will play for UMBC next season, finished with 28 points including six 3-pointers for Long Reach (5-4).  Jaelyn Swann had 14 points (four 3-pointers).

Petty finished with 10 points for IND, which knocked off No. 13 Archbishop Spalding earlier in the week for its first IAAM A victory.

“We told them the difference between the B and A is the speed and physicality and they’re [referees] not going to make a lot of calls. They’re going to let you play,” said DuBose. “I think they’re mentally strong, we got to get mentally stronger.”

After battling back to pull even with one of the nation’s best teams, Poly was in position for a signature win. But the Engineers fell apart, falling to Prince George’s County’s New Hope Academy, 57-41.

Sophomore guard Jada Walker led New Hope (21-3), ranked No. 14 nationally by USA Today, with 15 points and Delicia Pinnick added 14. Dasia Townes had 10 points for Poly (9-2).

Mir McLean (left) and Ja'Niah Henson combined for 51 points in Roland Park Country's victory over Frederick at the Public vs. Private Challenge. The second-ranked Reds next host No. 1 St. Frances Monday afternoon at home.

Trailing 18-7 after the opening period, the Engineers tied the match at 29 in the third. Walker, a Top 25 performer in the Class of 2021, came up with a steal and basket, and Pinnick, who played at St. Frances Academy as a freshman and sophomore, hit a 3-pointer as New Hope led, 36-29.

The Hyattsville school dominated the remainder of the game. Agnes Paul, a Delaware recruit, finished with 10 points.

Poly coach Kendall Peace-Able believes it’s a matter of confidence.

“It’s not a lack of heart, it’s not a lack of tenacity, it’s that lack of forgiveness,” said Peace-Able, whose team other loss came against nationally-ranked St. John’s College (DC). “They can’t forgive themselves after making a mistake. They have to believe they’re as good as they are.”

In a tune-up for a colossal match Monday, Roland Park Country put away two-time reigning 3A state champ Frederick as Morgan State-bound guard Ja’Niah Henson posted 26 points and two steals and Mir McLean added a double-double of 25 points and 19 rebounds.

The Reds saw a 14-point advantage in the third quarter cut to four before regaining command for their 15th victory in 16 outings. The Baltimore City private school’s only loss is to nation’s No. 1 Bishop McNamara.

“We’re showing an incredible amount of resiliency,” said Steinbach, a former Roland Park star and longtime assistant who took over for Scott Buckley this season. “The beauty of our team is we have some really intelligent older players who understand the game.”

“We handle adversity well,” said Henson. “We’ve grown into it. It was the key in this win.”

The Reds opened up a 45-31 early in the third before Frederick climbed to within 48-44 with 1:52 left in the third quarter. Roland Park answered with a basket from Christyn Robinson and a 3-pointer and two free throws from Henson, to take an 11-point advantage into the fourth.

A dagger from Henson stretched the lead to 64-46 midway in the fourth. The Reds were able overcome Cadet guard and Arkansas recruit Makayla Daniels, who poured in a game-high 35 points.

“We all had to put our feet in the paint,” said McLean, a 5-foot-11 forward. “We had to play honest defense and work together.”

The Reds' next daunting challenge is top-ranked and three-time defending IAAM A champ St. Frances Academy, Monday afternoon inside Roland Park’s athletic center. The Panthers, ranked No. 19 in this week’s USA Today Super 25, have won 45 straight league matches (including playoffs).

Roland Park last defeated the Panthers in 2015.

“Obviously this is one that circled on your calendar, but we’ve tried real hard to take one game at a time and the girls have had the right mindset,” said Steinbach. “We need to be mentally prepared.”

“I think we’re going through adversity we have seen yet. I think it helps that we’re playing them at home,” said McLean. “Regardless this will be a statement game win or lose.”

Private vs. Public Challenge

at McDonogh School

Mercy 52, Eastern Tech 27

Eastern Tech - Brawn 4, Edmond 17, Caruso 3, Maddox 3. Totals 8 7-19 27.

Mercy - Johnson 4, Henson 19, Edwards 5, Humbler 8, Lesko 2, Gilmore 12, Robinson 2. Totals 23 5-15 52.

Eastern Tech 3 7 10 7 - 27

Mercy 12 12 13 15 - 52

No. 10 South River 59, Maryvale Prep 19

South River - Cortner 7, Breshaham 2, Brown 4, Sullivan 5, Green 8, Herndan 6, Fitzwater 19, Burrows 8. Totals 24 3-7 59.

Maryvale - McAller 6, Allan 3, Knott 2, Giles 2, Mayor 1, Neff 3, Commodori 2. Totals 7 2-6 19.

South River 20 18 11 10 - 59

Maryvale 4 5 6 4 - 19

No. 17 City College 58, St. Timothy’s School 34

City -  Henson 15, Nicholson 14, Davis 12, Brunson 4, Roman 9, Harrington 4.

St. Timothy’s - Martinez 6, Rider 9, Johnson 6, Istanbulluoglu 13. Totals 14 1-6 34.

City 18 11 14 15 - 58

St. Timothy’s 10 6 11 17 - 34

Institute of Notre Dame 57, No. 19 Long Reach 55

Long Reach - L. Swann 28, J. Swann 14, Thompson 8, Ford 5. Totals 20 5-13 55.

IND - Williams 3, Petty 10, Nimmo 2, N. Smith 8, Taylor 7, Russell 24, T. Smith 3. Totals 24 6-13 57.

Long Reach 17 11 13 14 - 55

IND 12 12 17 16 - 57

Milford Mill Academy 57, Bryn Mawr School 34

Milford Mill - Moye 6, Winder 6, Blake 7, Brooks 2, Hargrave 11, Jordan 5, Ugbong 20. Totals 24 4-9 57.

Bryn Mawr - Harbaugh 10, Oursler 7, Mills 1, Faraone 2, Vinson 10, McComas 2, West 2. Totals 13 4-10 34.

Milford Mill 12 12 13 20 - 57

Bryn Mawr 9 6 11 8 - 34

No. 8 Mount de Sales Academy 49, Aberdeen 44

Aberdeen - Cooper 8, J. DeVeaux 18, T. DeVeaux 2, Smith 3, Stancell 9, Baker 1, Norton 1, Jones 2. Totals 18 7-17 44.

Mount de Sales - Krug 5, Matsko 3, Skalstad 1, Devine 4, Kuhn 17, Zaranski 15, Walker 2. Totals 15 13-15 49.

Aberdeen 8 12 10 14 - 44

Mount de Sales 14 4 14 17 - 49

New Hope Academy 57, No. 4 Poly 41

Poly - Wilson 4, Gross 7, Ferguson 4, Lilly 7, Fullwood 1, Robinson 2, Jones 6, Townes 10. Totals 16 7-19 41.

New Hope - Walker 15, Kornegay-Lucas 4, Thomas 2, Pinnick 14, Bristol 2, Washington 6, Paul 10, Ezeh 4. Totals 18 15-23 57.

Poly 7 15 7 12 - 41

New Hope 18 9 9 21 - 57

Urbana 41, Gerstell Academy 37

Urbana - Orens 4, Rupinta 2, Keller 3, Bravin 2, McCaskill 8, DeGrouchy 2, Haggerty 20. Totals 11 15-24 41.

Gerstell - Penn 12, Messinese 2, G. Manning 3, Redman 8, Polk 5, R. Manning 7. Totals 15 2-10 37.

Halftime: Urbana 24, Gerstell 21

Catonsville 49, Notre Dame Prep 29

Catonsville - Douglass 13, Lawson 10, Ferguson 8, McLean 5, Saunders 4, Wrisk 2, Sydnor 2, Dickey 2. Totals 23 2-7 49.

Notre Dame Prep - Fava 11, DeFries 6, Fischer 6, Melchionni 4, Davis 2. Totals 11 4-21 29.

Catonsville 15 10 13 11 - 49

Notre Dame Prep 6 4 11 8 - 29

No. 2 Roland Park Country School 80, Frederick 61

Frederick - Daniels 35, Dorsey 2, Bubaker 7, Lacet 2, Hall 3, Boyd 8, Montgomery 4. Totals 17 21-29 61.

Roland Park - McLean 26, Henson 25, Green 11, Ferariu 8, Robinson 8, Simmons 2. Totals 28 20-23 80.

Frederick 18 13 13 17 - 61

Roland Park 22 17 16 25 - 80

Glenelg Country School 43, Franklin 38

Franklin - Doss 20, Spruill 6, Ceroll 4, Booze 2, Smith 2, Hatcher 2, Montanye 2. Totals 17 2-10 38.

Glenelg Country - Bender 16, Haynes 9, Denny 9, Pell 4, Lisk 3, Bateman 2. Totals 17 3-5 43.

Franklin 12 13 7 6 - 38

Glenelg Country 4 14 15 10 - 43

St. Maria Goretti 62, Edmondson 16

Edmondson - Scott 4, Banks 12. Totals 7 1-2 16.

Goretti - Zynisch 4, Kirchner 19, Stubbs 14, Demory 2, Rife 10, Jean-Jacques 4, Hockaday 2, Mullineaux 2. Totals 25 9-14 62.

Edmondson 0 1 7 8 - 16

Goretti 21 15 12 14 - 62

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