After the first quarter of Tuesday’s Class 2A North Regional quarterfinals game against visiting Dundalk, City College’s girls basketball team knew that it would have its hands full with Owls forward Tracey Carrington.
The senior scoring machine netted all of her team’s point in the opening period as the Knights held a slim 9-8 advantage after one.
City used its depth to go ahead by as many as 19-points before holding off Carrington and Dundalk, 53-46, to advance to the semifinals round on Thursday to face either Digital Harbor or Eastern Tech.
Freshman point guard Dyzhaney Burton led the Knights () with 13 points and six assists. Fellow freshman Koraan Sydnor added 11 points and senior forward Dominique Dawson had nine.
Despite facing double-teams all night, Carrington still managed to finish with a game-high 36 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. Asia Brittingham had seven points and Breona Crudup-Moore had three for Dundalk (14-10).
The Knights used an 11-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Sydnor, to open the second quarter and take a 20-8 lead.
An 8-0 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter lifted City to its largest lead of the night, 35-16, with 4:31 remaining in the period. Entering the final eight minutes, the Knights had a comfortable 42-26 advantage.
But Carrington would not allow the Owls to end its season quietly. The Division-I prospect went on an 11-2 run by herself, that was capped by a sweet spin move in the paint, to bring Dundalk to within seven points, 44-37. She scored 17 total points in the final quarter.
Burton, an offensive threat as well, helped calm City. She scored five of the Knights’ next seven points to once again put their lead into double-figures.
Later, back-to-back layups by Carrington and an old-fashioned three-point play by Brittington brought the Owls to within 51-46 but City closed out the game to advance to the next round and end Dundalk’s season.
|City College 53, Dundalk 46|
Brittingham 7, Carrington 36, Crudup-Moore 3. Totals 13 16-18 46.
Burton 13, Dawson 9, Eldridge 6, Palmer 2, Bates 3, Sydnor 11, Bea 2, Lee 1, Gladden 6.Totals 18 12-20 53.