On its way to the Baltimore City girls’ Division II championship, Mervo High posted a landmark win over Western.
The Doves didn’t forget. Western ended the Mustangs’ campaign with a 49-35 victory in a Class 4A North Region quarterfinal match on Hillen Road Monday afternoon.
Maiya Gibson led all scorers with 20 points for Western (15-8 overall), the No. 8 seed, and Jaz Spruill finished with 15. Crystal Crawford had 12 points for Mervo (19-3).
The Doves led wire-to-wire against the top-seeded Mustangs, who posted a 37-31 decision over the perennial Falls Road stronghold in late January. Western second-year coach Daphne Lee-Blakney said his was highly engaged for the rematch.
“We paid attention to detail and controlled the tempo,” said Lee-Blakney, a former star at Walbrook and the University of Maryland. “We didn’t do anything until the fourth quarter in the first game.”
The Doves jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter lead as Spruill scored nine. The second quarter belonged to Gibson.
The junior scored 12 points in the quarter, including back-to-back three-pointers giving Western a 26-13 lead. The Doves led 28-13 at halftime after a basket by junior Maya Lee.
Western will take on defending region champ and No. 6 Poly in a region semifinal match Wednesday. The Engineers took a 43-37 decision during the city league’s Division I season.