Penguins get 27 points from Russell; Mount Carmel upsets No. 12 Old Mill (VIDEO HERE!)

IND’s Ajae Perry (left) tries to get around Pikesville’s Charia Roberts during the first half of Saturday’s girls basketball contest at the Public vs. Private Challenge. The Penguins defeated the sixth-ranked Panthers, 71-64, at Pikesville.

Eniya Russell scored a game-high 27 points and Grace Taylor added 20 points as Institute of Notre Dame defeated sixth-ranked Pikesville, 71-64, in the Public vs. Private girls basketball challenge at Pikesville Saturday.

In other action, Mount Carmel defeated No. 12 Old Mill, 61-55, St. James Academy defeated 16th-ranked Coppin Academy, and No. 18 Forest Park routed Garrison Forest, 81-27.

Saturday’s games were originally scheduled for Jan. 12 at McDonogh School, but was postponed because of snow.

IND (6-10 overall) raced out to a 22-8 first quarter lead Saturday.  Charita Roberts led Pikesville (10-3) with 21 points.

After a tough home loss Friday, Mount Carmel High rebounded Saturday. Ayana Brim scored 23 points for the Cougars (14-7), and Ariana Alleyne added 12.

Mount Carmel lost to No. 7 Mount de Sales Academy in a battle for first in the IAAM B Conference. Sydney Faulcon led Old Mill (13-3) with 17.

Three makeups are scheduled in the coming weeks. On Feb. 4 at Pikesville, No. 2 St. Frances plays No. 11 Western and Pikesville takes on National Christian Academy.

No. 13 Reservoir will host Southern Maryland’s St. Mary’s Ryken Feb. 19.