No. 4 Howard maintains top spot in HoCo girls hoops behind balance effort


Anii Harris (left) and Marisa Sanchez-Henry each had 17 points as fourth-ranked Howard defeated No. 14 Reservoir in Howard County girls basketball action in Ellicott City Wednesday evening. The Lions are 10-0.

Despite a ginormous performance from Reservoir High’s Tiffany Hooker, fourth-ranked Howard remained undefeated with a 68-63 victory over the No. xx Gators in a Howard County girls basketball contest in Ellicott City.

Wagner University recruit Marisa Sanchez-Henry and Anii Harris each scored 17 points for the Lions (10-0 overall, 5-0 overall). Gabby Scott and Camille Malagar each finished with 12.

Hooker, a senior guard, finished with 36 for Reservoir (6-2, 3-2 Howard). She scored 25 in the second half as the Fulton school stayed on the Lion heels most of the game.

In the end, Howard’s all-around balance proved too much. The Lions and No. 10 Old Mill are the area’s only undefeated girls programs.

Howard plays at Mount Hebron in league action Friday evening, then travels to McDonogh School for a matchup with Mount Carmel at the Public vs. Private Challenge Saturday. Reservoir is at No. 13 River Hill Friday before taking on Glenelg Country School at Public vs. Private Challenge Saturday.

No. 4 Howard 68, No. 14 Reservoir 63

Reservoir – Hooker 36, Abunassar 11, Pennington 6, Moultrie 4, Hardie 4, Davis 2.

Howard – Harris 17, Sanchez-Henry 17, Malagar 12, Scott 12, Durkee 8.

Reservoir 18 9 18 18 – 63

Howard 14 16 21 17 – 68