Frederick again thwarts No. 19 Manchester Valley in 3A Elite Eight; Harford Tech’s run ended by North Caroline
The road to the state final four ended prematurely for several area high school basketball teams Saturday.
After knocking off Anne Arundel County champ and 10th-ranked Old Mill in the Class 4A East Region girls’ semifinal for the second straight year, Severna Park wasen’t able to get past North Point. The southern Maryland squad ended the Falcons’ season with a 54-30 decision.
The Eagles went on a 17-0 run to start the second quarter, earning a seventh region crown in eight years. North Point will play Prince George’s County’s Eleanor Roosevelt in a 4A state semifinal Thursday afternoon at Towson University.
Severna Park (17-9 overall) was left in a 31-8 crater after North Point’s surge, and trailed 33-15 at halftime. The Falcons scored six straight to pull within 33-21 early in the third quarter, but got no closer. Lena McLaughlin led Severna Park with nine points.
Forest Park’s season fell short of a second trip to the state final four, losing, 62-48 to Prince George’s County’s Gwynn Park in the 2A South final. Jenae Dublin finished with 20 points for Gwynn Park (20-4), and Denai Bowman added 19.
The Brandywine school next will take on Montgomery County’s Poolesville in a 2A state semifinal Friday afternoon at Towson University. Freshman guard Neah Henry led Forest Park (15-5), the four-time reigning Baltimore City Division II champs, with 15 points and junior Nakiyah Johnson finished with 12.
Elkton’s bid for a first state final four since 2011 was derailed by Queen Anne’s, 63-51, in the 2A East Region final on the eastern Shore. Queen Anne’s secured its first region championship, and will play Oakland Mills in a 2A state semifinal Friday at Towson University’s SECU Arena.
Manchester Valley’s pursuit of a first state final four was derailed again by Makayla Daniels. Daniels, a junior committed to the University of Arkansas, scored 15 of her 27 points in a momentum-changing second quarter as Frederick defeated the No. 19 Mavericks, 58-41, in Carroll County.
The defending state champ Cadets will play 20th-ranked C. Milton Wright in a 3A state semifinal Thursday evening at Towson University’s SECU Arena. Frederick defeated Atholton in last year’s state final.
The Cadets (24-2) ended Manchester Valley’s season in the 3A West final for the second straight year. The Mavericks (22-4), got 21 points from Mackenzie Dewees.
Dewees, who will play for Quinnipiac University next season, finished with 21 points. She became the ninth area player to reach 2,000 career points.
For the second straight year, Centennial traveled to Worcester County to take on Stephen Decatur for the 3A East Region boys’ crown. The Eagles overcame an early 9-0 deficit to capture the lead in the third, but the host Seahawks took over and won, 60-51.
Kevon Voyles, who will play for UMES next season, scored a game-high 38 points for Stephen Decatur. The Berlin school will take on defending state champ and fifth-ranked Poly in a 3A state semifinal Thursday afternoon at the Xfinity Center.
Senior guard Sean Taylor finished with 16 points for Centennial (16-9).
Harford Tech’s reign as 2A East champion was abruptly ended by North Caroline, 82-51, in Caroline County. The Cobras, who lost to eventual state champ Patterson in their first state semifinal last season, never led against the Bulldogs.
North Caroline, which captured its first region crown since 1989, will play No. 13 River Hill in a 2A state semifinal contest Friday evening at the University of Maryland. Harford Tech finished 15-8 on the season.