No. 7 Eagles end 15-game losing skid with 65-59 victory; Oden scores 21

Jayla Oden helped McDonogh girls basketball end several seasons of frustration Wednesday. The junior guard had a game-high 21 points as the No. 7 Eagles defeated second-ranked St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore.

A season of ups-and-downs took a significant turn upward for McDonogh School girls basketball Wednesday evening.

The No. 7 Eagles defeated second-ranked St. Frances Academy, 65-59, in an IAAM A Conference contest at Phelps Gym in East Baltimore. Junior guard Jayla Oden scored a game-high 21 points for the Eagles (14-6 overall, 6-4 IAAM A), and Paris Locke added 15.

The Owings Mills school came up big from the foul line in the final quarter, ending a 15-game losing streak to the reigning league champ Panthers (18-3, 9-1 IAAM A). McDonogh’s last win was a 57-51 decision in the 2015 league semifinals.

The Eagles defeated Roland Park Country School in the final for their third title in four seasons. St. Frances has won every title since.

McDonogh converted 12 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter as Oden went six-for-seven. The Eagles, who got 10 points from sophomore forward Nekwu Mitchell, were 28-of-34 for the match.

McDonald’s All-American and University of Maryland recruit Angel Reese led St. Frances with 20 points, and Aniya Gourdine added 10. The Panthers, ranked No. 13 nationally by MaxPreps, have dropped two of its last three, after a 15-game winning streak.

St. Frances still have a firm grip on first as well as the top-seed for the upcoming postseason tournament. The Panthers host fifth-ranked St. John’s Catholic Prep Friday while McDonogh welcomes No. 6 Roland Park Country.

No. 7 McDonogh School 65, No. 2 St. Frances Academy 59

McDonogh – Oden 21, Locke 15, Mitchell 10, Quimby 9, Swam 6, Jenkins 2, Yarborough 2. Totals 17 28-34 65.

St. Frances – Reese 20, Gourdine 15, Humphrey 10, Turner 6, D. Dorsey 3, K. Dorsey 3, Reynolds 2. Totals 24 7-10 59.

McDonogh 20 9 21 15 – 65

St. Frances 15 9 19 16 – 59