No. 1 Engineers advance to 3A state girls basketball Elite Eight; Townes scores 12 (VIDEO HERE!)


Hereford’s Kayla Nieberlein (33) is met at the basket by Poly’s Caris Ferguson (10) and Ajae Petty during Wednesday’s Class 3A North Region I girls basketball final. The No. 1 Engineers advanced to 3A state Elite Eight with a 62-12 decision over the Bulls in Baltimore City. (photo – Jimmy Fields)

The first eight minutes of Wednesday’s Class 3A North Region I girls basketball final between Hereford and Poly was close.

Then came the final 24 minutes. The top-ranked Engineers dominated the rest of the match en route to a 62-12 victory over Bulls inside Augie Waibel Gym in Baltimore City.

Virginia Commonwealth University-bound guard/forward Dasia Townes had 12 points for Poly (24-1 overall), and Da’Brya Clark finished with 11. Kayla Nieberlein led Hereford (18-5) with six points.

The three-time reigning Baltimore City champ Engineers ran off 29 unanswered points between the second and third quarters, putting up a running clock and claiming a third region title in five seasons. Poly will host a 3A state Elite Eight contest Friday on Cold Spring Lane.

The Engineers led 12-6 after the first period then outscored Hereford, 21-3, in the second for a 33-9 halftime lead. The lead hit 35 early in the second half and the remainder of the game was played with the running clock.

Poly, whose only loss came against nationally-ranked Riverdale Baptist School at the Stars and Stripes Salute mixer at New Town in early December, has won 22 straight decisions.

CLASS 3A NORTH REGION I FINAL

NO. 1 POLY 62, HEREFORD 12

Hereford – Elliott 3, Nieberlin 6, Daw 2, Orner 1. Totals 4 3-4 12.

Poly – Wilson 5, Gross 9, Clark 11, Ferguson 2, Petty 6, Robinson 8, Massenburg 4, Henson 3, Townes 12, Holiday 2. Totals 27 5-12 62

Hereford 6 3 2 1 – 12

Poly 12 21 18 11 – 62