From Staff Reports
OAKLAND — Southern was down nine points at the end of the first quarter and trailed by as many as 12 during the first half, but the No. 1 seeded Rams used defense to rally past Fort Hill and advance with a 52-49 win in the second round of the Maryland 1A West Section playoffs.
The Rams struggled out of the gate and the Sentinels were there to take advantage of it. Behind the sharpshooting Sydney Winn, who made four three-pointers on a march to 20 points, the Sentinels took control early in the first quarter and were still in charge midway through the second.
At that point, Southern switched to a full-court press and was able to cut the lead down to five points by halftime at 24-19. The Rams put together a 14-4 third quarter to take a 33-28 lead into the fourth.
“It seemed to bother them enough when we jumped into our press that we were able to cut into their lead pretty quickly,” said Southern head coach Dan Bosley, “Even after we took the lead Fort Hill didn’t give up, though. They played hard and hustled after every ball. I give them a lot of credit. They were even playing without one of their best players (Alesha Jackson).”
Mandy Sweitzer scored 14 points and made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. Hannah Horne added 12 points and freshman Lauren Francillon had 11 points and five rebounds despite limited playing time.
Sarah Lowery scored 15 points for the Sentinels.
Southern (20-2) plays Mountain Ridge, a 53-45 winner over Allegany, on Wednesday. Fort Hill finishes 14-7.
Mountain Ridge 53
FROSTBURG — Sarah Raines scored 20 points and was perfect from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help Mountain Ridge defeat Alleganyin the Maryland Class 1A West Region semifinal Monday evening at Mountain Ridge High School.
Raines made six baskets and was 8 for 8 from the free-throw line. She also finished with seven rebounds, had three steals and three assists.
Shae Winner, the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, had a double-double adding 18 points and pulling down 10 boards. She increased her school-record scoring title to 1,159 points and now has 887 rebounds.
Mountain Ridge (19-3), the second seed, advances to the West Region final against top seed Southern Wednesday evening riding a 10-game win streak.
Allegany finishes its season 14-10.
“Shae had a big third quarter,” said Mountain Ridge head coach Valery Broadwater. “She scored 12 of her 18 in the third.”
Winner made five field goals, including the Miners’ lone three pointer, and was 7 of 11 from the line.
“Raines made all eight of her free throws in the fourth quarter to kind of seal it for us.”
Rachel Wormack led the Campers with 16 points and Courtney Landis added 10 including two threes.
Mountain Ridge never trailed at the breaks, leading 10-8 and 20-15 in the first half and maintained its five-point lead at 36-31 going into the fourth quarter.
As a team, Mountain Ridge made 16 of 21 free thows while Allegany was 7 of 13.
Winner became the Miners all-time leading scorer at Bishop Walsh Feb. 18. She surpassed Madi Nightengale’s 1,134 points and finished the 64-27 victory over the Spartans with 1,141 points.
Covenant Life 23
GAITHERSBURG — Karly Hipsley’s double-double of 19 rebounds and 14 points helped 10th-seeded Calvary pull the upset over Covenant Life Monday in the opening round of the Maryland Christian Schools State Tournament in Gaithersburg.
Savannah Reed missed a double-double of her own by scoring 16 points and grabbing eight boards to go with five steals, and Kerenne Shaffer finished with 11 points and eight boards.
Hipsley and the Eagles were in control from the tip. They built an 18-9 lead after one quarter and were ahead by 15 points (28-13) at halftime.
“Our offense was clicking in the first quarter and we played smothering defense all game,” Calvary’s head coach Rusty Kitzmiller said. “We got a really good team effort to pull the upset and will need the same type of game to win again Tuesday.”
The Eagles (17-8) travel down the road again today to play Chapelgate Christian in Marriottsville at 3:30 in the second round.