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Poly 41, Patterson Mill 34, OT
The first game on the menu featured 2A state champs Patterson Mill taking on Baltimore's Poly Tech. Both teams started out slowly with Poly leading after one quarter, 8 to 7. Poly went cold in the second, scoring only 4 points on two buckets by Aneah Young. This allowed Patterson Mill to take a 14 to 12 lead at halftime behind 9 points by Qalea Ismail. Ismail had a strong third quarter and Patterson Mill lead after three 23 to 19. They extended that lead to 30 to 23 deep into the fourth quarter. It looked like Patterson Mill would pull off a mild upset of the cold shooting Engineers until Ismail fouled out. Patterson Mill was just not able to score enough without their top player on the bebch. Poly eventually walked them down and forced overtime at 30 apiece. Maya Horne and freshman Tylea Galloway sparked the team in the extra session and the Engineers pulled it out 41 to 34. Young finished with 18 and Ismail had 19 for Patterson Mill. They were both recognized as player of the game.
St. Frances 72, Life Center 60.
This was an entertaining scrap between two talented teams. Life Center is out of New Jersey and they feature senior guard Aliyah Juene who has committed to Rutgers. The six footer launched threes from all over the court on her way to 33 points, but it was not enough. St. Frances used an all around attack to counter them. Ty Smith had an off first half,but scored all of her 18 points in the second half. Tyana Custis was a problem the entire game as she scored 25 points. Most of her damage was done in the lane, but she showed off a nice mid range jumper as well. The game was tied at halftime at 29, but St. Frances got some strong minutes from their bench to forge ahead. Mikiara Carroll and Nia Clouden were the leaders off the bench.
Milford Mill 69, Maths 51
The last matchup of the night saw the state champion Milford Mill Millers take on Baltimore City's top charter school Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences(Maths). Milford jumped out to an early 20-8 lead after one quarter behind some strong inside play by junior forward Kierra Jackson. Maths was able to cut the lead to 3 late in the second quarter thanks to some instant offense by Adrienne Jones. The Millers went into the half leading 35 to 27. Courtney Davis helped Maths stay within striking distance in the 3rd, but Milford's Georgetown recruit Dionna White was not having it. She scored and defended and came away with some easy transition baskets. The fourth quarter was more of the same.Taylor Bolden made some timely 3 pointers, and Deja Mckenzie came off the Milford bench and made a couple of highlight reel moves to help her team stave off every Maths run. The Millers pulled away for an easy 68 to 51 win in an entertaining game. Dionna White scored 22 points and Kierra Jackson added 16 for the winners. Adrienne Jones scored 20 and Courtney Davis added 14 and 12 rebounds for Maths.
Players of the Game, Adrienne Jones and Dionna White.
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