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Harford County went two for two Friday night as girls basketball teams from Joppatowne and Fallston each won region championships.

Fallston went on the road to win the Class 2A east title, while Joppatowne captured the 1A north title on its own gym floor.

The Cougars defeated North Caroline, 60-34, while the Mariners knocked off Carver A&T, 59-45.

For Fallston, Friday’s win was a second straight region title and the Cougars are two wins away from repeating as state champions. Last year’s state crown was won in the 3A classification.

For Joppatowne, Friday’s win snapped a two-year skid in the region title game. The Mariners lost to Surrattsville in consecutive region finals, in each of the past two seasons.

Both the Cougars and Mariners will play in state semifinal action Friday at UMBC. The Cougars (16-4) will battle Digital Harbor (19-5) at 5 p.m. and the Mariners (25-2) will face Mardela (26-2) at 9 p.m.

State title games are at 1 and 6 p.m. for the Cougars and Mariners, respectively.

In Joppatowne’s win the Mariners found themselves in a tight battle early, before pulling away for the win.

Joppatowne created four steals early, but scored no points. A couple more steals, however, did lead to points and with Zameria Jones’ lay-up, the Mariners led, 13-7.

Carver tied the game at 13-13 on consecutive three’s by Jennifer Elkin. Elkin’s baskets were part of a 9-0 run by the Lady Wildcats, who took a 16-13 lead into the second quarter.

The second started off with a scare for Joppatowne as Shakara Head caught a hand to the face just 30 seconds into the period.

Head, the Mariners’ force for the inside game, did not return in the half.

Both teams were up and down the court in the second quarter, a quarter that belonged to the Mariners’ Jones.

Jones scored 14 of her team’s 16 second quarter points, including two, three-point plays. The second came with just three seconds left in the half and gave the Mariners a 29-24 halftime lead.

Head returned to the floor for Joppatowne to begin the third period and her impact was immediate. Head scored six points from the paint and led the Mariners’ scoring in the quarter.

The Mariners outscored the Lady Wildcats, 9-5, early in the third period for a 38-29 lead. The lead ballooned to 47-29 before Carver scored its next basket.

The Mariners then cruised in the final quarter, allowing every player on the roster to see a little playing time.

“I feel really great, I really wanted to win,” said senior point guard Brittany Thornton. Thornton scored six points, made two steals and dished out seven assists.

Junior guard Jones lit up the nets for 28 points, while making five steals and grabbing five rebounds.

“I just had to come out and play confident,” Jones said. “I believe in my team.”

Head, despite missing the second quarter, finished with a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 boards. Head also had three steals.

Pez Scott added four points, Kourtney Lewis-Orr added three and Tejah Patton-Hill had two.

Jennifer Elkin scored 21 points to pace Carver, while Lauren Elkin added 11.

Cougars win big

In Fallston’s big win the Cougars fell behind 10-6 early, but outscored the Bulldogs, 28-4, the rest of the half.

The Cougars held a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter on a Jess Harlee buzzer-beater shot.

The momentum carried into the second half where the Cougars’ 20-4 scoring advantage led to a 34-14 halftime lead and the eventual 26-point win.

The Cougars used a press that the Bulldogs could not handle, leading to many easy baskets, according to Cougars head coach Michael McTeague.

Rachael Holehouse led three Cougars in double figures scoring with 17 points, while Harlee had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Lindsay Garnett added 11 points, while other Cougar scorers were Kelly Mattingly, five points; McKenzie Hannahs, four points; Alyssa March, three points; Jenny Jones, two points; and Caroline Shotto, two points.


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