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(Enlarge) Fallston's Rachael Holehouse battles an Elkton opponent for the loose ball in Tuesday evening's 2A East Region contest. The Cougars were eliminated in their bid for a third state title. (Matt Button | Aegis staff)

Fallston High School's two-time defending state champion girls basketball team won't be making a three-peat in 2011, while the other defending champ from Harford, Joppatowne, took a step Tuesday toward another title.

Aberdeen's girls team also kept its title hopes alive with a strong win Tuesday evening against North Harford, but Patterson Mill was eliminated from regional play.

Cougars are out

Fallston's run at a state title three-peat ended Tuesday night in a 55-46 loss to visiting Elkton in 2A East Region action.

The Cougars trailed 21-18 at the half and the Golden Elks pulled away on the strength of free throws. The Golden Elks made 18 of 29 foul shots and the Cougars were 11 for 21.

Despite her team's elimination, Rachael Holehouse had the big night for the Cougars with 29 points.

Eagles soar

Aberdeen defeated the North Harford Hawks for the third time this season Tuesday night, winning handily 91-56 in a Class 3A North Region quarterfinal.

The Eagles got started quickly, as the Hawks struggled with the Aberdeen pressing defense. The Eagles led 5-0 before the Hawks made an adjustment that led to two baskets, but the Eagles continued the pressure and led 17-7 midway through the first quarter.

The Eagles outscored the Hawks 10-3 down the stretch to lead 27-10 after one quarter.

The Eagles pushed the lead to 21 in the second quarter and settled for a 20-point cushion, 53-33, at the half.

The Eagles continued to hit all strides in the second half, outscoring the Hawks 38-23 en route to the 35-point win.

The Hawks had no answer for Aberdeen sophomore center Brionna Jones who dominated the Hawks inside for 34 points and 13 rebounds.

Nia Alleyne added 13 points for the winners, including the Eagles only three point basket. Jimmia McClucksey finished with 12 points, as nine players scored for Aberdeen.

Sarah Heaps led the Hawks with 17 points, while Rachel Cocoros netted 11 points and had her team's lone three pointer. Julia Schrof came off the bench to score 10 points.

The Hawks problems became bigger when starter Haley Ford left the game in the first quarter with a unspecified leg injury. Ford scored five of the Hawks 10 first quarter points.

Mariners move on

Joppatowne took another step toward a state title repeat with a 70-47 win over visiting Loch Raven Tuesday in 1A North Region play.

Shakara Head led the way for the Mariners with 27 points and 17 boards, while Lakiah Huff added 16 points and 11 steals.

The Mariners led at the half 33-21.

Huskies eliminated

Patterson Mill had its season end Tuesday in 1A North with a 67-58 loss at Owings Mills.

Lydia Moro scored a season high 17 points to pace the Huskies.

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