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Gaithersburg Trojans fall to Perry Hall Gators in boys hoops state semis, 85-62

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Gaithersburg senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is Perry Hall senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHGaithersburg Trojans' senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is the Perry Hall Gators' senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). The Trojans would fall to the Gators, 85-62. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — The Gaithersburg Trojans were simply overmatched by the Perry Hall Gators Thursday night in the Maryland 4A state semifinals at Xfinity Center.

Although the Trojans sought to capture their first state championship in 20 years, Gaithersburg couldn’t handle a Perry Hall varsity boys basketball team that was on a mission.

Perry Hall, the defending Maryland 4A state champion, moved a step closer to another state title by posting an 85-62 victory over the Trojans.

Xavier Gravette led four Gators in double figures with a game-high 19 points and Tyler Holley added 17 points while Anthony Walker and Anthony Higgs added 15 points each.

Perry Hall boasted a roster that most Maryland private school basketball programs would envy; the Gators feature 6-foot-9 LaQuill Hardnett along with the 6-foot-8 Walker and Higgs. Cameron Wheeler, Gravette and Holley are each listed at 6-foot-4.

“We haven’t played anybody in Montgomery County with that type of size,” Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda said afterward. “The closest thing would be Paint Branch.”

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B-CC Barons’ historic season in girls b-ball ends with loss to Catonsville

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  TOWSON — The 2017-18 season has certainly been a historic ride for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team. The Barons advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, and during the first half against the defending state champion Catonsville Comets, it looked like this playoff ride would continue.

Then Catonsville’s Jasmine Dickey took the game into her own hands.

Behind Dickey’s dominant second half, Catonsville stormed back in the second half, and defeated B-CC 63-51.

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B-CC point guard Lowndes leads Lady Barons to historic victory over Whitman

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B-CC Barons’ point guard Charlotte Lowndes (#11) pushes the ball upcourt against Whitman Vikings’ Molly Knox (#21), constantly pressuring the Whitman defense in the playoff game on the Barons’ home court Tuesday night. The Barons defeated the Vikings 49-25 to advance to the Sectional Final against the Walter Johnson Wildcats on Thursday, March 1. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ point guard Charlotte Lowndes (#11) pushes the ball upcourt against Whitman Vikings’ Molly Knox (#21), constantly pressuring the Whitman defense in the playoff game on the Barons’ home court Tuesday night. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — It had been over eight years since the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons girls basketball team last defeated the Whitman Vikings. It had been three years since any girls team other than Whitman won the region. Now, the tables have been turned, and the streak is no more.

Led by a dominant effort from point guard Charlotte Lowndes, B-CC soundly defeated the visiting Vikings, 49-25.

“It’s been tough coming close in past years…It’s nice to return the favor this year, but we expected to do it,” B-CC head coach Ryan Ingalls said of the win.

After falling behind 6-2 in the early minutes of the game, B-CC finally began to click. The Barons rattled off a 12-0 run to end the first quarter, giving them a 14-6 lead. Once B-CC took the lead at 7-6, they never looked back.

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Churchill boys narrowly upset Einstein in first round of hoops playoffs, 74-73

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20180223 Churchill Einstein BBall 1Churchill's Reed Moshyedi catches fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points to beat Einstein. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  

KENSINGTON — A long rebound sailed out to the Einstein Titans’ Joey Curtin, with his team trailing by two points Friday night. Curtin put up a three-pointer, and drained it, pumping his fist as the Einstein crowd roared. With 11.8 seconds left, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs put the ball in the hands of its star player, Reed Moshyedi. Moshyedi drove to the baseline, before rising up into the air to fire a shot. With 2.9 seconds to play, the ball splashed through the net.

Moshyedi’s jump shot gave Churchill a one-point lead, and after Einstein missed a deep heave, the clock hit zero with the Bulldogs winning the game, 74-73.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games, and lost a lot of close games late,” Churchill head coach Dave Blumenthal said. “I think tonight is where those experiences of losing close games really helped us be able to withstand a really tough three and be able to come down and make a play and pull it out.”

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Hebron, RM shock Northwest 28-13 as playoffs begin

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MPI NWRM-0759 EditedRichard Montgomery's Spencer Silverstein (14) scores a touchdown despite the best efforts of Northwest's Austin Riel (11). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

ROCKVILLE – Richard Montgomery senior running back Tylen Hebron’s three touchdowns and one by quarterback Spencer Silverstein led the Rockets to shock the former state champion Northwest Jaguars 28-13 Friday during the first round of the 4A playoffs.

“We didn’t think we were going to go out like this,” said Northwest senior quarterback Austin Riel, later adding, “I think we just kind of lost focus a little bit. Once things went bad, it kept going.”

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Northwest’s defense collects four TDs in 53-18 rout of Wootton

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ROCKVILLE – With its season on the line and a playoff spot within reach, Friday night’s game for Northwest was a must-win.

The Jaguars defense received the message, outscoring the offense with four pick-six touchdowns as Northwest (7-3) routed Wootton (5-5) 53-18.

Northwest’s win, will likely send the 2013 and 2014 state champs back to Maryland 4A playoffs but the Germantown-based team will have to wait until Sunday to find out its seeding. 

“That’s the goal since the beginning of the season,” said Jaguars running back Khalil Owens. “First, we needed to make it in the door and go to the playoffs and now a new season starts today and we got to keep pushing and make a great run.”

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