Tolson leads Frederick girls to Maryland 3A West basketball title

March 2, 2012

Senior Lauren Tolson scored 24 of her game-high 28 points after halftime as 16th-ranked Frederick edged Damascus, 60-59, in overtime to win its second straight Maryland 3A West title.

After trailing by 19 points in the first half, the Cadets — who won their first state title last season — rallied steadily behind Tolson and junior Courtney Davis, who added 16 points, six assists and eight steals.

Frederick (20-5) scored the last five points of regulation, tying the score at 51 on Davis’s layup with 14 seconds left.

Damascus (20-5) couldn’t hit the final shot, and the Cadets seized control in overtime, taking the lead for good on Tolson’s free throws with 2 minutes 52 seconds left in the extra period.

Frederick advances to a Thursday state semifinal at UMBC where it will meet North region champ Aberdeen in a rematch of last season’s state title game.

“The hard work paid off, knowing my season wasn’t over, my senior year,” said Tolson, the area’s second-leading scorer. “I want to make it all the way. I want another ring. That’s my motivation.”

Sophomore Kelli Prange paced Damascus with 24 points, while her sister, senior Kristina Prange, chipped in 15 points.

Eric Detweiler

4A South final

After trailing by four points at halftime, sixth-ranked Wise took control against No. 15 C.H. Flowers behind seniors Eliqua Brooks and Khadijah Gibson in Upper Marlboro.

Brooks scored a career-high 38 points to power the Pumas past the Jaguars, 73-62, for their third straight region title. Gibson added 23 points and nine rebounds — scoring all but five of her points in the second half.

The Pumas (25-1) took a 56-50 lead after three quarter thanks to the speed and aggressiveness of Brooks and Gibson, who combined to score 17 of the team’s 20 points in the quarter.

“We just have that bond and know each other,” Brooks said. “And for us, for me to score, for Khadijah to score, everybody on this team contributes.”

Added Coach Walter Clark: “We call it ‘Khadijah and Eliqua’ time. They’ve gotta have the ball. The kids understand their roles and understand that.”

C.H. Flowers (21-3) was led by junior guard Kyah Proctor’s 22 points.

The Pumas will face face seventh-ranked North Point, the 4A East champion, in a state semifinal on Thursday at UMBC.

James Wagner

2A South final

Sophomore center Daijah Thomas came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points, and No. 11 Calvert beat No. 12 Glenelg, 69-52, in the region final for the second consecutive year.

Glenelg (24-2) led the defending state champions 9-2 early in the first quarter before the 6-foot-2 Thomas — who missed Calvert’s final six regular season games with a shoulder injury — checked in and immediately commanded a double team in the low post.

Thomas’s presence opened up the court for senior forward Tiara Lester (17 points), junior guards Alexis Smith (14) and Jasmine Weems (10) and senior guard Rachel Loube (7), and gradually wore down the Howard County champion.

“She had to sit out for a month and ever since she’s back she’s been unbelievable,” Calvert Coach Frank Moore said. “We’ve played three games since she’s been back and she’s controlled every game.”

Junior guard Emily Russo had a team-high 19 points for Glenelg.

Calvert (24-1) will face Patterson Mill, the 2A East champion, in a state semifinal on Friday at UMBC.

Greg Schimmel

4A East final

Seventh-ranked North Point won its second straight region title with a 76-54 win over South River in Waldorf.

The Eagles (23-1) jumped on the Seahawks defensively in the first quarter, holding South River (20-5) to just six points. North Point was led by junior Tasia Butler, who had 21 points.

4A North final

Poly, the Baltimore Sun’s third-ranked team, beat visiting Springbrook, 31-22, holding the Blue Devils to a season-low point total. The Engineers (23-0) will face the winner of Saturday’s 4A West final between No. 3 Gaithersburg and Northwest in a state semifinal on Thursday at UMBC.

3A South final

Westlake defeated host Friendly, 58-49, to advance to its first state tournament since 2005. The Wolverines (18-7) will face River Hill, the 3A East champion, in a state semifinal on Thursday at UMBC.

Senior Tejahne Malone led Westlake with a game-high 23 points and 26 rebounds. Fellow senior Kim Brown chipped in 19 points. For Friendly (19-5), Chayla Lewis scored 13 points, while Nikita Gray added 12.

Friendly entered halftime with a two-point lead but was outscored 17-6 in the third quarter.

3A East final

River Hill topped Howard, 46-33, in Clarksville to claim its fourth region title and first since 2009.

The Hawks (21-4) were led by sophomore guard Jenna Collins, who had nine rebounds to go with her 13 points. Senior center Alauna Jackson, who scored 11 points, was the only other River Hill player to finish the game in double figures.

The Lions (17-8), the defending region champion, were led by senior Brittany Butler’s 12 points.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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