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.”
— Eric Detweiler
4A South final
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.”
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
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
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
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.