SEVERNA PARK, MD., DEC. 7 -- Camille Joyner rescued Largo from its opening-night jitters by scoring 16 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to lift the Lions to a 63-44 win over Severna Park tonight.
Largo committed 18 first-half turnovers to keep the game close before blowing out the Falcons in the final quarter.
"We came out a little bit shaky," said the 5-foot-8 Joyner. "We would keep getting the steals, but we couldn't capitalize."
Largo, the defending champion in the Prince George's 4A league, got off to a sloppy start, but still managed to build an early advantage.
The Lions were up by 14-6 in the first quarter after Keisha McCatty (13 points) broke Severna Park's press with a layup with just under a minute to play.
But the Falcons, who also had 18 turnovers in the first half, drew within 14-10 at the end of the quarter on consecutive baskets by Tami Riley (13 points) and Tina Riley (10).
Severna Park (1-1) took its second and final lead at 20-19 when Tami Riley completed a three-point play 1:14 before halftime.
Joyner's layup moments later returned the lead to Largo at 21-20, which was the score at halftime.
Largo converted only two field goals in the quarter, while committing nine turnovers.
In the second half, Largo's offense came out clicking -- the Lions scored on their their first four possessions to pull out to a 29-20 lead.
Severna Park did not give up easily and evened the contest at 34 on a basket by Lori Sharpless with 2:09 to play in the third quarter.
After a free throw by Toyna Howerton put Largo up by 35-34, Joyner converted a miss by Bianca Allen on the Lions' next possession to make the score 37-34.
Severna Park's Jill Natwick answered with a basket to pull the Falcons within a point again, at 37-36, but Severna Park was never able to get closer.
Joyner's basket at the third-quarter buzzer, her 10th point of the period, restored Largo's advantage to three points, at 39-36.
Largo had seven unanswered points to begin the fourth quarter. The Lions were up by 55-38 after Keisha McCatty (13 points) capped a 16-2 run with a basket to put the game out of reach with 3:38 remaining.
Kesha McCoy chipped in 14 points for Largo.