New Town's Tiana Davis made two high-arcing free throws with 9.9 seconds left and the visiting Titans watched a desperation 3-point attempt go wide at the buzzer as they held on for a 48-45 victory over host Western Tech's girls basketball team Friday night.
The win advanced the Titans (16-5, 11-0) to the Baltimore County title game for the second straight year.
"We had to get that win and we had to make those foul shots," said Davis, whose only three points came from the foul line in the final 1:28.
"I'm very excited and I'm proud of the girls," New Town coach Gena Young said. "They really came through in the clutch."
Destiney Taylor-Betts and Sydney Hines scored 14 points each, and Keyaira Wilson (eight points) and Candis Taylor (six) contributed for the winners.
Western Tech was led in scoring by Ebonee Dixon (14 points), Daija Coles (nine), Sydney Clopton (nine) and Deja Dennis (seven).
Dennis made a jumper from just inside the foul line with 17 seconds left to cut the Titans' lead to 46-45 before Davis answered with the clinching free throws.
No. 9 Arundel 74, Glen Burnie 56: Austin Carroll scored a game-high 23 points and the visiting Wildcats (20-2, 16-0) outscored the Gophers (11-10, 8-8), 20-8 in the third quarter.
Arundel's Markus Oliphant scored 10 of his 12 points during the third quarter. The Wildcats face Annapolis in the county championship at Chesapeake-AA on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Gilman 60, No. 14 Boys' Latin 57: The Greyhounds (16-14, 10-8) trailed 45-44 going into the fourth quarter, where they outscored the Lakers (22-5, 17-1) 16-12 to advance to the MIAA B Conference championship. Kai Locksley had 21 points for Gilman.
Glenelg leads at Howard County championship: With 12 of a possible 14 wrestlers advancing to today's semifinal round, the Gladiators lead the team standings of the Howard County tournament, 107-96, over defending county, region and Class 4A-3A state champion River Hill.
The Hawks, who won the regular-season Howard County title, advanced 10 wrestlers into the semifinals, including defending county champions Cory Daniel (195) and Logan Kirby (220).
Five other defending county champions — Oakland Mills' Zach Hensley (120), Reservoir's Mason Kilcarr (132) and Sam Rowell (152), Wilde Lake's Malik Jackson (145) and Atholton's Pat Mullens (160) — are also still alive through the quarterfinal round.
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In Friday's action, three quarterfinal upsets and one missed weight highlighted an otherwise normal night of action. The biggest of the upsets came at 132 pounds, where Harford Tech freshman Andrey Kalwa defeated the top seed, Colin Beck of North East. Kalwa, who entered the event with a 17-17 record, beat Beck (25-5), 7-4.
Edgewood senior Noel Spencer (third seed, 22-3) was upset as well at 120, falling by pin in 4:49 to C. Milton Wright junior Nick DiMattia. The other upset came at 160, where C. Milton Wright senior Philip Flint (third seed) lost, 6-4.
Bohemia Manor's AJ Jourdan, a third seed at 126, missed competing by failing his weigh-in. C. Milton Wright junior Mike Ritz took advantage, winning twice to reach the semifinals.
Defending champion Fallston leads the team standings with 78 points. Bel Air, last year's runner-up, is second with 63.50. Patterson Mill and Bohemia Manor are tied with 56 points each, while Rising Sun rounds out the top five with 55.
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Baltimore County championship: After the first day, Hereford leads with 88 points, followed by Owings Mills (76), Catonsville (64), Eastern Tech (50.50) and Western Tech (46.50).
Archbishop Spalding 3, Mount St. Joseph 2: Shane Gaudreault scored the eventual game-winner with 4:09 left in the third period as the top-seeded Cavaliers (10-2-1) bested the Gaels in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship at Piney Orchard.
The teams traded goals in the first period. Spalding went up 2-1 but was unable to capitalize on a four-minute power play at the end of the second period.
Gaudreault scored Spalding's third goal in a scrum in front of the cage for a 3-1 lead. The Gaels, whose goalie, Mike McMahon, stopped 20 shots in the second period, would draw within one in the final minutes, but no closer.
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