LANHAM – In the second round of the 4A North bracket in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls basketball playoffs, Laurel High School won in dominant fashion, 69-37, over Bladensburg High School on Feb. 5th. With a 16-6 record, it is the best season the Lady Spartans have had in the last 13 seasons. Meanwhile, Parkdale High School impose its will over DuVal, 46-25, in the second round of the playoff tournament.
Parkdale are looking to add their fourth sectional championship in the last five seasons since winning three in a from 2015-2017 MPSAA state playoff tournament. Junior Nycerra Minnis is the player to watch for Parkdale, the 6’5 forward averages a double-double at 12.1 points and 16 rebounds a game.
They face Laurel on March 7. Having been swept by the Panthers in the season, the Spartans face a daunting task against their county foe, but hope that the third time’s the charm and they’ll make their first sectional final.
In the sectional side of the bracket, Charles H. Flowers held off Eleanor Roosevelt 68-58 and took the first spot in the 4A sectional finals on March 7th. The Jaguars were led by senior Jasmine Hilton, junior Kaniyah Harris and junior Lashawna Robinson who scored 26 points, 15 point, and 10 points respectively.
The Lady Jaguars were able to eliminate a Lady Raiders squad that has compiled quite the resume, winning three state title, reached the state Final Four four times and won four regional championship in the last six seasons.
Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. outlasted Suitland, 45-41, and advanced to Thursday’s sectional finals against Flowers. Wise will be looking to win their first regional title since winning back in the 2010 and 2011 MPSAA tournament. The Pumas are led by senior guard Kaitlyn Parker.
Oxon Hill decimated Potomac 63-17 and will host Baltimore Polytechnic High School in the 3A South sectional finals. At 18-4 this season, the Clippers are led by a trio of double-digit scorers in junior Aniya Wilson (16.6 points per game), senior Mossi Staples (14.3 points and three assists per game) and senior Iyanna Warren, who averages nearly 14 points and three assists and four steals per game. Oxon Hill has won nine of their last 10 games.
After two bye rounds, Gwynn Park are primed to face Central in the 2A North sectional final on March 7 after the Falcons held off Patterson High School, 52-48. This will be the Lady Yellow Jackets first game since losing the County Championship against Flowers, 69-59, on March 25.
Gwynn Park swept the Falcons during the regular season, winning by 53-point and 44-point margins. Junior Jenae Dublin leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 21 points and nearly averages a double-double with 9.8 rebounds a game. She is flanked by senior Denai Bowman, who averages 18.6 points a game, and hands out nearly six assists per game too.
Largo had its way against Fairmont Heights, never leaving any doubt in their 58-15 win. Senior forward Billie Johnson led all scorers scoring 23 points and grabbing 22 rebounds for a dominant double-double performance. Largo is looking to make its way back to SECU Arena for the fourth year in a row and win their second state title in four seasons.
North Chesapeake Math and IT upset Frederick Douglass High School, 47-45, and will face Largo in the 1A South sectional finals on March 7. In just their third season of varsity basketball existence, North CMIT (13-8) has now won the Willards Division championship twice and have advanced to their first sectional final in program history.