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Potential first win slips away from Owl girls

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Circumstances looked good for the Dundalk girls basketball team to pick up its first win last week.

The Owls were at home, playing an Owings Mills team that only beat them 18-16 earlier this season, and had been playing better since the start of the new year.

Brittany Thompson

Brittany Thompson drives to the basket against Owings Mills.

And after a three-pointer by Lilyian Hafner to start the second half, Dundalk trailed by 12-10.

Then things kinda took a turn for the worse.

The Owls didn’t score again in the third quarter, while the Golden Eagles somehow found a spark and scored as many points (19) in the fourth quarter as it scored in the first three quarters, pulling away for a 38-17 victory.

Much of the damage was done by one Owings Mills player, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 23 points. She outscored the rest of her own team as well as the entire Dundalk team.

The Owls, who have struggled to score all season, had no one to match her.

Dundalk has only six players in uniform, but the program does have a junior varsity team this year.

The jayvee team does have a win, beating Parkville 5-23 on Jan. 22.

Dundalk scored in double figures just once in five December games. Since returning from the holiday break, however, the Owls have reached double figures in all six games.

In the first game in January, Dundalk lost to Carver A&T 44-39.

The Owls got open shots against Owings Mills, but just weren’t making them. Many of the missed shots were attempted from under the basket.

Caylie Hafner scored six points, while Lilyian Hafner and Brittany Thompson each scored five.

Dundalk plays at winless Sparrows Point on Feb. 5.

Indoor track

The Dundalk boys team finished fifth in the team standings during the Baltimore County championship meet on January 21 at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Dulaney won the boys team title over Milford Mill, 88-66. Woodlawn was third with 62 points, followed by Towson (34), Dundalk (28), Western Tech (23), Randallstown and Hereford (19), New Town (18) and Pikesville and Owings Mills (10).

Patapsco and Sparrows Point did not score in the meet.

The 800-meter relay of Jordan Williams, Dallion Smith, Taishaun Craddock and K.J. Welch took second to Woodlawn with a time of 1:36.66. The Warriors clocked in at 1:34.54.

Williams took third in the 55-meter dash (6.74) and Malik Brown was third in the pole vault (11-6).

Smith (38.4) and Craddock (38.49) were fifth and sixth in the 300 meters, while Thompson (8.44) and Craddock (8.53) were fifth and sixth in thje 55 hurdles.

Umer Qureshi took sixth in the shotput (41-11.75), and Welch was sixth in the pole vault (10-0).

Hereford won the girls’ team championship for the 15th year in a row, by a margin of 107.33-81 over Dulaney.

Dundalk and Sparrows Point finished in a five-way tie for seventh place with Lansdowne, New Town and Western Tech. Each team scored 10 points.

Shawnie Allen of Dundalk took second in the shotput with a distance of 30-2.25, and Elizabeth Stanley was fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:34.15 and eighth in the 1,600 meters in 5:48.21.

For Sparrows Point, Macy Gerbes was fifth in the 1,600 meters (5:31.47), eighth in the 800 meters (2:38.41) and eighth in the 3,200 meters (12:56.55).

Samantha Gamble took second in the high jump with a height of 4-8.

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