By Mario Diaz
Hagerstown, Md. – Frederick Community College used a 24-4 opening third quarter run and tough defensive play down the stretch this afternoon to knock off CCBC Catonsville 89-85 in overtime of game three of the Maryland Juco Women's Basketball Tournament.
Amiah Banks led the Cougars with 27 (10-20) points, 20 of which came in the second half and overtime. She also had 10 rebounds to complete her double-double.
Jone Ayers was second on Frederick with 25 points (7-17), including eight rebounds five assists and three steals.
"We wanted to live off of our defense," said Cougars head coach Sheldon Henry. "So we went to a full court press and wanted to get more easy layups off the press. I think it threw [CCBC Catonsville] off initially and we were able to ride that on offense."
Four Cardinals finished in double figures, as Chante Weedon had a game-high 31 (10-20) points. Weedon also had seven rebounds and eight steals.
Myah Savage had 21 points (6-20) with six assists. Jasmine Johnson (8-14) and Akirra Pullen (3-7) had 19 and 10 points, respectively. Each also had a double-double, as Johnson pulled down 10 boards and Pullen 11.
The first quarter of the game was an intense, back and forth match.
Frederick started with a 12-2 run less than three minutes into the game.
The Cougars ball movement stymied the Cardinals and made for quality open shots.
CCBC Catonsville answered back with a 12-2 run of its own. The Cardinals started creating ball movement and causing turnovers late in the first quarter to pull within one after one frame.
The start of the second quarter saw inconsistency and poor shot selections from both sides. The game was very tight with no team capitalizing off one another's errors.
Midway through late in the second quarter, CCBC Catonsville started generating turnovers and turning it into points as they went on a 16-6 run and outscored Frederick 21-8 the second quarter.
Frederick made its comeback in the third, starting on 8-0 run in the first minute. The run would reach 24-4, as the Cougars outscored the Cardinals 30-21 in the quarter.
It was an exchange of buckets in the fourth, as both of teams would even each other out with multiple lead changes.
In overtime, Frederick hit 5-of-6 free throws late to seal the victory.
The Cougars will play the winner of Harford versus Southern Maryland. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.