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MDJUCO Women's Basketball Tournament: Fighting Owls Roll Past Cougars 105-50, Reach 7th Straight Final

MDJUCO Women's Basketball Tournament: Fighting Owls Roll Past Cougars 105-50, Reach 7th Straight Final

By Mario Diaz and Robert Eriksen

Hagerstown, Md. – Harford continued its dominance through the conference today with a 105-50 win over Frederick to reach its seventh consecutive Maryland Juco Women's Basketball final.

The Fighting Owls have now won 80 straight against conference opponents under head coach Mike Seney.

Dahnye Redd finished with her 26th double-double in 29 games, scoring 20 points on 6-11 shooting and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Ayanna Mazyck had a double-double of her own, leading Harford with 25 points (9-18), including 6-11 shooting behind the arch. She had 10 rebounds and chipped in four assists and four steals.

"We shot a lot better than we did Thursday night," said Seney. "That was the difference in this game. We also defended a lot better, so I was really proud of our effort defensively. Offensively, if we're shooting it [the way we did today] we're pretty tough to beat because we have the speed, we have the post players and our guards are playing very well."

Harford came out on fire, as Redd scored six points on her team's first three possessions.

The Fighting Owls were committed on defense and deployed its half-court defense that made Frederick turn the ball over.

Harford finished the first quarter up 32-4 thanks heavily in part to 10 Frederick turnovers and 10 trips to the free throw line, where they converted nine attempts.

Harford continued to control the glass and get offensive rebounds in the second quarter. They finished the game with 20 second chance points.

Frederick did not go away early, as they went on an 11-3 run halfway through the second quarter.

But Harford answered right back as Redd dominated the glass and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds at the break.

Harford shot 42.2% from the field and generated 17 points off turnovers in the first half. They also out rebounded Frederick 31-19 to take a 56-30 lead into halftime.

Harford outscored Frederick 19-8 in the third quarter.

Frederick came out aggressive, attacking the basket early, but were unable to convert as Harford's defense was able to create stops.

Offensively, Harford was able to move the ball quickly up the court and convert open shots.

Harford went on a 7-0 run to grow its lead to 36 midway through the quarter. Redd picked up three rebounds early to complete her double-double and Seney rested her the last minutes of the third and the entire quarters.

A tough fourth quarter of physical play began with a 19-2 run by Harford to extend its lead to 54.

The Fighting Owls converted six three pointers in the third.

Frederick struggled to move the ball around a tight Harford defense that continued to cause turnovers.

Unable to get much moving on offense, Frederick drove the paint to create points and get free opportunities. The Cougars made 6-11 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished just 18-31 (58.1%).

Jone Ayers played every minute for Frederick and finished with a team-high 15 points (3-12) and 13 rebounds for a double-double.

Amiah Banks, Skylar Robinson, and Nia Powell chipped in eight points each.

Harford will play Baltimore City tomorrow in the championship game, seeking their fifth straight title.

"For the last Maryland Juco basketball tournament, I would not have it any other way to have Harford and Baltimore play for the championship," said Seney. "This Baltimore team is much like those of the last five or six years. They're scrappy, they play hard, and they're long inside. We have to make sure we're playing hard and matching their intensity."

Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.