Public vs. Private Challenge again brings out area girls basketball elite

No. 1 Poly, McDonogh highlight Top 15 winners; Loch Raven reaches 15-0

Published on: January 22, 2023 9:50 PM EST|Updated on: January 23, 2023 1:09 PM EST

Poly's Mickelle Lowery goes up for two points during Saturday's girls basketball match with St. Mary's Ryken at the Public vs. Private Challenge. The top-ranked Engineers defeated St. Mary's Ryken at the annual mixer at McDonogh.
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The Public vs. Private Challenge, the biggest event on the area’s girls basketball calendar, brought 12 of this week’s Baltimore Banner/VSN Top 15 teams to McDonogh School.

Top-ranked Poly pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 60-49 victory over Southern Maryland’s St. Mary’s Ryken. Norfolk State University-bound guard Da’Brya Clark scored 21 points for the Engineers (13-1 overall).

The defending Class 3A state champs went on a 14-2 run to start the fourth quarter. Senior guard Taylor Addison scored seven of her nine points in the fourth.

“We settled in, being more responsible about what they had to do,” said Engineers coach Kendall Peace-Able. “They’re maturing, they’re 17 not 15 anymore, even though we have a mix of seniors and some juniors.”

No. 3 McDonogh scored the first 12 points en route to a 67-34 rout of Montgomery County’s Stone Ridge. Freshman guard Autumn Fleary finished with 19 points and post Kennedy Umeh added 17.

The Eagles (15-2) led, 32-23, at halftime then went on a 22-7 run in the third to expand their lead to 54-30. Ava McKennie had 12 points.

No. 8 St. Timothy’s rallied for a 71-65 victory over Old Mill. LaSalle recruit Aryss Macktoon scored 25 points and Karmen McDuffie added 16.

Trailing 12-3 after the opening quarter, St. Timothy’s (9-3) outscored the Patriots, 47-27, over the second and third periods to claim a 50-39 lead. Macktoon scored her 25 points over the final three quarters.

Nevaeh Brown Watts had 17 points and senior post Amani Watts added 15 for Old Mill (8-6), which lost to Anne Arundel County rival and No. 6 Glen Burnie Friday evening. The Patriots have lost six straight to the Gophers, dating back to last season.

No. 12 St. Mary’s continued its perfect season with a 57-33 victory over Harford Tech. Freshman Bailey Harris finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Alexandra Vandiver added 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Saints (18-0) led 33-11 at halftime and 47-17 after three quarters. Amya Goodsell finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, and junior Jordan Strang had eight points and 14 rebounds for Harford Tech (8-5).

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No. 11 Western and 13th-ranked Pikesville fell to their private school foes. The defending Class 4A state champion Doves (6-4) lost, 44-43, to St. Andrews Episcopal from Montgomery County.

After a close first quarter, Pikesville was distanced by Maret from the District, 47-30. Junior guard Tykeisha Hill led the Panthers (10-4) with seven points.

The defending 1A state champs trailed 13-12 after one, but managed 11 points over the next two quarters to trail, 35-23.


at McDonogh

Archbishop Spalding 49, Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) 40

Bryn Mawr 41, City 34

Catonsville 38, Severn 37

Concordia Prep 65, South River 31

Eastern Tech 43, Friends 37

Gerstell 53, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel 38

Loch Raven 59, Rosedale Christian 35

Maret (D.C.) 47, No. 13 Pikesville 30

Maryvale Prep 30, Reservoir 23

New Town 30, Garrison Forest 26

North Point 41, Mount de Sales 33

No. 1 Poly 60, St. Mary’s Ryken 49

No. 3 McDonogh 67, Stone Ridge 34

No. 8 St. Timothy’s 74, Old Mill 62

No. 12 St. Mary’s 57, Harford Tech 33

River Hill 48, Notre Dame Prep 27

Roland Park Country 47, Henry A. Wise 37

St. Andrew’s Episcopal 44, No. 11 Western 43