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High School Basketball: Century Tops Liberty in Girls Basketball

The Knights advance in regional play.

advanced in regional play with a 53-24 victory over rival Monday night.

The top seeded Knights will host either Walkersville or Middletown Wednesday night in Class 2A West region action.

ended their season Monday night with a 49-43 defeat to Catoctin. The Cavaliers had a 14-10 record for the season.

"We had a very good night defensively. Alice (Mercer), Tess Nichols, Angela (Flister) Jamie (Clark) I thought team-wise we did a really good job taking away their inside game," said Century coach Joel Beard. 

"Brooke Snyder off the bench, Vicky Perrone had two big shots for us, which really helped us. Just real proud of the kids."

Century jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the first eight minutes of play and put the game away with their defense in the second quarter as they stretched their lead to 35-13.

"We knew that Century has a really good defense. That was the one thing, if we could beat their defense, then I thought we could hang in this game and right away just that tempo made us force our offense," said Liberty coach Jessica Morgan.

"We weren’t setting it up and bunched up on offense. We had 24 points, so defensively they pretty much shut our offense down. They did a good job." 

The Knights were led to victory by senior guard Alice Mercer with 15 points and junior Jamie Clark pumped in 12 points. Clark scored eight of her points at the free throw line as she hit on eight of nine shots.

Also scoring for Century was Brooke Snyder and Victoria Perrone with six points each, Cassidy Jones, Angela Flister and Mary Ellis had four points each and Allyson Belknap had two points.

Century’s tight defense kept Liberty from having anybody in double figures. Hailey Marlatt led the Lions with nine points, while Kelly McCormick had five points, Christine Johnson had four, Haley Price, Kristen Cortese and Anna Hresko had two points each.

"We have been doing that all year. We are a team and Wednesday night will be a tough one, it will either be Walkersville or Middletown. To get to the next one, you have to win that one," Beard said. 

Liberty ended their season with an 8-16 mark while Century improved to 21-2.

"Best luck to them. They better take it all the way now," Morgan said. 

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