By Andrew Feminella and Jack Creegan
BALTIMORE -- Maryland JUCO Conference schools Harford, Cecil and Montgomery are all heading to their respective NJCAA Women's Basetball Championship Tournaments. See how they each got there below and tune in to watch tournament play.
The Harford Community College Fighting Owls are headed to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament following their fifth consecutive Region XX championship and District C title. The Fighting Owls are seeded No. 16 and will face No. 17 Odessa in the first round on Monday in Lubbock, Texas.
Harford defeated Baltimore County Community College in an intense battle for the Region XX Division I Championship.
A tightly contested game was decided by a dominating fourth quarter performance from the Fighting Owls. As the third quarter came to an end, the Panthers held a slight 54-53 lead. Harford started the final frame hot and retook the lead during an 11-0 run.
The Panthers put in a late bid for a comeback, but Harford answered with another 11-0 run to seal the game. First Team All-Maryland JUCO guard Ryan Holder scored a team high 22 points off of 50% shooting.
Harford head coach Mike Seney now sports a 67-0 record against Maryland Juco Conference opponents and a 104-11 overall record.
Harford then traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y. to face ASA College in the NJCAA District C Championship game with a National Tournament appearance on the line.
The first half was a back and forth affair, with each team going on dominating runs. Harford extended a 23-3 run into the second quarter before the Avengers stormed back on a 25-4 run to take a four-point lead at halftime.
The Fighting Owls would ride a great third quarter, however, to claim control of the game and eventually grab a 75-66 victory. Holder once again led her team in scoring with 20 points.
Cecil College dominated in the Region XX Division II Championship game against Chesapeake College with a 74-48 victory to earn a spot in the 2018 NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
The Seahawks are seeded No. 12 and will play No. 5 Mesa on Wednesday in Harrison, Arkansas.
Briana McAllister's free throw gave the Seahawks the lead with ninety seconds remaining in the first quarter and Cecil did not trail for the rest of the game.
The Seahawks entire team produced a balanced effort with six players scoring between at least nine points. Cecil's bench outscored their opponents by 31 points.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Cecil's game was its ability to out-rebound Chesapeake 62-31. Nyjayha Lockwood and McAllister grabbed 14 rebounds each.
Montgomery College captured its second consecutive Regional XX Division III title by defeating Westmoreland County Community College 85-66. The Raptors will play Northland in the No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Rockford, Illinois.
The Raptors used a fourth quarter surge to get past Westmoreland. The first three quarters featured back and forth action as the teams traded leads. The Raptors and Wolfpack were tied entering the fourth quarter, but then Montgomery took over, and outscored Westmoreland 30-11 in the final frame.
The Raptors were led by tournament MVP Armonie Lomax who finished the game with 25 points, 18 of which came from beyond the three-point line. Her six three-point field goals made up all of the successful attempts for Montgomery. Montgomery dominated the glass, outrebounding Westmoreland 62-30, with 23 rebounds coming from Anu Bamijoko.