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Girls Basketball Team Brings Championship Home

For the seniors on the varsity girls basketball team, 2022 was their last hope of winning the IAAM A Conference championship title. In their freshman and sophomore years, they did not make it past the semi-final rounds of the tournament, and last year, the pandemic forced the season to be canceled.

McDonogh's 2021-22 season got off to a solid start but was side-lined by an outbreak of COVID in late December. When it was safe to play, the team returned to the court and there was no looking back. For the next and most critical month of the season, they won every game—defeating the St. Frances Panthers twice.

Coach Brad Rees explained the challenge he faced in helping the talented team of young Eagles become cohesive in an article on the IAAM website. He said, “We were No. 1 at the beginning of the year and there were high expectations from us as coaches and from them as players…to go wire-to-wire as No. 1 is really impressive. Once we got on a roll, these kids really clicked on what we needed to do to be a great team. Very good players, very talented players, we became a very good team.”

The "very good team" advanced to the final round of the IAAM tournament after a decisive win over Roland Park Country School. Determined to snatch the crown from the defending champions, St. Frances, the Eagles racked up an impressive 40 points to the Panther's 25 at halftime. The final score was 77-65.

Paris Locke '23 and Nekhu Mitchell '22 agree that the Eagles were determined to win and attribute the victory to their strong mindset. But the two also contributed an impressive number of points. Paris posted a game-high of 24 and Nekhu added 13.

The Eagles' victory was McDonogh's first A Conference championship since 2015 and fourth overall. The victory ended St. Frances’ streak of five straight titles.

As Coach Rees told a reporter from the Baltimore Sun, "I'm really proud of our kids. We knew we had a good and talented team this year, but tonight we became a great team. I give the players a lot of credit."

Senior Delaney Yarborough took her coach's remarks one step further telling the IAAM reporter, “They like to say we’re a group of good players. This game proved we became a team. We became a real family.”

Congratulations to all the players and the coaches.