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Menlo School girls escape Priory with WBAL hoops victory


Menlo School jumped out in the lead to start the game and never gave it up Tuesday at Priory. But it was hardly an easy win.

Priory hung around within striking distance all game but couldn’t ever catch up as Menlo came out on top in the West Bay Athletic League girls basketball game 47-43.

Aniyah Augmon/Cynthia Norris
“I told the girls any road game in the WBAL is tough to win,’’ Menlo coach John Paye said. “Priory battled until the end. It’s a credit to our team that not shooting well we still pulled it out.’’

Menlo (12-1, 2-0) also avoided a letdown after its 46-45 win over Pinewood.

“That was a rather emotional game we had Saturday night,’’ Paye said. “It seems like just yesterday.’’

Point guard Avery Lee made sure her team got off to a good start. She scored 10 points in the first quarter and had 14 of Menlo’s first 20 points.

“I was getting a lot of open shots,’’ Lee said. “My teammates did a great job of feeding me.’’

Lee finished with a game-high 20 points. Coco Layton added 12 for Menlo on four 3-pointers.

Menlo had its biggest lead of the game at 22-12 early in the second quarter. Priory (8-4, 1-1) cut the lead to three on numerous occasions, but couldn’t get any closer.

“Menlo made some big shots,’’ Priory coach Buck Matthews said. “That’s a state championship team. They executed late in the game and that was the difference in the game.’’

Aniyah Augmon led Priory with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sydney Donovan came off the bench to score nine and Bineta Diatta scored eight points to go along with nine boards.

“We hurt ourselves with turnovers but overall I liked our energy,’’ Matthews said. “A four-point loss, I’ll take that for now as long as we’re getting better.’’

In other WBAL girls games Tuesday, Pinewood rebounded with a 66-25 victory at home and Sacred Heart Prep beat host Eastside Prep, 65-41.

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