A short-handed Whale Branch girls basketball team took a six-point lead to the fourth quarter at Military Magnet on Tuesday, but the No. 1 team in Class 1A rallied to top the ninth-ranked Warriors 40-31.
Playing without starting guard Kiana Smashum, the Warriors went toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Eagles for most of the night, playing stifling defense for three quarters to take a 27-21 advantage into the final period.
But three Warriors fouled out down the stretch — including two starters — and Military Magnet outscored Whale Branch 19-4 in the fourth quarter to escape with a hard-fought win.
Kynew Barnwell poured in 22 points for Whale Branch, while Sabri Mitchell scored 15 and grabbed 10 boards to lead the Eagles.
Whale Branch (7-6, 2-2) travels to St. John’s on Wednesday for a game that was postponed last week.
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