As Maryland School for the Deaf girls varsity basketball team participated in the MIAC Playoffs for the first time this year, the team defeated Perry Hall before meeting their rival in Greater Grace Christian Academy in the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, MSD earned a strong, solid 53-40 win to advance to the MIAC championship game for the first time.
Rockbridge Academy opened playoffs with a win over Arlington Baptist. Rockbridge Academy defeated Mount Airy Christian School, 60-53, in the semi-finals to advance to the MIAC championship game.
In the championship game, Maryland then went on to defeat Rockbridge Academy with a dominating 57-15 win to pull away for the school’s first MIAC Championship for girls varsity basketball.
The first quarter saw slow play from both teams with MSD leading 13 to 4. At the start of the second quarter, MSD pulled away with a 24-0 run to go into halftime with a 37-4 lead.
Senior guard Tessa Lewis led the team with 21 points, 4 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 rebounds. Junior sidekick Adele Daniels contributed to the win with 14 points, 10 steals, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. Senior forward Monique Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the paint. Sophomore forward Karita Lewis also had a hand in the win with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
MSD was able to contain Rockbridge Academy freshman standout Mayowa Taiwo, who holds the highest points scored in a game in the county, to just seven points in the championship game. Rockbridge Academy was also without senior guard Olivia McCarrick as she sat out with an injury.
MSD finished the season undefeated in regular-season conference play, 12-0.
Adele Daniels (MSD), Juliana Bahan (MSD), Mayowa Taiwo (Rockbridge), and Olivia McCarrick (Rockbridge) were selected to the All-Tournament Team. Tessa Lewis (MSD) was named the MVP of the tournament.