The Poly Engineers girls’ basketball team maintained its perfect season, finishing with a 20-0 record after edging City College, 37-33, for the Baltimore City Division I championship Feb. 21.
The win marked the first city title for the Engineers since 1996 the year their coach, Kendall Peace-Able, won a title as a Poly senior.
Poly reached the city finals two times in the last four seasons, losing in both appearances. But this year they held on tight for the win and a flawless record. Poly’s Blair Harding nailed a three-pointer and Jasmine Smith knocked down a couple of free-throws to help seal the four-point victory.
“I’m a senior, so it’s awesome,” Poly forward Keli Alston told reporters after the game. “I get to walk away my senior year with a city championship. We were here last year, and I was very hurt and I refused to lose this time, because I wasn’t walking away empty.”
Alston led her team with a sensational 18 rebounds along with six points. Teammate Shaun Crockett led Poly with 10 points.
City sophomore point guard Dyzhaney “Dada” Burton led the game with 16 points, but the team struggled shooting free-throws, making just six of 14 attempts.
“I thought we played really good defense,” City coach George Petrides told reporters. “But we just couldn’t make the shots…They made the foul shots when they had to. I think the foul shots were double their way, but they made them; we didn’t.”
Poly will now prepare for the regional playoffs scheduled for the week of Feb. 27.