By the time Saturday’s Maryland Class 4A/3A championship game reached a dramatic end, the fog that had settled over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was so heavy it nearly shielded North Point from its worst fears.
BALTIMORE — Expect a frosty start Monday, but a pleasant and quiet afternoon. Weather turns stormy Tuesday into Tuesday night.
With a clear sky and light winds, temperatures will quickly tumble tonight into the lower 30s.
Expect widespread frosty conditions by early Monday morning. After early morning frost Monday, we’ll see increasing high clouds filtering out the sun.
Despite the clouds, Monday looks like a comfortably cool and quiet day. Expect great road conditions with the dry and quiet weather.
A powerful storm will be moving across the country over the next few days. We’ll see the arrival of this storm during the day Tuesday.
The storm’s arrival time depends on where you are located across the state.
A mix of ice and sleet is possible as early as Tuesday morning across extreme western Maryland in the mountains.
Across the lower elevations of western Maryland, rain will develop during the morning hours Tuesday. Meanwhile, closer to home, dry and cloudy weather is in the forecast Tuesday morning for Baltimore, nearby areas over to the Eastern Shore and beaches.
The brunt of Tuesday’s storm for areas in and around Baltimore will take place Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night.
Expect rain to break out as early as midday to early afternoon Tuesday. The rain will become heavy and windswept late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.
There is even the chance of a few thunderstorms Tuesday evening, especially south and east of Baltimore. Winds may gust as high as 30 to 35 MPH Tuesday evening during the height of the storm.
A widespread 1″ to 2″ of rain is likely before the rain ends before sunrise Wednesday. Despite the rain falling during a big travel period, the rain is much welcome with moderate drought conditions continuing to expand across our area.
Wednesday’s weather is trending drier, which is great news for travelers.
While gusty winds will howl throughout the day, gusting as high as 30 to 35 MPH, the stormy weather will be over. The rain should be well out to sea by Wednesday morning, so expect gradual clearing of the sky throughout the day with road conditions quickly drying.
There still could be some delays at our area airports due to strong wind gusts and heavy volume, but we are not anticipating any additional stormy weather Wednesday.
Thanksgiving Day is looking like the nicest day in the 7-day forecast with plenty of sunshine and seasonably mild temperatures. Highs will reach the middle 50s. Weather looks good for any outdoor activities or traveling.
Another storm system will impact our area Black Friday into early Saturday morning.
This storm doesn’t look as potent as Tuesday’s storm, but it will still require us to use the umbrellas as rounds of showers are likely. Temperatures stay steady both days with highs in the lower 50s.
The weather looks to dry out Sunday for another big travel day as people return home after the Thanksgiving holiday. Look for partly sunny weather with highs near 50.
North Point sees Maryland 4A/3A championship slip away against Mervo
“It hurts,” senior linebacker Kamari Loving said. “And, yeah, there’s tears because everybody wants to win. But not everybody can, and today was our turn to be sad.”
The Eagles, defending state champions, arrived in Annapolis with every reason to be confident. They had dominated the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference this fall, going undefeated with seven shutouts in nine regular season games. Their defense, fearsome as any in the state, could seemingly contain anybody.
For much of Saturday, that held true. North Point (13-1) had a feeling this would be a defensive battle: The Eagles scrimmaged Mervo in August, and that game ended in a scoreless tie.
“We knew what kind of dogfight we were getting into tonight,” Coach Billy Condo said. “Our kids have sacrificed quite a bit since last January. All that we asked was one last night of their best. And we got that. I couldn’t be prouder of the guts that they brought to this competition.”
The defense came out with energy and aggression, bottling up dynamic quarterback Raymond Moore and keeping the Mustangs (13-1) far from the red zone. As the fog grew thicker and both teams committed to the run, every play looked something like a car wreck as red and white jerseys clashed and pushed and fought. Every once in a while, a ballcarrier would emerge from the mess, and his supporters would burst into cheers for what was sure to be a nice gain.
Junior Damien Brown gave North Point a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, and the Eagles clung to it for the next hour. With three minutes remaining in the third, Mervo capitalized on a North Point fumble and got on the board. Eagles linemen Kendall Carter blocked the extra point, and North Point entered the fourth up 7-6.
Ultimately, the game slipped away in less than a minute. Mervo’s offense took over with 2:33 remaining and scored in two plays as Moore extended second down with his feet and then found Justin DeVaughn for a 31-yard score.
North Point took over and quickly went four and out, its hopes ending with a short run and a tough spot. Mervo’s offense returned to the field not long after it had exited, this time to assume the victory formation.
“These last two years just went by so quick,” senior running back Kaleb Hart said. “Going from last state championship right into workouts. Trying again. It all went too quick.”
Woman killed in shooting near Maryland-D.C. border
A woman was killed late Friday in a shooting on Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights, Md., according to Prince George’s County police.
Police did not immediately identify the woman, whom they said officers found with a gunshot wound at the scene close to Maryland’s border with D.C. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later died, police said.
Takeaways from Maryland men’s basketball’s loss to Indiana
Maryland men’s basketball dropped its Big Ten opener Friday night, falling at Indiana, 65-53. The Terps never led in the contest.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
The Terps had no answer down low
Maryland’s depth in the post was always going to be somewhat of a concern. Outside of Julian Reese, the Terps entered the season without any proven players down low. Donta Scott has at times looked productive in that role, but is far better suited as a wing. Jordan Geronimo looked like a potential candidate to pick up some of the slack, but fell far from his recent production against a better opponent, failing to score Friday night.
Outside of those frontcourt starters, Maryland’s forward depth is slim. Caelum Swanton-Rodger and Mady Traore are yet to prove themselves as viable alternatives, and wings like Jamie Kaiser Jr. and Noah Batchelor don’t yet possess the defensive versatility to consistently hold their own near the hoop.
Indiana saw this and took advantage of it. Starting forwards Kel’el Ware, Malik Reneau and Mackenzie Mgbako combined for 42 points, and Ware led the way with 18 points of his own to go along with 14 rebounds. All three were also able to step outside the paint and drain a 3-point shot, displaying the versatility Maryland hopes to develop from its forwards.
Those three, plus Indiana’s substitutes, made it hard for Maryland on the offensive end as well. Maryland missed 12 of its 21 layups Friday, unable to confidently feed the post or drive to the rim.
The Terps don’t possess the ability to alter games with their rim protection yet, and while Reese has shown himself to be a capable — and at times elite — forward in the Big Ten, the lack of a defined supporting cast around him makes it difficult for Maryland to command the paint.
A similar story on the road
Maryland’s road struggles under Willard have been well-documented and discussed ad nauseam, but having no road wins against teams ranked in KenPom.com’s top 215 nationally doesn’t happen by mistake. Almost all of these games have followed a similar script: a slow start, poor shooting and a general lack of intensity.
That was exactly what happened Friday night. Maryland came out of the gates flailing and was instantly buried in a hole it never fully emerged from. It’s hard to make headway when scoreless possessions continue to add up and the opponent grabs 16 more rebounds.
Regardless of where they’re playing, the Terps have firmly established themselves are one of the least reliable 3-point shooting groups in the nation, and that was supported by a 2-for-16 showing at Assembly Hall. Combine those struggles with the aforementioned difficulties penetrating the paint, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
When the offense looks disjointed and the opponent is having its way, the little things can be what pushes a team over the edge on the road. But Maryland didn’t do those things right either, responsible for 12 turnovers and six missed free throws. Indiana wasn’t better in either department, but it didn’t need to be.
It’s early, but the clock is already ticking
The Terps are only eight games into their 31-game regular season, but their start has been about as poor as anybody could have reasonably expected. Not including home games against teams they paid to play at home and beat, they’ve lost every game of consequence, and their two matchups with high-major competition have resulted in decisive defeats.
Perhaps most importantly from a long-term perspective, the first eight games of Willard’s second season haven’t produced much reason to believe that this team will be an improvement from his first. For recruiting and perception purposes, this season is monstrously important for determining the fate of Willard’s tenure in College Park. He needs to recapture some of the energy of his first team to make sure the program continues to move in the right direction.
Last year, Maryland was able to overcome its inability to win on the road by blitzing through its home slate and registering substantive wins in College Park. This upcoming Wednesday, Maryland will host its first Big Ten opponent when Penn State comes to town. It’s now nothing short of a must-win if Maryland wants to instill any confidence in its fans.
The Nittany Lions are widely expected to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten, but if they are able to walk into XFINITY Center and take down the Terps, noise around the program will really start to heat up, and not in a good way. For the sake of keeping everything together, Willard and his team must make sure that doesn’t happen.
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