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Two weeks ago, the Maryland School for the Deaf boys basketball team returned from the 81st annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association tournament, held in White Plains, N.Y., as the champions for an 11th straight season.

The Orioles beat the Learning Center for the Deaf, 68-26, in the championship game behind a 16-point and 10-rebound performance from standout Mohamed Kamara.

“It takes commitment and hard work during on and off season [and the] great weightlifting program that we have at MSD,” coach Peter Badavas wrote in an email. “We happened to have a great group of boys ... lately.”

Kamara has been consistently strong all year for the Orioles, averaging 15.2 points per game, but MSD also received contributions from sophomore guards Jake Bonheyo and Carey Ballard, freshman forward Yave Sanchez, and senior guard Cody Simmons, who recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and played the final eight games of the season.

The Orioles will have the opportunity to defend their title at home next year, as they are scheduled to host the boys’ and girls’ tournaments and the cheerleading competition. Only twice in the tournament’s lengthy history have all three competitions been held at the same venue.

Oakdale loses foundation

With its 50-47 loss to Poolesville during Class 2A West Region quarterfinal play on Monday, the Oakdale High School girls basketball team saw the end of the tenures of seniors Erica Buls, Rachel Waling, Olivia Spahr and Taylor McGaughey. Bears coach Rob Healy said the quartet “left a great legacy after their three-year career helping start the Oakdale program.”

Trailing 29-15 in the first half, the Bears (15-9) took a 45-44 lead on 3-pointer by Spahr, but with the game tied at 47, Poolesville’s Rosie Barry converted a 3-point play with 14 seconds left to give the Falcons the win. Buls finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds and McGaughey connected on four 3-pointers for 12 points.

Offensive power outage

The Tuscarora girls basketball team scored for 33 fourth quarter points against top-seeded Damascus during 3A West quarterfinal action on Monday. Unfortunately for the Titans, the output was not nearly enough to overcome scoring just 18 points in first three quarters, including three in both the first and third quarters. Damascus won 70-51.

Shania Johnson was held to 16 points, six below her season average of 22 in the loss.

Kelli Griffith made five 3-pointers, including some key ones down the stretch, to lead Linganore to a 50-47 upset win against third-seeded Gov. Thomas Johnson during Class 3A West quarterfinal action on Monday. Her final 3-pointer gave the Lancers (8-14) a 43-40 lead in the fourth.;