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Bowie High School girls’ basketball’s Alexis Newbold knew she would have her hands full against Henry A. Wise in the 4A South Region Section II quarterfinal round. But going against one of the county’s elite forwards, the senior held her own and anchored the defense as the Bulldogs (16-7) defeated the Pumas 62-35 Friday in Upper Marlboro.

“I told them, this could be your last senior game in high school,” Bowie coach Chris Ferguson said. “So I think she was playing with that extra energy to make sure they would get that win tonight.”

Newbold helped keep Wise’s Ciaira Lee (18 points) in check while scoring nine points, collecting six rebounds and forcing several turnovers. Bowie’s stifling defense limited Wise to 15 points at halftime and the Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the third quarter.

“I pretty much know what she’s trying to do: post you up,” Newbold said. “So you just have to learn how to get around her. She’s pretty strong so you just have to get around her.”

The win sets up a second-round matchup against undefeated Eleanor Roosevelt (21-0).

Senior Ryan Maynard scored a game-high 21 points, carrying Bowie’s offense with leading-scorer Marshauna Butler out with an ankle injury.

“It’s all a bunch of team work,” Maynard said. “When we don’t play as a team, we don’t win like this.”

Serena Brown scored 11 points and McKenzi Bess scored 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.

“I think that we realize that when one player is down, everybody has to step up and do what they need to do,” Newbold said. “Everyone did a great job today and I’m proud of my teammates.”

Maynard hit three 3-pointers and helped Bowie’s airtight defense limit Wise to only four field goals in the first half.

“She’s definitely been more consistent with her 3-point shooting,” Newbold said. She’s more confident ... I congratulate her for stepping up and doing what she needed to do.”

Bowie defeated the Pumas for the third time this season, after winning 63-39 on Dec. 17 and 65-51 on Feb. 6.

Bowie lost to Roosevelt in both regular season meetings -- 53-44 on Feb. 7 and 58-50 on Dec. 19. The Raiders are coming off a 71-35 win over Largo in the Prince George’s County championship on Thursday.

Butler’s status for the Roosevelt game is uncertain, Ferguson said.

“We’re the only team that played them close this season,” Ferguson said. “We just have to continue to do what we wanted to do.”

egoldwein@gazette.net

Bowie 62, Henry A. Wise 35

Bowie (16-7) 15 16 17 14 — 62

Henry A. Wise (11-9) 7 8 14 6 — 35

Bowie: Ryan Maynard 21, Serena Brown 11, McKenzi Bess 10, Alexis Newbold 9, Alexis Gordon 7, Tationa Garvin 2, Kasey Stevens 2.

Wise: Ciaira Lee 18, Carolyn Cosey 7, Mache Turner 5, Olivia Barnes 2, Kyra Wiggins 2, Dione Jacobs 1.