Forget the NCAA. It's time to focus on the MPSSAA.
Dulaney High School boys and girls basketball teams are hoping to go far in the state playoffs, with both teams making impressive improvements over last season.
The girls advanced to a 15-6 record, bettering a 9-10 season last year. The boys meanwhile are considered a Top 15 program, according the latest Baltimore Sun high school sports poll.
The boys ended the season with a 20-2 record, after a 16-game winning streak was snapped Kenwood High School (66-53) in early February. The Lions' only other loss came three days later falling to Milford Mill 80-61.
The boys side did however compose itself to close out the regular season strong with a 4-game clean sheet. The team will try to sustain that momentum over a week break with the team scheduled to play the winner of the Catonsville versus Blake first-round game.
The girls get an early start to the playoffs tipping off against Blake on Friday at 7 p.m. in Timonium.
"I feel like we match up well against them," head coach Jess Szymanski said.
She said the team's improvement from a losing 2011-12 season to a no-nonsense 15-6 record is due to team chemistry, with dangerous shooters capable of making shots from all over the court.
"We distribute the ball well. It's not just a one player ... it's four or five or six players who can score eight or nine points. We rely on team basketball."