FREDERICK -- Emotions run high when a pair of basketball teams are next-door neighbors. That certainly was the situation Friday when Erie traveled to Frederick for their encounter on the court.

Behind a solid one-two punch from Erie's Serena Gudino and Amanda Ochoa, the Tigers were able to come away with a 61-39 victory. Ochoa led the way with 22 points while Gudino came through with 15. And, when it came to defense, the Tigers were just as determined to come through as they held Frederick to a lone basket in the third quarter.

That Frederick basket was scored by Allyson Reid, who moved from Erie to Frederick last year and having played for the Tigers in her sophomore season. And, she was the only Warrior to score double-digit points, hitting for 15.

Erie, behind 10 first quarter points from Ochoa, jumped out to an 18-10 first quarter lead on its way to a 33-25 halftime advantage.

"We certainly slowed down in the second half, but we were also able to keep them at a slow pace as well," Ochoa said. "In the locker room at half we talked about our defense and not letting them hit 3-point baskets. I think we accomplished that."

Indeed, but from the stands and from the thoughts of Erie coach Noel Potter and Frederick's Roger Dufour, the pace was anything but slow. After all, both teams applied full-court pressure throughout the game.

"We just wanted to come together and make things work," Gudino said. "We want to keep on our feet and be ready for the playoffs. We're not done yet."

Erie established a 46-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter and for all intents and purposes had the game well in hand.

Reid knew well that it was going to be a tough night going against her former teammates.

"I felt the tension way before stepping out on the court," Reid said. "The first half we played pretty good, but we just couldn't put it together in that third quarter. In the fourth we got things going, but we were pretty far back. Playing against my old school is memorable, but I wish I could have had a better game."

Potter was pleased with the win, but not with the overall play of his team.

"We have to pick up the offense," Potter said. "But our defense in the third quarter was good, and this season that's what we have had to rely on. It was kind of rough out there for both of us. We had a lot of shots, but just couldn't finish."

And, that held true for Frederick and Dufour.

"We haven't played four good quarters all year," Dufour said. "In the third, we just didn't come out with an offensive punch. This was a physical game, but we just need to find a way to play hard for all four quarters."

Erie 61, Frederick 39

At Frederick HS

ERIE

Bauchert 2 3-4 7, Gallagher 1 2-2 4, Ochoa 7 6-10 22, Kudrna 4 1-2 9, Gudino 5 5-9 15, Zeier 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 19-29 61.

FREDERICK

Reid 5 3-4 15, Mitchell 0 1-2 1, Digesualdo 2 0-0 6, Dufour 2 1-2 6, Sleeth 2 0-0 4, Neu 1 0-0 3, Worley 1 0-0 2, Garland 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 5-8 39.

Score by quarters:

Erie 18 15 13 15 -- 61

Frederick 10 15 2 12 -- 39

3-point field goals -- Erie (2): Ochoa 2; Frederick (6): Dufour, Neu, Reid 2, Digesualdo 2. Total fouls -- Erie 16; Frederick 18. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- Frederick bench.