Annapolis Area Christian School coach Jim Domoracki says his team's point guard, Taylor Murray, is the best sophomore basketball player in the state.
You likely won't get an argument from Friends coach Mike Wall and his players.
The 5-foot-6 Murray dominated Friends in a 40-30 victory Wednesday night, totaling 13 points, 12 steals, 10 rebounds and four assists.
The Quakers won't have to see Murray twice this season because AACS moved up to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference.
"She didn't score a lot on us when we were on defense, but when we were on offense, she would get a steal and score that way," Friends coach Mike Wall said. "There wasn't anything we could do about that."
AACS (1-0) went on a 14-4 tear in the first quarter as Murray scored seven points during that stretch.
The Eagles boosted their lead to 14 points in the second quarter, taking advantage of a Friends' dry spell. The Quakers (1-2) failed to score in the final 5:15 of the quarter.
AACS led by as many as 19 points in the second half, but the Quakers didn't quit.
They trimmed the lead to 38-30 on sophomore point guard Rachel Kehoe's layup with 38 seconds remaining.
"I give those kids credit for scrapping to the end of the game," Domoracki said. "They could have easily packed it in. We played 12 kids. They probably played seven kids. I'm sure they were tired, but they played really hard."
Kehoe led her team with 13 points, six steals and four rebounds. Molly Green finished with 14 rebounds and seven points. Alexis Heath chipped in eights points and four steals and Sophia Springer had five rebounds and two points.
Cassie Peck (8 points), Jaida Molden (7), Katie Kinsey (6), Danielle Athas (2), Olivia Motsay (2) and Christina Dark (2) accounted for the remainder of the Eagles' scoring.
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