The Patterson Mill Huskies girls basketball team got its first taste of state tournament play Friday, but it was against Calvert, the defending Maryland Class 2A state champion.
The Huskies had a little trouble in the turnover department, which helped Calvert score a 42-31 win over Patterson Mill in a Class 2A semifinal at UMBC's RAC Arena.
"I'd like to first congratulate Calvert, a good game, a good job," Huskies head coach Joyce Jenkins said following the game. "I told the girls first thing in the locker room, please be proud, because we set standards at Patterson Mill, going from three wins to where we are right now."
With Friday's win, Calvert ran its record to 25-1. The Huskies finished their season at a school best 20-6.
Calvert bothered Patterson Mill's ball handlers from the start, with a full court press and tough man and matchup zone defenses. That led to 17 first half turnovers (28 for game), which allowed the Cavaliers to lead throughout the first two quarters.
The Huskies were also hurt by second chances. The Cavaliers outscored them 11-0 in second chance points, despite the Huskies having a 37-36 advantage in total rebounds.
"Put-backs, second shots and a few turnovers hurt us today," Jenkins said.
Calvert guard Jasmine Weems scored six of her seven points in the first quarter to boost Calvert to a 12-5 lead.
An 8-2 run by the Cavs to begin the second quarter pushed the lead to 13, at 20-7, but a determined Patterson Mill club battled back. A 6-0 Huskies run in the final two minutes of the half turned a 12-point (20-8) deficit in to a manageable and encouraging 20-14 halftime score.
A good defensive set by the Huskies denied the Cavs from scoring in the half's final seconds. In all, the Huskies played very good defense against the Cavs, who averaged 72 points per game. Calvert did commit 15 turnovers and the Huskies had five steals. "I'm not surprised at the defensive effort, we stress defense," Jenkins said. "I'm not being arrogant, just knew what they could do."
In that first half though, only junior forward Morgan Golec had baskets from the floor with four, accounting for eight of the Huskies 14 first half points.
In the third quarter, senior Lauren West nailed a three-point basket to add a second player scoring from the floor. Another basket by West, five straight and all her points for the game, pulled the Huskies to within three, at 25-22.
The Huskies were unable to get any closer, but they had their chances. Golec missed a layup, freshman point guard Sam Herman missed two free throws and Carlee Lund, a senior off the bench, saw her possible game-tying, three-point shot slide around the rim and out, all of this happening while the score remained 25-22.
"We weren't ourselves," Golec said. "It would have been a one point game and it could have been a whole different tempo," Golec added in reference to the missed shot.
Adding insult to injury, Calvert then got a buzzer-beater three from Rachel Loube to push the lead back out to six, 28-22, through three quarters.
The Calvert lead got back to double digits early in the fourth quarter and grew to as much as 15 (40-25), before the game ended with the 11-point victory for the defending champs.
Golec led the Huskies with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Despite the disappointment of the loss, freshman Qalea Ismail (nine points) was upbeat about the future.
"I see us just getting better next year, a lot of us are still returning, our main people," Ismail said. "We'll keep getting better, we're going to make it."
West, one of three seniors on the team, said "We had good teams, but just couldn't put us through. It's been a great season."