Basketball teams usually only dream about the kind of comeback that Beth Tfiloh achieved Wednesday night against host Friends.
The Warriors rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to prevail, 46-43, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference game.
Beth Tfiloh did it with intense second-half defensive pressure and solid outside shooting. The Warriors limited Friends to 11 points in the second half, including three in the third quarter.
"It's hard to come back from a deficit like this, but I told the girls at halftime, 'You have to buckle down, go out there and play with some confidence,'" said Beth Tfiloh coach Sonya Howell, whose team trailed 34-19 at the intermission. "They went out and did that. It comes down to passion and pride about the game."
Beth Tfiloh junior guard Aly Chasen and teammate Sydney Hamburg, a sophomore forward, sparked the comback. They combined for 19 second-half points. Chasen finished with a game-high 19. Hamburg had 10.
Junior guard/forward Rachel Kehoe led Friends, totaling 16 points and six steals. Junior guard Alexis Health added 12 points.
The Warriors (10-12 overall, 6-7) held Kehoe and Heath two points in the second half after the duo combined for 26 in the first half.
"We went into a triangle-and-two defense," Howell said. "We took those two players out of it."
Kehoe and Heath helped Friends (6-10, 5-8) jump out to a 17-7 lead in the first seven minutes. Kehoe had 10 points during that stretch and Heath added five.
The Quakers boosted its lead to 23-7 in the middle of the second quarter.
Beth Tfiloh closed the gap to 23-15 with an 8-0 run before Friends finished the half strong with a 11-4 spurt.
The third quarter belonged to the Warriors as they outscored Friends, 15-3, to cut the lead to 37-34.
Friends went ahead 41-36 with 6:30 remaining on Heath's layup.
Beth Tfiloh then used an 8-2 run over the next five minutes to go ahead for good.
Friends shot 1-for-11 from the field in the last six minutes while the Warriors shot 4-for-8 in the final quarter.
"In the first half, we were really hot, rebounding well and getting second shots," said Friends coach Michael Wall, whose team shot 15-for-30 in the first half. "But in the second half, we had a cold spurt. They got hot. They were hitting their outside shots."
Rose Woolson totaled 11 rebounds and six points for Friends and teammate Morgan Ball added eight rebounds. Maia Harrison had 10 points for Beth Tfiloh.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun