Catonsville High’s four starters back from last year’s Class 4A state championship team played their usual solid game on Saturday afternoon in the No. 5 Comets' 63-37 win over No. 11 Mount de Sales, but it was a pair of reserves who provided a lift that helped the host Comets (2-1) win the Catonsville Cup for the fist time in the five-year history.
The money raised from the tournament, which also included a varsity game, in which the Mount St. Joseph boys defeated Catonsville, 81-50, will go to the Keely Kares Foundation, in support of Keely Horch.
At age 12, Horch, a Catonsville resident, was diagnosed with pneumococcal disease, a bacterial infection that led to severe swelling in her brain and spinal cord damage.
“It was a great crowd and it was a great cause,” Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said.
The girls game was shaping up to be close after the Comets led 15-13 after the first quarter.
But, senior Cerenity Chambers came off the bench in the second quarter and hit a pair of three-pointers and a deep two-pointer to help the Comets take a 33-23 halftime lead.
“A big shout out to my teammates, I had the opportunities to knock them down and I eventually did,” Chambers said.
In the second half, 6-foot-2 sophomore reserve center Maddi McLean scored all 14 of her points, while netting 6 of 7 field goals for the Comets.
“Maddi had her best game in two years,” Mohler said.
Her contributions, that came exclusively on layups, extended a big lead.
Chambers' long-range game gave the Comets breathing room in the second quarter.
“We talked a little bit about her [Chambers] production in the first two games and she came out and she was a real different player offensively,” Mohler said.
The Comets started 5-8 sophomore Sophi Wrisk, a transfer from Mount de Sales, and she supplied six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“We started Sophi because we were trying to go with a little more quickness and it seemed to motivate Cerenity, which is great,” Mohler said.
Mount de Sales didn’t need motivation, they needed more inside strength.
The Sailors were playing without 5-10 junior forward Abby Kuhn, who was ill for the second straight game.
She also missed a 53-50 loss to St. John’s Catholic Prep earlier in the week.
Kuhn averages 10 points and 12 rebounds a game.
“She brings the ball out, she does everything for us,” Mount de Sales coach Trish Armstrong said. “You can’t blame a 30-point loss on one player, but it disrupts the whole team. ”
Catonsville dominated on the boards the whole game with Jasmine Dickey (12 points) leading the way with 20 rebounds.
Stashia Daniels (8 rebounds, 6 points), Jameila Barrett (7 rebounds, game-high 16 points) and McLean (7 rebounds) were also strong on the boards for the Comets.
Catonsville junior point guard Gabby Douglas contributed all seven of her points, including a three-pointer, in the first half, and two of her four assists were to Chambers for treys in the second quarter.
A three-pointer by Rachel Krug cut Catonsville’s 10-point halftime lead to 33-26 and a free throw by Allie Berlin made it 33-27 with 5:44 left in the third quarter, but the Comets responded with a 20-4 run to close the quarter and take a 53-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
McLean had eight points during the stretch.
“What we talked about at halftime is, ‘Why are we not getting it inside every play’” Mohler said.
Barrett helped with two of her team-high four steals in the third quarter and she eight points in the second half.
“They just wore us down,” Armstrong said. “It wasn’t the fact we didn’t play hard, it was a lack of execution.”
Any hope for the Sailors to get back into the game in the fourth quarter was doused by a 4 of 14 shooting effort from the foul line.
Jameila Barrett 16, Maddi McLean 14, Jasmine Dickey 12, Cerenity Chambers 8, Gabby Douglas 7, Stashia Daniels 6.
Mount de Sales 37
Syd Skalstad 11, Allie Berlin 7, Kristen Zaranski 4, Maura Devine 4, Rachel Krug 3, Sophia Stewart 3, Lizzie Gower 2, Anya Walker 2, Annie Kearney 1.
Half: Catonsville 33-23