“Maddie was unbelievable this year,” Clipp said. “As the games got harder, she got better and got more and more confident.”
Of the Comets’ 16 victories, only four times did the opponent lose by less than five goals.
One of them was a 10-7 victory over Dulaney in the regional championship game.
That was the last home game for the seniors and a memorable one for Hunt.
“We started out pretty rocky and they had a good lead, but we all came together and stepped up and ended up winning,” she said.
But the winning stopped in a 15-5 loss in the Class 3A-4A state semifinals to eventual state champion Broadneck.
Hunt, who played outstanding defense that game, felt the sting over a month later.
“It’s still pretty rough,” she said. “Just losing both times (in state semis) kind of hurts because we knew how good we were.”
And Clipp knew how valuable she was to the defense.
“She was by far one of the best defenders on the field,” Clipp said. “She would do anything you ask and she was a great competitor.”
Basketball coach Mike Mohler saw that in Hunt when he put her on varsity as a freshman.
She earned a starting spot two months later and stayed in the lineup for four years.
Mohler, who had coached Hunt’s father, Rich, as an eighth-grader in the St. Mark’s program, saw similarities in the two players.
“They were very similar players, very fundamentally sound and very strong defenders,” Mohler said. “It was her fundamentals and defense that helped her make varsity freshman year.”
As the years developed, she became a three-point shooting threat, but it was defense that prompted Mohler to name her Catonsville’s nominee at the 2013 McCormick Unsung Hero Awards ceremony.
Ironically, he had given a similar award to her dad with the St. Mark School team.
Despite being listed at 5-feet, 7 inches, Hunt often had a difficult defensive assignment.
“Many nights, she was playing the other team’s best player,” Mohler said.
Milani, who was two inches taller, also got that assignment, when she wasn’t in foul trouble.
“I had a lot of trouble with that this year,” she confessed.
But, during her sophomore year, when the Comets stunned Western, 59-57 in overtime in the first round of the regional playoffs, she was at her best defensively.