Milani guarded All-Metro standout Tenecia Spence like a glove.
“We played a box and one and I put Deb on her for over a quarter and she frustrated her and I don’t think she scored,” said Mohler, who noted that was Milani’s first varsity season, after playing junior varsity as a freshman.
Catonsville had lost to Western in the playoffs three straight seasons and four of the past five times.
“It just makes me feel like I have this job and I’ve got to do it and I can’t let anybody down and take one for the team,” said Milani, on guarding top players.
Milani had 11 points and six assists and Hunt had 12 points and three treys in the historic triumph that the pair recalled as one of their all-time greatest together on the basketball court.
“That Western game was the best because everybody was so pumped and seeing coach Mike so happy, because he had never beaten them — I didn’t know it was that big a deal until they said that.”
Although the Comets lost in the regional semifinals this past season, Mohler saw the duo’s competitiveness until the end.
“Both of a them are good athletes and no one likes to lose, but losing was extremely distasteful to those two,” Mohler said. “They never took losses easily. They were just great competitors.”
MIlani played every position during her hoop career.
She always led the team in steals and was among the leaders in points, assists, rebounds and a another obscure category.
“Deb led the league in me pulling my hair out,” Mohler said. “I would turn my head and go ‘Wow” and then she would go diving into a wall. She went full tilt all the time. She didn’t know the meaning of slow down.”
Hunt played with similar passion and contributed from the perimeter and in a leadership role.
“Maddie definitely stepped up as a zone buster and her fundamental skills were such a great example for the rest of the team,” Mohler said.
That carried over from field hockey team in the fall, where she was a two-time captain for the 2013 state finalists that went 13-4.
“She was a captain because of her leadership skills on and off the field,” field hockey coach Lindsey Gullborg said.
The four-year varsity player started on defense as a freshman and as a senior as the central midfielder.
In the regional semifinals, she scored a goal in a 2-1 win over Perry Hall.
“I usually was just getting the ball down to Brooke (Stevens) and Grace (Campbell), so I was pretty excited to score that goal,” Hunt said.
Following another 2-1 triumph over Dulaney in the finals, Hunt’s drive into the circle set up teammate Brooke Stevens for the first goal in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Walter Johnson in the state semis.
“She started peaking in her junior year, but definitely peaked by her senior year,” Gullborg said.
Hunthad positive vibes early in the season.
“It was very exciting, but I kind of had the feeling we would do well once we started the season,” she said “We were playing really well and I think the fact that most of us had been playing together for at least two years was definitely a big help. If we were going to do it, it would have been that year.”
Milani also had a strong fall soccer season playing for the 14-2 Comets.
It didn’t go unnoticed by coach James Fitzpatrick.
“You could see more of a dedication to getting better and performing at the top level,” said Fitzpatrick, noting she scored 14 goals and had eight assists.
She worked extremely well on offense with leading scorer Jenn Nonn.
“She was one of those rare athletes that got better every year.” Fitzpatrick said. “She was able to play at the highest level, but she never saw herself as being above the level she really is.”
The soccer coach wasn’t afraid to give out some advice after watching her play in a lacrosse game in the spring.
“It wasn’t one of her best performances and I told her, ‘She needed to play like she is the best player on the field, because she was.’” he recalled “When she made that decision, particularly on the lacrosse field, she would become an unstoppable force.”
And most of the time, no matter what sport they played, Hunt and Milani were forces that many opponents couldn’t stop.