On a night that Patterson Mill junior Qalea Ismail scored her 1,000th career point, the Huskies rolled past visiting Aberdeen, 67-49, in UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division girls basketball play Tuesday.
The win left both teams with 5-1 division records. Aberdeen had previously beaten Patterson Mill, 61-40, in December.
"I'll be honest with you, I believe in my team so much," Huskies head coach Holly Ismail said. "Over the last couple of weeks, they have shown me so much. I feel like we turned a corner, started really clicking, understanding defenses better."
The Huskies were aided early with a 7-0 start that led to a 14-10 first quarter advantage. Ismail, who needed 28 points to reach 1,000, scored eight in the opening quarter.
Ismail was sharp in the second quarter, scoring 12 of her game-high 30 points. Ismail's drives to the hoop resulted in a layup or she was fouled and sent to the line. Five of the 12 points were free throws.
Despite Ismail's scoring and foul trouble for Aberdeen's best player, Stephanie Jones, Aberdeen briefly took the lead, 16-15, with 4:55 left in the half and Jones on the bench. Jones picked up her third foul with 6:34 left in the half.
Eagles guard Lisa Eller stepped up and led the Aberdeen scoring at half with six points.
The Huskies led 30-26 at the half, but Aberdeen scored the first three points of the third quarter pull within one. Patterson Mill's Khayla Mitchell responded, tossing in a three-point shot as the 30-second shot clock was expiring.
That was the first of two big shots for Mitchell, who finished with 11 points.
The Huskies pushed the lead to 34-29, but Taylor Cole's three-point play and Katie Sanderson's jumper, locked the game up at 34-34.
The Huskies, however, scored the next nine points. Two coming off a technical foul to Aberdeen coach Amber Milnes. Mitchell capped the nine-point run, hitting a jumper along the base line as the third quarter ended.
The basket seemed to energize the Huskies and drain the Eagles. Patterson Mill quickly pushed the lead to double digits, 48-36.
The lead was 56-38 with 3:58 left in the game when Jones (seven points) fouled out and Ismail went to the stripe, needing one point for the career milestone.
Ismail missed the first and made the second to set off a side court celebration at the Huskies bench. The game was paused to acknowledge the accomplishment and her dad, former Raven Qadry Ismail, took the game ball back into the stands.
"I wasn't really expecting to get it," Ismail said after the game about getting all 28 points Tuesday night.
But after she got to 20 in the first half, it seemed likely the goal could be reached.
"My teammates were excited, so they were reminding me how many I had left," she said.
Huskies point guard Sam Herman contributed 11 points and quality ball control. Nazje Norton was the Aberdeen's leading scorer with 12 points.
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