Patterson Mill's return to the girls basketball Maryland Class 2A state semifinals got off to a bad start and the Huskies never recovered at UMBC Friday evening.
An administration error in the Patterson Mill scorebook gave Calvert a pair of technical foul free throws to start and, with them, the Cavaliers began their run to the 61-42 win. The Huskies fell to Calvert a year ago as well, 42-31, in state semifinal play.
"We'll, in the beginning of the game, you know, you hope that you don't start off with a technical, not a good way to start a game," Huskies Head Coach Holly Ismail said.
The infraction was a signed score book with the wrong number listed for a player.
With that, the Huskies fell behind 5-0 early and watched the Calvert lead swell quickly to 13-2.
Patterson Mill (21-7) scored the next seven points, but Calvert ended the quarter on its own 6-0 run to lead 19-9.
Calvert senior guard Alexis Smith (game-high 25 points) was the main problem for the Huskies, scoring 12 points in that opening quarter with slashing drives to the basket and the pre-start free throws.
Patterson Mill could not get into any offensive rhythm in the first half, citing nerves as the main problem. Inside shots rolled or bounced off the rim, while long shots missed as well.
Calvert (24-2) took full advantage of the Huskies offensive struggles and on Jazmine Weems' three-pointer led, 32-14. The Cavaliers outscored the Huskies, 17-7, in the second quarter and led comfortably at the half, 36-16.
"I thought we weren't going to be as nervous, we have the experience, we knew the court and we've played the team," Morgan Golec said. "I thought it would be a much better game."
The Huskies came out of the half with a little different look, pressing full court defensively and working the ball inside offensively.
The combination led to a 5-0 spurt, but two ensuing Patterson Mill turnovers allowed Calvert to have its own 6-0 run.
Still, Patterson Mill was able to cut into the lead and trailed, 49-34, with one quarter to play.
In that final quarter the Huskies made things a bit interesting.
Golec's second three-pointer of the contest gave the Huskies a spark and Sam Herman followed a short time later with her only three-point basket to pull the Huskies to within nine, 49-40, with more than six minutes to play.
Unfortunately, Patterson Mill scored just two points (Qalea Ismail free throws) over the final six minutes and Calvert pulled back away for the 19-point win.
"Definitely a disappointment, knowing last year it was the same game, same team," Qalea Ismail said. "Last year we only lost by 11, thought it would be closer this year."
Ismail led the Huskies with 18 points and Golec finished with 14 points and a game-best 19 rebounds.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun