Huskies roll to second straight 2A East Region hoops title

Patterson Mill won its second straight Maryland Class 2A East Region girls basketball championship Friday night in a rout of visiting Queen Anne's.

The Huskies outscored the Lions by at least six points every quarter en route to the easy, 64-28 victory.

Patterson Mill (19-5) will play in the 2A state semifinals at UMBC Friday at 5 p.m., versus Calvert (23-2), which defeated the Huskies, 42-31, in last year's state semifinal round.

"Oh my God, it was better just because I'm a senior," the Huskies Elizabeth Wilson said, referring to last year's region title. "I'm so proud of my team, I could not be happier."

Although Patterson Mill won by such a large margin, the Huskies actually struggled a bit early on, but the Queen Anne's struggles lasted the entire game. Patterson Mill, which likes to run as much as possible, wasn't able to get that part of the game going early on.

Patterson Mill did apply its man-to-man defense from the start though, which led to a handful of turnovers, but more importantly it tested the visitors shooting and it wasn't good.

The Lions had just three made field goals in the first half, a half in which the Huskies led 30-14. Patterson Mill led 12-4 after the first quarter.

"We had no idea what kind of offense they might have against man," Huskies Head Coach Holly Ismail said. "Obviously, the way the officiating went, it was difficult to really do exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to do more full court pressure, but we had to pull it back."

If anything seemed wrong with the Huskies (19-5) in such a easy win, they did have a bit of foul trouble with three starters. Sophomore point guard Sam Herman had two in the first quarter, while sophomore Qalea Ismail and senior Morgan Golec each picked up respective third fouls, less than two minutes into the third quarter.

That changed the game plan a bit, with no full-court pressing, but it didn't matter. Queen Anne's (18-5) added four field goals in the second half.

"It feels great," Golec said. "To win it last year was a lot more exciting, but this year, just beating them by that much, it's even better. I'm so happy, so proud."

Golec and Ismail, with 12 points each, shared high scoring honors for the Huskies, who had 10 players score. Herman finished with nine points and Lydia Moro had seven. Wilson finished with six points and four blocks and Courtney Borrows, who came off the bench to give the Huskies another inside presence due to the foul trouble, also scored six.

The Huskies also got scoring contributions from Stephanie Ehly (three points), Maya Peguero (one point), Peyton Marge (four points) and Lindsey Petty (four points).

"We've all been playing our roles really well lately and the way we've been pushing the ball, we just want it so badly," Golec said. "We know we're gonna go play against Gwynn Park or Calvert, but we want it so much more this year."

The Huskies finished with 25 field goals and after an 0-for-7 start, finished 12-for-22 at the free throw line.

When asked about the possibilities of playing Calvert in the semis again this year, Ismail said, "They have very, very strong guards, I did get to see them play this year. Very quick, very fast. They push the ball and they can hit the three. Haven't thought too much yet about the game plan."

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