Two days after suffering its second loss of the season to Atholton and losing its first place standing, Howard was prepared to return the favor when the Lions hosted the Raiders Wednesday night.
“Feels really good, our team is really happy and humble to have the first place win. I think the loss kind of gave us a second energy to make sure our team is ready and prepared,” said Lions sophomore forward Taylor Addison after her team came out with the 58-41 win and climbed back atop the county standings. “I think we brought more energy and I think being a home game it brought a lot more energy to it. We’re really excited; we just wanted to take the win.”
After scoring a season-high 68 points against Howard Monday, the Raiders came out flat against the Lions Wednesday and only notched nine points in the first half. Howard (13-2, 16-2) made sure to make every shot difficult for Atholton (11-3, 13-3) and limit second-chance points.
“They’ve got great shooters with great range. We felt we weren’t contesting their shots… and when we watched the film we thought we gave them too many easy looks, which they made – some were tough shots. We really wanted to make sure all of their shots were contested and limit them to one shot,” said Lions coach Scott Robinson. “I thought the girls did a very good job on the boards. I thought we did a good job contesting shots, but you know, Franny Vanegas is hitting one from like 35 feet and there’s nothing you can do about that – but that was our big emphasis.”
Atholton struggled to find the bottom of the hoop in the first half, only totaling four made shots from the field in the first 16 minutes of play. The Raiders were finding good looks, but many of their attempts kept rolling in and out. In the second quarter they had trouble holding onto the ball, as Howard did a nice job defensively of putting pressure in the half-court with its man-to-man defense.
“All around we wanted to pressure more,” Robinson said. “I give credit to the girls they really stepped up.”
The Lions consistently capitalized on the offensive end, working the ball inside to Taylor Addison and Emileigh Scott. Addison did the most damage in the paint, finishing multiple looks underneath the basket, accumulating 10 first-half points and helping Howard to 19-point halftime lead
“I think we still needed to keep the ball moving and make adjustments as it was going,” said Raiders coach Julia Reynold. “Some shots that were falling on Monday allowed us to do different options, whereas tonight it was not the case.”
The third quarter mirrored much of the first two, as the Lions held on to their 19-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes, leading 39-20.
Atholton got its offense going in the fourth quarter, but it still couldn’t find an answer on the defensive end to stop Howard. The Raiders cut the score to as close as 10 after a made 3-pointer by Vanegas made the score 54-41 with 1:09 remaining, but Howard iced the game with its clutch foul shooting, hitting 12-of-12 in the final two minutes of the game, including 6-of-6 in one and one situations.
“I think we just came out flat and couldn’t find the bucket early on and so you’re not going to win a game against a tough opponent like Howard when you start the first quarter like that. But I think my kids fought really hard, especially the fourth quarter we started to play like ourselves, but you got to put the ball in the hoop,” Reynold said. “I think it was just one of those days that it just wasn’t going in, but I think it’s very challenging to play any team on Monday then not have a practice and play them again, that’s tough on the kids.”
Addison led the way for the Lions, netting a game-high 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting, while adding 12 rebounds. Deonna Jones followed, notching 13 points off the bench on a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and adding five rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Scott finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while playing all 32 minutes of the game.
“Taylor has been like that all year. She’s been Ms. Consistent all year,” Robinson said. “I thought D was enormous, she just gave us a huge lift off the bench. She gives us rebounding defensively, strength wise, she took the ball to the hole and she hit some big shots, so she gave us a huge lift. And we tell the girls, you never know when your chance is going to come. There are nights Sam Sagi gives us a big lift, and tonight D gave us an enormous lift.”
For Atholton, Vanegas had a team-high 13 points, netting three shots from beyond the perimeter, while Megan Hart followed with 11 points, with Caitlyn Burmester and Ryan Jones chipping in with seven points each on the night.
“Every game you learn something new,” Reynold added. “You take games like this and take a game like Monday and (ask) what can we do better? What do we need to work on? Each player needs to look at themselves and then put it together as a team, we still need to improve and we still have lots of games left and left in us.”
There is just less than two weeks left of the regular season and the Lions are primed for a county crown if they win the remaining of their games, but after splitting the series, the Raiders can get a share of the county championship if they win out and if Howard loses one more game. Each team has four games left until the season ends, and both are back on the floor Friday with Howard taking on Wilde Lake and Atholton facing off against Mt. Hebron.
“Atholton is a really good team, they have a lot of really good players. It was just a really good win,” Addison added. “We’re really excited. I think our whole team is extremely happy. We always wanted that first place win; we just got to continue it.”
Howard 58, Atholton 41 (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
Ho (13-2, 16-2): Addison 21, Jones 13, Lewis 12, Scott 10, Kinsey 2.
A (11-3, 13-3): Vanegas 13, Hart 11, Burmester 7, Jones 7, Quinn 3.
Glenelg 77, Wilde Lake 22, (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
The Gladiators kept rolling Wednesday, picking up their fifth consecutive win after beating the Wildecats handily on their home floor.
Glenelg held Wilde Lake to a season-low 22 points and allowed just six made shots from the field in the game – four of which were made three’s by senior guard Rachel Lazris.
The Wildecats got most of their offensive production in the first quarter – netting 12 points, but the Gladiators put up 25 points in the first eight minutes, as six different players notched a made bucket in the quarter.
Glenelg put four players in double figures with Jessica Foster (16 points), Chelsea Henggeler (14), Julia Wolfrey (13) and Kellie Johnson (11).
“Jess Foster had a great game not only in points, but had a lot of assists,” Glenelg coach Chris Beil said. “Julia and Chelsea were solid and Kellie did a great job off the bench.”
While missing the majority of the year with an arm injury, Bernice Hanlon sank two buckets in her season debut for Glenelg. She will become a key contributor down the stretch for Beil’s squad, who is primed to make a playoff push once the regular season concludes in two weeks.
For Wilde Lake, Lazris scored a team-high 12 points, followed by Ka’Marie Robinson with three.
Both teams are back in action Friday, with the Wildecats hosting Howard and the Gladiators hosting Oakland Mills.
G (12-3, 15-3): Foster 16, Henggeler 14, Wolfrey 13, Johnson 11, Arrington 6, Mattis 5, Hanlon 4, Lepage 3, Stone 3, Butera 2.
WL (1-13, 1-14): Lazris 12, Robinson 3, Swain 2, Lewis-Turnbo 2, Lee 1.
Half: 45-15 G.
Reservoir 62, Marriotts Ridge 47 (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
After playing three consecutive games on the road last week, the Gators came home and collected their seventh county victory of the season after beating the Mustangs.
Reservoir started off slow, with the Mustangs getting out to a two-point advantage at halftime.
Marriotts Ridge had put the Gators in foul trouble early, but Reservoir dealt with it well and put together what coach Deb Taylor called, “the most outstanding half of basketball of the season.”
The Gators exploded for 38 second-half points and saw their lead balloon to as much as 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Despite playing without starting senior forward Mary Dudzinksi, Reservoir put up their highest scoring mark of the season and breaking 60-plus points for the first time all year.
“Good decisions, low turnovers, efficient shooting and our best team defense of the season,” Taylor said. “We controlled the glass and had a lot of transition baskets.”
Freshman Emily Dorn led the way for the Gators, putting up 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while Kayla Wilson followed offensively with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Haley Tiller and sophomore forward Nia Powell also played well for Taylor’s group, as Tiller finished the night with 11 points, four steals, while hitting a productive 8-of-9 from the foul line, with Powell notching 11 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.
For Marriotts Ridge Caroline Blalock amassed a team-high 13 points and added two steals and three assists to her stat line, while Brianna Held followed with nine points, two steals and two assists. Hope Morath chipped in with eight points, while Makenzie Hockensmith added eight boards to go along with her two points.
Wednesday’s contest was Reservoir’s “Pink Out Game,” which raised money for Breast Cancer awareness. Proceeds from the game went to the Get In Touch Foundation, which Dudzinski is the ambassador of. Dudzinski unfortunately did not suit up for the Gators due to a knee injury.
Both teams are back on the floor Friday, as the Mustangs host Hammond, with Reservoir staying home to take on Centennial.
Re (7-9, 9-10): Dorn 21, Wilson 16, Powell 11, Tiller 11, Fourney 2.
MR (3-11, 3-12): C. Blalock 13, Held 9, Morath 8, S. Blalock 6, Conroy 3, Stepke 2, Sullivan 2, Hockensmith 2, Meininger 2.
Half: 26-24 MR.
River Hill 54, Mt. Hebron 37 (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
After coming off one of their worst offensive performances of the season, the Hawks bounced back and put up one of their highest scoring efforts of the year in the 17-point victory over the visiting Vikings Wednesday.
River Hill claims its second win of the season over Mt. Hebron, as the Hawks defeated the Vikings on Dec. 21 45-42 on the Vikings home floor.
The Hawks, who claimed their fifth county win Wednesday with the win, were led by seniors Sydney Poindexter and Tiffany Howell, who netted 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Freshman guard Maura Devine put up a team-high 10 points on the night for Mt. Hebron, while senior forward Peyton LeConte followed with eight points.
The Vikings and Hawks are back on the floor Friday night, as Mt. Hebron hosts Atholton and the Hawks hit the road to face Long Reach.
RH (5-10, 7-10): Poindexter 13, Howell 11, Owens 8, Grasso 8, Hopkins 6, Dawit 4, King 4.
MH (7-8, 8-9): M. Devine 10, LeConte 8, S. Devine 5, Demek 4, Williams 4, Krell 4, Rodriguez 2.
Half: 31-21 RH.
Long Reach 50, Centennial 48 (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
The Lightning narrowly defeated the visiting Eagles Wednesday, coming away with their second consecutive win.
Long Reach came out with a 13-9 advantage after the first quarter, but Centennial held the Lighting to just three made baskets in the second period, which helped cut its deficit 20-18 heading into halftime.
The second half was evenly matched on both sides. Long Reach had no answer to the Eagles Kelly Simmons’ size inside, as the sophomore forward posted 10 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile junior Emily Joyce and freshman Lyric Swann went off for the Lightning. Joyce netted all of her eight points in the final eight minutes, while Swann totaled seven of her 12 points in the fourth. But it was sophomore guard Kiana Williams who notched a team-high with 13 points for Long Reach.
Seniors Kewa Gray and Ally Driscoll followed Simmons offensively for Centennial, registering 10 and eight points, respectively.
The Eagles stay on the road Friday when they take on Reservoir, while Long Reach will host River Hill.
LR (11-5, 12-5): K. Williams 13, Swann 12, Joyce 8, D. Williams 7, Briggs-Hall 5, Ezimako 4, Thompson 2.
C (8-7, 10-8): Simmons 21, Gray 10, Driscoll 8, McCree 4, Bumbray 3, Conley 2.
Half: 20-18 LR.
Glenelg Country 58, Beth Tfiloh, 27 IAAM C Quarterfinal (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
In a quarterfinal matchup Wednesday, the Dragons cruised to a 31-point victory to get one step closer to an IAAM championship title.
Glenelg Country played smothering defense that caused the Warriors into numerous turnovers. Their mistakes allowed the Dragons to jump out to a 20-3 first quarter lead and they never relinquished momentum from then on en route to the 58-27 win.
“Disciplined team play at both ends of the court allowed us to slowly expand that lead into the 31-point victory,” Glenelg Country coach Ed Conroy said.
Freshman Olivia O’Leary put up a team-high 17 points, while fellow freshmen Brianna Chun and Taylor Denny followed with 11 points each, respectively.
The Dragons will face Mt. Carmel – who defeated Concordia Prep in the quarterfinal round – Friday at Glenelg Country School in the semifinal matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
GCS (14-1): O’Leary 17, Chun 11, Denny 11, Gillis 8, Hursey 6, Saum 3, Hankins 2.
BTS (14-11): Vogelstein 12, Hamburg 6, Messafi 5, Gardenhaus 2, Cohn 2.
Half: 35-12 GCS.
Hammond 39, Oakland Mills 38 (Wednesday, Feb. 10)
The Golden Bears came away with their second consecutive win Wednesday night, narrowly defeating the hosting Scorpions.
The scoring tilted back-and-forth throughout, but to start the first quarter, Hammond jumped out to a 16- 5 advantage, thanks mostly in part to its hot three-point shooting. The Golden Bears knocked down four shots from behind the arc in the first eight minutes and proceeded to make four more three’s by games end.
Hammond couldn’t continue its hot hand in the second period, as Oakland Mills held the Golden Bears to just two baskets, allowing the Scorpions to climb out of the 11-point deficit from the first quarter. Entering halftime, however, Hammond clung onto a five-point advantage.
Ny’Jayah Lockwood and Theda Jackson, as they’ve done all season, led Oakland Mills throughout the game, but it was their second-half performance that got the Scorpions in position to win.
Jackson netted 10 of her 16 points in the second half, and sank a productive 4-of-5 from the foul line. Meanwhile, Lockwood put up a game-high 19 points in the outing, scoring 12 in the final 16 minutes.
However, Hammond held off Oakland Mills just enough to take the victory. Senior guard Shawnice King led the way, registering a team-high 15 points, including 10 in the second half to close out the game. Freshman Marley Grenway followed with 12 points, as she did all of her damage from three-point land. All four of her made shots from the field were from beyond the perimeter.
The victory puts the Golden Bears over the .500 mark in county play, while the Scorpions concede their fifth consecutive game in league action, after winning two in a row.
Hammond and Oakland Mills are back at it Friday, with the Golden Bears heading to Marriotts Ridge and the Scorpions traveling to Glenelg.
Ha (7-6, 8-6): S. King 15, Grenway 12, Reid 6, Liguori 6.
OM (3-12, 5-13): Lockwood 19, Jackson 16, Pacheco 2, Weiss 1.
Half: 21-16 Ha.