It took Oakland Mills nearly five minutes into the game before finding its first bucket, but once it did, the Scorpions poured it on, scoring a season-high 70 points in a 49-point rout of hosting Wilde Lake Saturday afternoon.
“I feel good since it’s my last regular season game,” said Oakland Mills senior Ny’Jayah Lockwood after the 70-21 win. “We tried our best, coming back from a good loss yesterday, we just had to come out in our last game and make it good… That’s what your supposed to do. Like I said, it’s our last game, seniors were taking over, that’s it.”
The Scorpions dominated from the start, rushing out to an 11-0 advantage after the first eight minutes were up.
They held the Wildecats without a made basket until the 4:49 mark of the second quarter and at that point, the Scorpions had extended their lead by 18.
“I think we were able to run in transition and get some of those buckets that we’ve been talking about all season,” said Oakland Mills coach Christina Hewitt. “So that was good. Some things fell for us today.”
Lockwood was the catalyst for the Scorpions in the second quarter, as she netted 12 of her final 16 points in the period. She helped Oakland Mills gain a 27-5 cushion at the break.
The Scorpions continued their surge in the third quarter, recording 24 points in the eight minutes. Senior Theda Jackson did the most damage during that span, connecting on six made shots from the floor and totaling 18 of her game-high 24 points in the period.
“I mean it’s definitely nice,” Hewitt said of the large win. “It’s our last game before we’re going to go to playoffs. Hopefully we can build on it.”
Oakland Mills headed into the fourth quarter touting a 53-11 advantage, but Wilde Lake kept fighting through the last eight minutes and nearly recorded more points in the period (10) than it had all game (11).
“We got to continue to play hard and aggressive,” said Wildecats coach Karen Haver. “We can’t slow down. It doesn’t matter if what the score is, we didn’t win the first, second or third quarter, we got to win the fourth quarter. We just had to go out and be as aggressive as you can.”
Tess Kostelec owned a team-high seven points for Wilde Lake, followed by Jazmia Perry (4), Kiarra Lewis-Turnbo (3) and Tyler Teachman (3).
Key role players stepped up for Oakland Mills in the fourth quarter, as four different Scorpions either matched or surpassed their season-high in the game.
“It was great,” Hewitt said. “I was very impressed with the way Carrie (Beha) played and Rebecca (Collins), DeShawna (Fowler), so I was very impressed.”
Beha, Fowler and Collins each finished with a season-high of four and two points, respectively, while Lilly Eldridge matched her best, with five-point in the game. Kyrah Pacheco followed Jackson and Lockwood offensively, registering 11 points.
“It felt good because we know that they look up to us, so even when we’re not in the game, we got to support them out there,” Lockwood said. “They still had that same intensity from the beginning and they just played ball.”
For the Wildecats, who also came off a tough game Friday against Marriotts Ridge, had a few starters out Saturday.
“A lot of injuries. We have a whole different mix that we’re mixing with and trying to make things jell. Between starters that can’t be here, and then we got two starters that are injured that can’t play at all, it makes a big difference,” Haver said. "I think when we’re cramping up and everything and moving quickly, I (don’t want to) jeopardize their health, so we got to try and maneuver around and try to come back, which didn’t happen. We cramped up last night and we couldn’t come back this morning too well.”
Despite the loss, Wilde Lake has played hard throughout the season and has a big win over a top-four team in Long Reach. With one more game left on the schedule, Haver is hoping to get some practice time in and build toward a successful post season.
“I think if we get the team back together and work as a team, jell back in and not have so many snow days hopefully where we lose practice time to be able to adjust things,” she said. “Then hopefully we can come back and be ready for playoffs.”
For the Scorpions, they end the regular season on a high-note and compiled with their veteran experience after a deep playoff run a season ago, Oakland Mills is looking forward for another long postseason push.
“I absolutely hope so,” Hewitt said. “They were there, they know what it feels like and they know what we have to do in order to win and move on. So hopefully they’ll step up.”
“I’m very confident,” Lockwood added. “This is my last year playing high school basketball and once we get (to the playoffs) we can continue to win.”
Oakland Mills 70, Wilde Lake 21 (Saturday, Feb. 20)
OM (4-15, 6-15): Jackson 24, Lockwood 16, Pacheco 11, Eldridge 5, Fowler 4, Beha 4, Collins 2.
WL (1-15, 1-16): Kostelec 7, Perry 4, Lewis-Turnbo 3, Teachman 3, Robinson 2, Lee 2.
Half: 27-5 OM.
Howard 54, Hammond 36 (Saturday, Feb. 20)
Not even 24 hours after clinching a county championship title, the Lions got back to work Saturday afternoon and earned their 20th win of the year after beating the hosting Golden Bears.
Howard jumped out t o a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and limited the Golden Bears to five made shots from the floor in the first half.
The Lions held a nine-point advantage heading into the second half, as both offenses had its most prolific scoring surge in the third quarter. Howard recorded 19 points in the period, with five different players registering a point. Hammond netted 16 points in the eight minutes and was led by freshman Imani Reid, who totaled all eight of her points in the quarter.
But the Golden Bears couldn’t continue with their offensive output, as they were held without a basket in the entire fourth quarter, which allowed the Lions to come away with the double-digit victory.
Sophomore forward Taylor Addison notched a game-high 15 points, while juniors Emileigh Scott and Sam Lewis followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively for Howard.
Shawnice King led Hammond with nine points, followed by Reid and fellow freshman Marely Grenway, who both totaled eight points in the outing. Two of Grenway’s three buckets were from beyond the perimeter.
Ho (17-2, 20-2): Addison 15, Scott 14, Lewis 11, Jones 6, Furr 4, Eich 4.
Ha (7-10, 8-10): S. King 9, Reid 8, Grenway 8, D. Abel 3, Liguori 3, G. Abel 3, Burns 2.
Half: 25-16 Ho.
Long Reach 59, River Hill 37 (Saturday, Feb. 20)
En route to winning their fifth consecutive game, the Lightning ended the Hawks three game win streak in the process, as Long Reach defeated visiting River Hill by a convincing 22-point margin Saturday.
The Hawks dug themselves in a hole early, netting just five points in the first quarter and sinking only one made shot from the field. It allowed the Lightning to get out to an 11-5 advantage after the first and ultimately, they went into halftime with a 19-15 lead.
Long Reach’s offense exploded for 22 points in the third quarter, as five different players notched at least two points in the period. The Lightning followed up with a 19-point fourth quarter, which aided the wide margin of victory.
Sophomore Kiana Williams led the way for Long Reach, totaling a game-high 27 points, as she hit nine shots from the floor and four from behind the perimeter. Freshman Lyric Swann followed Williams offensively, posting 16 points in the win and hitting a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Sydney Poindexter was the catalyst River Hill, as the senior forward registered a team-high 16 points and hit a productive 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Jess Hopkins followed Poindexter offensively, netting 10 points – eight of which came in the third period, while freshman guard Jules Grasso matched her season-high in the game, chipping in with eight points.
LR (14-5, 15-5): K. Williams 27, L. Swann 16, D. Williams 8, Briggs-Hall 7, Ezimako 5.
RH (7-11, 9-11): Poindexter 16, Hopkins 10, Grasso 8, Howell 2, Dawit 1.
Half: 19-15 LR.
Atholton 46, Marriotts Ridge 38 (Saturday, Feb. 20)
The Raiders, coming off a rare loss Friday night, bounced back Saturday afternoon and earned their 15th win of the season.
It was a game of runs to start in the first half. Marriotts Ridge stormed out to a 6-0 lead to start the first quarter, but Atholton countered with a 12-2 run to end the period, going up 12-8 after the first eight minutes.
The Raiders built off their momentum heading into the second, starting the quarter off on a 8-0 run, but the Mustangs ended their surge by going on a 17-0 run of their own and gaining a 25-20 cushion heading into halftime. The Mustangs made it rain from three in the second period, as Mallory Conroy and Caroline Blalock each netted a trey, while Brianna Held drained two three’s in the eight minutes.
Atholton responded in the third quarter and managed to take back the lead entering the fourth quarter – up by one. The Raiders held the momentum through the final eight minutes, as it was able to build on its cushion, which forced Marriotts Ridge to intentionally foul late to stop the clock. Atholton managed to hit clutch free throws down the stretch and iced the victory.
The Raiders connected on 11-for14 from the line in the game, good for 78 percent. Ryan Jones led the team with 14 points, as she finished 7-of-7 of her free throws, while Caitlyn Burmester followed offensively, netting 20 points in the win and hitting five made shots from the field.
Sarah Blalock claimed a team-high 15 points for the Mustangs, while Held and Caroline Blalock followed with nine and six points, respectively. Caroline Blalock also dished out six assists in the game, while Hope Morath pulled down seven boards to go along with her two points.
A (13-4, 15-4): Jones 14, Burmester 10, Owens 8, Hart 8, Quinn 4, Simons 2.
MR (4-13, 4-14): S. Blalock 15, Held 9, C. Blalock 6, Conroy 4, Morath 2, Hockensmith 2.
Half: 25-20 MR.
Centennial 32, Reservoir 29 (Saturday, Feb. 20)
The Eagles ended their regular season on a two-game winning streak Saturday, after defeating the hosting Gators.
Centennial – which has now won four out of their last six games, with its only losses in that span coming against county champs Howard and fourth-place Long Reach – is peaking at the right time as it enters postseason play next week.
Reservoir did nice job limiting the Eagles and the league’s leading scorer, sophomore forward Kelly Simmons to nine points in the contest – matching her season-low. However, Centennial countered with senior Kewa Gray who was the catalyst offensively, as she finished with a team-high 16 points in the game.
Gray found some soft spots in the Gators aggressive zone defense, which kept the Eagles to one of their lowest scoring marks of the season.
Reservoir – playing without starting guard Haley Tiller for the second consecutive game and key role players, Ashley Gray and Nia Powell – only suited up seven players for the game. But despite the lack of depth, Reservoir battled Centennial down to the wire, narrowly coming away with the win.
Kayla Wilson had another terrific game for the Gators, netting a game-high 19 points, while adding eight boards and three steals to her stat line. Freshman Emily Dorn and senior Mary Dudzinski –who celebrated her Senior Night Saturday, along with fellow fourth-year Bianca McDuffie – dominated off the glass, combining for 24 rebounds in the game. Dorn registered six points, 11 boards and four blocks, while Dudzinski totaled four points, 13 boards, two assists and three steals in her last regular season game.
“Kayla Wilson was tremendous,” said Reservoir coach Deb Taylor. “She showed tremendous poise and leadership in leading our very depleted team tonight. (Dudzinski) and Emily had to play a ton of minutes with the loss of Nia (at the forward position) and were so active on the boards.”
The Gators netted 11 made shots from the floor, including two from beyond the perimeter, while connecting on 5-of-9 from the line. Centennial also hit 11 from the field, but drained three shot from distance and sank 7-of-12 from the charity stripe, which seemed like the difference in the three-point game.
“I’m so incredibly proud of how this team battled tonight through all our adversity,” Taylor added. “They show such character and poise and are on the verge of the signature win we are looking for. I feel privileged to coach this group of young ladies.”
C (11-7, 13-8): Gray 16, Simmons 9, Driscoll 5, McCree 2.
Re (7-12, 9-13): Wilson 19, Dorn 6, Dudzinski 4.
Half: 17-13 C.