The Patterson Mill Huskies girls basketball team won its first region title Friday night, beating host Kent Island, 61-58, for the Class 2A East region crown.
The win earns the Huskies a spot in next week's state semifinals at UMBC. The Huskies will take on Calvert or Glenelg at 3 p.m. Friday. Calvert is the defending 2A state champion.
Early on it looked like the Huskies were in for an easy win, jumping out to a 19-5 first quarter lead. The lead shrunk to 19-10 at the close of the quarter, but the Huskies regained their touch and led 29-15 in the second quarter.
"The kids were ready, they were ready in terms of knowing the personnel," head coach Joyce Jenkins said after the game.
Fouls caused Jenkins go to her bench and sloppy play resulted, allowing the Buccaneers to close up the score. Five unanswered points made it 29-20 and Patterson Mill took a timeout with 3:12 to play in the half.
In the final 3:12, Kent Island outscored Patterson Mill 10-2 to close to within one, 31-30, but junior Morgan Golec nailed a three-point basket at the buzzer to give the Huskies a better cushion, 34-30.
The Huskies came out of the halftime break with six straight points and a 40-30 lead, but the Buccaneers clawed their way back and led 45-44 after three quarters.
A Lauren West steal and Qalea Ismail layup tied the game at 47 early in the fourth and Golec's free throws gave the Huskies a 49-47 lead. They did not trail again.
"I honestly thought, when they got up they were going to take it, but then when we got back up, I knew it, I just knew it. I knew we were going to win and I'm just so excited," Elizabeth Wilson said.
Down the stretch the Huskies made just two of eight free throws, but those were enough to win.
The Huskies were led by Ismail's 20 points and Golec's 15 points. Wilson added nine points.
"I knew we had this game, I knew we had this game from the beginning," Golec said. 'It got scary, but I knew no matter what, we were going to win and go to states."
Ashley Crossman led Kent Island with 15 points.