On a night that Patterson Mill junior Qalea Ismail scored her 1,000th career point, the Huskies rolled past visiting Aberdeen, 67-49, in Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference play.
The win left both teams with 5-1 Chesapeake Division records. No. 11 Aberdeen previously beat Patterson Mill, 61-40, in December.
"I'll be honest with you, I believe in my team so much," Huskies head coach Holly Ismail said. "Over the last couple of weeks, they have shown me so much. I feel like we turned a corner, started really clicking, understanding defenses better."
The Huskies (10-3) got off to a 7-0 start that led to a 14-10 first quarter advantage. Qalea Ismail, who needed 28 points to reach 1,000, scored eight in the opening quarter.
Ismail was sharp in the second quarter, scoring 12 of her game-high 30 points. Five of the 12 points came from free throws after she was fouled driving for a layup.
Despite Ismail's scoring and three fouls for Aberdeen's best player, Stephanie Jones, Aberdeen (9-6) took its only lead, 16-15, with 4:55 left in the half and Jones on the bench.
Eagles guard Lisa Eller scored six points before halftime to lead the Eagles.
The Huskies led 30-26 at the half, but Aberdeen scored the first three points of the third quarter pull within one. Patterson Mill's Khayla Mitchell responded, tossing in a 3-point shot as the 30-second shot clock expired. It was the first of two big shots for Mitchell, who finished with 11 points.
The Huskies pushed the lead to 34-29, but Taylor Cole's three-point play and Katie Sanderson's jumper, locked the game up, 34-34.
Patterson Mill, however, scored the next nine points, which two coming after a technical foul on Aberdeen coach Amber Milnes. Mitchell capped the nine-point run, hitting a jumper along the base line as the third quarter ended.
The basket seemed to energize the Huskies and drain the Eagles. Patterson Mill quickly pushed the lead to double digits, 48-36. The lead was 56-38 with 3:58 left in the game when Jones (seven points) fouled out and Ismail went to the stripe, needing one point.
Ismail missed the first and made the second to set off a celebration at the Huskies bench. The game was paused to acknowledge the accomplishment and her father, former Ravens receiver Qadry Ismail, took the game ball back into the stands.
"I wasn't really expecting to get it," said Qalea Ismail, who scored 20 points by halftime.. "My teammates were excited, so they were reminding me how many I had left."
Huskies point guard Sam Herman contributed 11 points and quality ball control. Nazje Norton was Aberdeen's leading scorer with 12 points.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun