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Seniors stand out in Mustangs' win

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It's hard to get continuity on the court when Mother Nature gets into the mix, but with seven seniors, the Meade boys basketball team rarely misses a beat.

Led by Kodie Jackson's 17 points and Keith Duffin's 12 rebounds, those seven seniors combined to score 63 points and grab 47 boards as the Mustangs knocked off Annapolis on Senior Night, 67-51.

Duffin had 10 points while Jerrel Elder had 13 points and eight rebounds as Meade (16-3) won its seventh straight game and improved to 12-1 in Anne Arundel County.

"On the court, it is never about the individual; we need to work hard and play hard and as a team," Elder said. "People think that one guy does all the scoring, but we have a system, and in that system we work together, and when it is going good, a lot of guys are hitting."

Elder and Jackson were hitting early, combining for 15 points in the first quarter, as Meade jumped out to an 18-9 advantage.

"We have a lot of depth and a lot of young guys who are ready to step up," Jackson said. "We just have a lot of dependable players overall."

Annapolis jumped back into the contest early in the second quarter as Cameron Ford had a 3-pointer and Justin Bates had a couple baskets, but the Panthers (13-5), who lost for the first time in 10 games, struggled with unforced turnovers and shots simply not falling. Credit for a lot of that goes to Meade's defense. The Mustangs had won their last five games by an average of 31 points, and Annapolis rarely gets held in the low 50s in an up-tempo match-up.

"I will take 51 points allowed any night," Meade coach Pete Corriero said. "We have not beaten Annapolis too often, so we will take any win against them. The last three weeks, we went back to the basics with defense for the whole team."

Ford led Annapolis with 13 points and Bates had a team-high eight rebounds. Trey Gross added nine points and six rebounds while Christian Jones and Deontay Savoy had nine points each.

Josh Qualls had 11 points and Hillard Black had eight rebounds for Meade. Tristan Easton spent most of the game as a facilitator, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Mustangs close the regular season with three road games, including a tilt Friday with Old Mill, the last team and the only county squad to defeat Meade.

"That loss to Old Mill just made us work even harder," Qualls said. "We will continue to work harder to get the job done."

The Mustangs finished 11-3 on their home court in the regular season, and expect more success there in the approaching playoffs.

"We lost eight seniors last year and had seven seniors come back, and those seven seniors can make it look easy sometimes," Elder said. "Our senior class is very, very good. We know what we are doing when it comes to playing basketball."

Annapolis (13-5)9171411-51Meade (16-3)18171913-67

Annapolis (51)

Jones 4(1) 0-0 9; Spriggs 1(1) 0-0 3; Cornish 1 0-0 2; Tolliver 0 0-0 0; Gross 2 5-8 9; Ford 5(3) 0-0 13; Savoy 3(1) 2-4 9; Dion 1 0-0 2; DeJesus 0 0-0 0; Bates 2 0-2 4; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Ralph 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19(6) 7-14 51

Meade (67)

Easton 4(1) 0-0 9; Jackson 5(1) 6-8 17; Qualls 4 3-6 11; Sturdivant 1(1) 1-2 4; Duffin 4(1) 1-2 10; Elder 5(1) 2-2 13; Washington 0 0-0 0; Black 1 1-3 3; Huff 0 0-0 0; Williams 0 0-0 0; Thames 0 0-0 0; Cunningham 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24(5) 14-23 67.

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