Catonsville High’s four starters back from last year’s Class 4A state championship team played their usual solid game on Saturday afternoon in the No. 5 Comets' 63-37 win over No. 11 Mount de Sales, but it was a pair of reserves who provided a lift that helped the host Comets (2-1) win the Catonsville Cup for the fist time in the five-year history.
The money raised from the tournament, which also included a varsity game, in which the Mount St. Joseph boys defeated Catonsville, 81-50, will go to the Keely Kares Foundation, in support of Keely Horch.
At age 12, Horch, a Catonsville resident, was diagnosed with pneumococcal disease, a bacterial infection that led to severe swelling in her brain and spinal cord damage.
“It was a great crowd and it was a great cause,” Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said.
The girls game was shaping up to be close after the Comets led 15-13 after the first quarter.
Stashia Daniels (8 rebounds, 6 points), Jameila Barrett (7 rebounds, game-high 16 points) and McLean (7 rebounds) were also strong on the boards for the Comets.
Catonsville junior point guard Gabby Douglas contributed all seven of her points, including a three-pointer, in the first half, and two of her four assists were to Chambers for treys in the second quarter.
A three-pointer by Rachel Krug cut Catonsville’s 10-point halftime lead to 33-26 and a free throw by Allie Berlin made it 33-27 with 5:44 left in the third quarter, but the Comets responded with a 20-4 run to close the quarter and take a 53-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
McLean had eight points during the stretch.
“What we talked about at halftime is, ‘Why are we not getting it inside every play’” Mohler said.