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Catonsville dominates from start to finish in Baltimore County championship game win over Pikesville

Catonsville girls win Baltimore County basketball title

Catonsville High opened the girls Baltimore County championship game with a15-0 run and they coasted to a 76-41 victory over Pikesville at Towson University’s SECU Arena on Tuesday night.

Jasmine Dickey (20 points), Jameila Barrett (19) and Gabby Douglas (15) led the No. 4 Comets (19-3).

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No. 13 Pikesville (19-2) was led by Charia Roberts (18).

Aysia Ferguson scored all nine of her points in the first quarter when the Comets built a 23-6 lead.

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“The first five minutes might have been the best we’ve played all year,” Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said. “We just really kind of caught them off guard and just dominated. We had them flustered and it was just great to see. We just really stifled them in the beginning.”

Ferguson scored the first four points of the game and Barrett had four offensive rebounds in the first 3:18.

She added six points in the quarter.

Pikesville’s first field goal came from Kayla Jackson with 3:43 left, making it 15-3.

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“I think those first few minutes was the nerves and that’s one of the things we were concerned about was the nerves,” Pikesville coach Michael Dukes said.

Douglas made two three-pointers and scored nine points in the second quarter when the lead stretched to 45-22.

“My biggest worry was knowing they were a pretty experienced veteran group and they definitely came out and showed that without question,” Dukes said. “Dickey and Barrett are just outstanding ballplayers and you can’t afford to get in a hole against a team like Catonsville.”

Pikesville’s defensive intensity picked up in the third quarter, but so did the Comets, especially Dickey, who had four of her game-high nine steals early in the quarter.

“We wanted to get a championship for coach Mike and for ourselves and for our team, so our mindset when we got into the game was keep fighting and keep pushing,” said Dickey, who also added 12 rebounds. “If we are down, or we are up, we are going to keep fighting and we are going to set that tempo early and that’s what we did.”

Dickey, who will play at Delaware University next season, and Barrett, who will play at Norfolk State, were relentless on the boards and with defensive pressure all night.

“It’s just having an IQ for the game and knowing where the pass is going to be, because our coach is always telling us to cheat up or play both sides,” Dickey said.

Pikesville was held to just five field goals, including a three-pointer by Kayla Jackson, in the second half and the Comets pulled away in the final quarter.

Roberts got off to a slow start offensively with only two points in the first quarter, but she poured in 10 in the second.

“Roberts has really been a key for us all year and she was a little nervous coming out and wasn’t able to finish a lot of opportunities,” Dukes said.

The win for the defending state champions avenged a loss to New Town in last year’s county title game.

Mohler refrained from reminding his girls that he was to blame for that loss, but he could tell they knew.

“I think by the way they played in the first quarter, they remembered what happened,” he said.

Dickey hopes they can keep up the intensity through the regional tournament and into the state tournament.

“I’m excited,” Dickey said. “I think we can get another one honestly, but it comes with hard work and it comes with keeping up the same energy and intensity, like we did in the first quarter and keep it up for the whole game.”

Catonsville gets a first-round bye in the Class 4A North Region tournament and will play the winner of the Western-Mervo game at Catonsville High on Feb. 27.

Pikesville is the top seed in the Class 1A North Region and also has a bye. They will play the winner of Loch Raven and Carver in the second round on Feb. 27.

“We definitely felt like this game would help us going into the state tournament, so I think it will help us on every aspect in terms of just going back to the board and really just getting the kids refocused,” Dukes said.

Scoring

Catonsville 76

Jasmine Dickey 20, Jameila Barrett 19, Gabby Douglas 15, Aysia Ferguson 9, Stashia Daniels 8, Maddi McLean 2, Sophi Wrisk 2, Cerenity Chambers 1.

Pikesville 41

Charia Roberts 18, Kayla Jackson 7, Teylah Saunders 5, Kristen Sterling 5, Keonte Lewis 4, Tyra Robinson 2.

Half: Catonsville 45-22

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