Liv Storer said one of McDaniel’s main points of focus this season has been “getting off the bus.”
The Green Terror use this saying to describe setting forth an early level of intensity each time they set foot on the court — start hard and never lose that drive. They maintained that intensity against Centennial Conference foe Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays outlasted the Terror 55-50 at Gill Center on Wednesday.
Storer, a junior forward, and Anna Mondoro led the Terror with 12 points apiece.
The last time the teams met, the Blue Jays used a 15-4 lead after the first quarter to cruise past the Green Terror 61-38 on Nov. 20.
“They are a really good team and they’ve got everything you need for things to go well,” Storer said. They’ve got a really great post, unreal shooters and a great point guard so really the benchmark of the Centennial Conference. The last time we played them was our first conference game and it’s down there and that’s always a tough place to go.
“Compared to the last time we played them, we just learned so much about how to play together and how to run our new offenses.”
Storer added praise for the Terror’s defensive showing against the Blue Jays and said the transition has been much better.
McDaniel used a 6-0 scoring run in the first quarter to garner an 8-4 lead over Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays scored four straight to tie the teams 8-8. Terror sophomore guard Caroline Ward landed a shot as time expired, thanks to an assist from senior guard Renie Tsomos, to give the Green Terror a two-point advantage at the end.
Blue Jays junior guard Maggie Modicka hit a 3-pointer about two minutes into the second quarter to push the visitors over the edge by one. The Terror scored just six points in the frame, and four of those came from Storer.
Storer hit a jumper shot close to the buzzer to bring the Terror within three, 19-16.
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McDaniel outscored Hopkins 19-17 in the third quarter with the help of an early 7-0 run that helped the Green Terror pick up their first lead over the Blue Jays (17-3, 13-2 Centennial). They extended that lead to 28-23 but five straight points from Hopkins tied it up.
Mondoro scored nine of her 12 points in the third quarter, and all of them came from 3s.
“Having her as a 3-point shooter, it doesn’t seem like a lot between two points and three points but it gives you a little more of a break over the other team,” Storer said. “Her shooting can be a real spark for us, there’s nothing worse than having an opposition person shoot a 3 in your face so it pegs them down one, she’s a really handy player to have and has definitely won us a lot of games this year with her shooting.”
The Green Terror led 34-29, their largest of the game, before the Blue Jays fought back to regain the lead at the break.
The teams battled in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays maintained their lead. Tsomos notched eight of her 10 points in the final frame, using six straight to close out the scoring for the Green Terror.
“I need to credit Hopkins, they played really well and made shots down the stretch they needed to to win the game,” Green Terror interim head coach Rick Little said. “There was that one critical block charge call on us which took points away and gave them possession and when it’s a two-possession game in the last two minutes, I think there was 3:25 left, there’s plenty of time still for us to re-cover but then they took so long to discuss it so that took some momentum away too.
“You’re going to get breaks like that but I was telling their coach, to beat the top teams in the conference, we need to be near perfect and we were very close to perfect tonight.”