Rebounding and defense wins games, Francis Scott Key coach Emily Nazelrod said.
The Eagles used those categories to their advantage in a 53-35 victory Monday over Century.
“We were talking about how they were just scoring off transition in the second quarter and we needed to stop that,” Nazelrod said. “They didn’t have a half-court offense or they weren’t executing a half court offense, I should say. We just continued to pressure them and push up on the half court defense and get back on defense as well so they couldn’t have that transition piece.
“Offensively, we’re a really good half-court offensive team. We were able to slow the ball down and swing around and get more opportunities offensively to continue to grow that score.”
Junior forward Bailey Mathias led the Eagles with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Kennedy Cornick added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Century opened a 7-0 run out of the gate with points from Emily Kain, Kaitlyn Huber, and a free throw from Weishaar. FSK scored the next four points to build their comeback and the first quarter ended in a 9-9 tie.
The teams traded a pair of free throws early in the second frame but the Knights maintained their lead. Senior center Kelsey Weishaar’s basket pushed the Knights up by four, 16-12. Free throws from Cornick, Sara Warthen, and Bailey Mathias gave the Eagles their first lead with 4:26 remaining in the first half.
FSK went on a 5-0 run to increase their lead by five. Kain hit two baskets to close out the half with the Knights shy of one point, 26-25.
“At halftime, we thought it was way too close and we came back out wanting those defensive stops,” Mathias said. “We just came together, really focused not to foul and play straight defense.”
The Eagles maintained their composure in the second half and went on an 11-0 run, holding the Knights to just two points in the third frame. held the Knights to just two points in the third frame — a layup from Delaney Tofil with 2:11 remaining.
The free throw battle was won by the Eagles in the final frame, as they went 7-for-12 from the line.
“In the first quarter and the first half we threw the ball away too much and I feel like in the second half, we took care of the ball better, stayed together as a team and got good shots,” Mathias said.
Kain paced the Knights with nine points and Weishaar had six points and nine rebounds.
Francis Scott Key (53): Kennedy Cornick 13, Emily Dell 4, Kirsten Kurtz 5, Bailey Mathias 20, Sara Warthen 6, Rachel Wright 5.