In the words of Korey Fine, Francis Scott Key is prepared to get some "Dubs" this season.
For those who aren't up to date on the lingo, "Dubs" are essentially wins. The Eagles' season-opener against South Carroll resulted in just that, a 51-45 victory led by Fine, a senior guard.
"Honestly, the huge thing is Korey and Heather [Rohwein]'s leadership," Eagles coach Jen Gosselin said. "They're the only seniors on the team. We have one junior and the rest are freshmen and sophomores and I played three freshmen tonight. They were all nervous and even our seniors were nervous. It's our home opener against South Carroll and they're always solid and their leadership on the floor and off the floor, but tonight it was obvious and Korey just led the team."
The Eagles got their offense going early, thanks to a big steal from Fine in the opening minutes. Fine would notch five more steals and cap off the night with a game-high 15 points. Sophomore forward Kennedy Cornick added 13 rebounds.
A 3-pointer from sophomore forward Bailey Mathias sparked a 7-0 run and the Eagles closed out the first frame with a 15-8 lead. Cavaliers junior guard Riley Evans nailed a 3 early in second quarter to bring SC within six. The Cavs used a 6-0 run to inch closer, and freshman forward Rachel Tackett's buzzer-beater brought SC three points shy of a tie.
Cavs senior Bailey Patrick opened the second half with a 5-0 run of her own to give SC its first lead. The Eagles (1-0, 1-0 county) then used an 11-0 surge to pull back ahead and Fine drained a 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 40-30 lead. The Cavs inched closer with a 9-0 spark in the fourth, but were unable to overcome the deficit.
When Fine got caught in foul trouble in the second quarter, Gosselin had to remind her how much of a difference her presence makes. Gosselin said she calms her players down and brings them back together when it's most necessary.
Francis Scott Key grabbed the halftime lead over South Carroll and held on to beat the Cavaliers 62-56 in county boys basketball action Friday night in Winf
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For Fine, she's used to being a confidant for her team. This fall, Fine and Rohwein were the lone seniors on FSK's field hockey team that went 10-4 and played in the Class 1A West Region final.
Fine's basketball instincts are keen, and Gosselin said she can read the game with ease.
"I definitely keep my eye on the ball and talk because everyone is talking and I know where the ball is," Fine said. "I'm looking at the ball so I know when it's coming so I know how to react to it. It's easy to read and I just look at their eyes and that helps."
Patrick scored a team-high 14 points for SC (1-2, 0-1), junior guard Emilee Sheaffer had nine assists, and Evans notched eight rebounds.
"I thought our girls picked it up and I thought they did a good job," Cavs coach Liz Padgett said. "Our goal is to get better every game and I think we put up a good fight in the paint, I think we were down pretty quick early in the game and we were able to pull out of that. The last time we were down by 10, we were able to kind of get in there but it's OK.
"I see some fight in my kids, I see some things I need to see and we're going to get better. We finished that game with a freshman and two sophomores on the court, so we're OK."
South Carroll (45): Bailey Patrick 14, Rachel Tackett 7, Rachel Estes 6, Lilly Cooper 5, Riley Evans 5, Greta Knopp 4, Marlee Carroll 2, Allison Weis 2.
Francis Scott Key (51): Korey Fine 15, Heather Rohwein 11, Kennedy Cornick 10, Rachel Wright 6, Bailey Mathias 5, Ashleigh Zepp 2, Sara Warthen 2.