“My team worked together good, we’re not selfish and we work together as a team, so I got most of my passes from the whole team basically,” Tristyn DeVeaux said. “We just work together.”
The Eagles were up 25-14 when Joppatowne’s Destiny Blue tossed in a three-pointer to make it 25-17.
Aberdeen closed the quarter on an 7-2 run to lead by 12, 31-19, at the half.
Joppatowne closed to within nine in the third quarter. Mulizan’s three-point shot made it 35-26, but Aberdeen answered with another run, 7-0, this time. Jae DeVeaux’s three-point play capped the run and aided the Eagles to extend the lead.
The Mariners chiseled a point off the Eagles lead in the final quarter, with Aberdeen settling for the 15-point win. Tristyn DeVeaux led the Eagles with 16 points, despite fouling out with 4:03 to play.
Tatiana Gibson added 11 points, while Jae DeVeaux added nine. Anija Stancell and Lakerra Cooper scored eight points apiece.
Joppatowne’s Mulizan led all scorers with 21 points and KiYah Whitley added nine points.
“We knew that they were a team that liked to press, especially that man-to-man press, so we’ve been practicing on how to use patience, and then good passes in order to get up the floor,” Mariners coach Erica Kelly said. “if I had to look at one thing we could fix tonight, it would have been that defense in the half court set. This was a good game for us, I’m glad we played the game today, the effort was there, it’s just some things we need to fix.”
Leading the Patriots were Jordan Wakefield, 25 points, 11 rebounds; Savannah Simmons, 22 points, seven assists; Kirstin Huggins, 12 points, four rebounds; and Julia Williams, seven points and three assists.