C. Milton Wright senior Sydney Bukowski scored 18 points Thursday night to lead the Mustangs to the UCBAC Chesapeake Division girls basketball title.
The Mustangs (12-0, 18-2) jumped ahead early and never trailed en route to a 41-28 win over host Aberdeen, which was celebrating ‘Senior Night.’
The win completed the Mustangs season sweep of Aberdeen (10-2, 18-2) and gives them the home-court edge should the two meet in the upcoming region playoffs.
"Pound it inside, because we knew they were gonna take away our shooting guards and that's exactly what they did, so we're going on the inside,” Mustangs coach Rebecca Dutko said. “We wanted to slow the game down and make them play defense. This is our chance to slow it down and work our offense."
It worked. Bukowski made her presence known early, scoring a three-point play as the Mustangs led 6-0.
"I think, definitely, because they were playing a 1-2-2, the middle was wide open and I just had to take advantage of that,” Bukowski said. “As a team I think we worked really well at getting it inside and swinging it around the outside and letting other people get a chance to shoot as well."
Both teams actually struggled to score early on and Aberdeen, which shot a very low percentage from the field all game, didn’t score until the 2:41 mark of the opening quarter.
Jae DeVeaux completed a three-point play and it turned out to be all of Aberdeen’s first quarter points. CMW led, 10-3, at quarter’s end.
The Mustangs scored the first five points to open the second quarter and the rout was on.
Bukowski, who scored eight in the first quarter, added four more in the second and all came in the paint. Moriah Snyder added six points in the win, while Sydney Frank and Aubrey Hoover scored five points each.
The 15-3 CMW lead shrunk to eight, 15-7,with 4:37 to play in the half. A timeout by the Mustangs halted the Aberdeen spurt and the quarter ended with the Mustangs outscoring the Eagles, 7-4, for a 22-11 halftime lead.
Any chance Aberdeen had of climbing back into the game were gone with empty-trip-after-empty-trip on the offensive end in the third quarter. Turnovers, missed shots and a couple blocked shots by Bukowski limited Aberdeen to four points in the quarter.
The Mustangs scored four points, too, but they had the 11-point cushion.
The final quarter started with the Mustangs scoring six straight over the first 1:56. That pushed the lead to 17, 32-15, and Aberdeen took one last timeout.
The Eagles found a little better offensive production over the final six minutes, but it was a simple case of too little, too late.
Jae DeVeaux led the Eagles with 12 points. Younger sister Tristyn DeVeaux added eight.
"Anything that could have gone wrong tonight, you just saw it go wrong,” Aberdeen coach Amber Milnes said. “I think we were overshooting the ball, I think we were expecting contact when it wasn’t there or there was contact and we weren’t prepared for it."
Mariners lose on road
Joppatowne (13-1, 17-2) traveled to Bo Manor (13-1, 17-3) Thursday looking to finish the Susquehanna Division undefeated and with the title.
The Eagles had other thoughts and dealt the Mariners a 46-45 loss.