With Amber Milnes back at the head coaching position, Aberdeen opened the girls basketball season on the road in Perryville Tuesday night.
The short trip was a good trip as the Eagles led big early and rolled to an 63-26 win.
C. Milton Wright also opened with a win Tuesday, while Havre de Grace, Patterson Mill, Edgewood and North Harford did not.
“We’re definitely trying to put the emphasis back on our defense again this year,” coach Milnes said. “We have a lot of girls on the team this year and just trying to tighten up the defense, make sure their traps are where they need to be, just hustle, play good ‘D’ and hope it leads to offense.”
That’s exactly what happened in the game’s first few minutes. Aberdeen applied a full court, man-to-man press and it gave Perryville big problems. Steal-after-steal gave the Eagles easy looks, but fortunately for the Panthers, not all the shots went in.
Enough though to push the Eagles out to an 8-0 lead. Perryville could not get a shot off and when they finally did, it was Brianna Yadlosky who took it and made it. “I really think we just panicked with the ball,” Yadlosky said. “It think it took us a little bit to get ready and get prepared with the ball, but I think if we work on it, we’ll get a lot more shots off from the floor.”
Jae DeVeaux’s three-point play boosted the Aberdeen lead to 16-3 and the first quarter ended 16-5. DeVeaux scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter off four layups and three free throws.
“It really doesn’t matter to me, anyway I can get some points, anyway I can get my team involved, then it doesn’t matter to me,” DeVeaux said.
The Eagles scored the first four points in the second quarter and an agitated Perryville first year coach Amanda Wolfe called timeout and in the process, drew a technical foul.
The quarter didn’t get much better for the Panthers, who were outscored 22-10 in it. Anija Stancell (13 points) scored the final five points in the quarter to give Aberdeen a commanding 38-15 halftime lead.
The Eagles scored 18 in the third quarter. Six coming from Zakeya Jones, whose two, three-point baskets pushed the lead to 54-19 and a 35-point margin to engage the running clock.
Both teams scored seven points in the final quarter and someone other than Yadlosky scored a basket. Yadlosky made three and finished with 14 points to pace the Panthers. Janine Nin had the other basket. Jordyn Pollitt added six points.
“The beginning, it’s the first time we’ve been pressed like that. We’ve seen presses from other teams in the past last season, but it wasn’t a full on man, in your face defense,” Panthers coach Wolfe said. “I think we struggled with it in the first and second quarter, but around halftime, we were able to realize that if we were to square up and see our options toward the basket, use a ball fake, we were able to break the press.”