When Fallston visited Havre de Grace Thursday night for a non-division girls basketball game between UCBAC schools, both were looking to get a win to get the season off to a decent start.
It was all Fallston (1-0) who jumped out to an 9-1 lead and never looked back. The Cougars won easily, 40-5.
Senior Maria Tamaris came off the bench to provide the early spark the Cougars needed. Tamaris made a three-point shot and then added two free throws to give the Cougars the 9-1 lead.
“I just came out and I scored,” Tamaris said. Tamaris, a senior and regular starting guard, added another three in the quarter and finished the quarter with nine points. “We had some pre-game issues that were out of our control, but having her come in and shoot that 3, was super fitting for her,” Cougars coach Renee Badger said.
The Warriors (0-2) struggled throughout the game to score. Good shots, bad shots, it didn’t matter. The ball did not find the basket. “I think we just need to practice harder when we get to practice, work on different things,” Warriors junior Kayla Sumpter said.
The Cougars lead grew to 23-2 at the half. Both Havre de Grace points came from the free throw line.
It was 30-2 in the final 10 seconds of the third quarter when Havre de Grace made its only basket. Shanique Oliver made the basket, a three-pointer.
The final quarter saw the Cougars outscore the Warriors 10-0 to finish off the win, the first for new head coach Badger. “It’s nice to get the first one out, like the nervous jitters I have been having, and we were able to play well and work on some things that hopefully we can carry into the rest of the season,” Badger said.
Tamaris finished with 13 points, two rebounds, three steals and three assists. Jessie Clark added eight points on 4-of-7 shooting. Angelica Quintero finished with six points and six rebounds.