Howard junior Marisa Sanchez-Henry talks about the Lions’ 56-26 victory over C Milton Wright on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.
It didn’t take long Monday for Howard to set the tone against visiting C. Milton Wright.
The Lions raced out to a 14-3 advantage in the opening four minutes on a mix of fast-break layups and 3-point shots, never looking back the rest of the way en route to a 56-26 victory over the Mustangs.
“I thought right at the beginning there we did a good a job defensively and hit a couple big shots. We spread it around pretty well and got two early 3-pointers from Gabby Scott and Lauryn Russell,” Howard coach Scott Robinson said. “Lauryn Russell, especially, has worked so hard in the offseason on her shot and it’s really paying dividends for her so far. I think she hit [four] threes tonight.”
Howard (2-0) ended up with five players scoring eight or more points, led by Russell (12 points) and Scott (10).
On the other side, C. Milton Wright (1-2) was led by Aubrey Hoover’s 10 points. The Mustangs, which went 25-3 a season ago and made the 3A state semifinals, are much younger this winter according to coach Becky Dutko and still figuring out their roles.
“We are really working on building that team chemistry and getting on the same page, which with a young team takes time,” said Dutko, who team lost to North Harford and beat Edgewood in its first two contests. “Playing tough teams like this here at the beginning will help us get better and the big thing is we don’t want them to get down on themselves. We are working to be the best team we can be by the end of the season.”
Howard’s lead swelled to 32-7 by halftime and was 46-18 after three quarters. The large advantage afforded Robinson the opportunity to get some minutes for his bench and he was pleased with the effort from several players getting their first significant varsity action.
“We need to build that depth and every time our bench gets on the floor its an opportunity to show us what they can do. Some of them really took advantage of those minutes,” Robinson said. “I thought Lily Fritz especially really did a nice job off the bench today.”
Howard 56, C. Milton Wright 26
Ho (2-0): Russell 12, Scott 10, Harris 8, Durkee 8, Fritz 8, Sanchez-Henry 5, Spalding 3, Denicola 2.
After trailing by one point at the half, the Gators exploded to outscore the host Raiders by 16 points in the third quarter to create the separation needed to pull out the lopsided victory. Emily Dorn (25 points, 13 rebounds, 7 steals, 6 blocks and 3 assists) and Tiffany Hooker (23 points, 3 assists and 4 threes) each had huge all-around games to lead the way.
Kate Abunassar also chipped in with nine points and five assists for Reservoir.
On the other side, Alex Hargrett paced Atholton with 15 points.
Re (1-1, 1-1): Dorn 25, Hooker 23, Abunassar 9, Bailey 6, Clark 3.
A (0-2, 1-2): A. Hargrett 15, Cannon 9, Blair 8, M. Hargrett 6, Sowah 3, Ruley 1, Perlin 1.