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F. S. Key rallies to slip past Poolesville, 37-34


After seeing his Eagles trail for the first time in the second half, Francis Scott Key coach Brian Hollingsworth called timeout with 2:46 left in the game and told his team "there's no tomorrow."

The players responded.

After fourth seed Poolesville scored the first eight points of the quarter to take a three-point lead, the rest of the game belonged to Key senior guards Erin Murphey and Shelley Smith. They scored the Eagles' last eight points to help in a 37-34 win in a Class 1A, Region II opening-round playoff game last night in Montgomery County.

"A lot of them said they weren't ready to play spring sports just yet," said Hollingsworth, whose team will face top seed Milford Mill tomorrow.

Smith started the rally with a jumper at the 1:58 mark. Murphey then hit four straight free throws -- the first two coming on a one-and-one -- to give the Eagles a 35-32 lead with 1:29 left.

Smith followed with a steal and two more free throws to push the lead to 37-32 with 59 seconds left.

A jumper by Poolesville's Kelly Swick with 35 seconds left cut the lead to 37-34.

Murphey led all scorers with 12, and Smith finished with eight. Jennifer Polak led the Indians with 10.

Playing without regulars Amber Smith and Mandy Hansborough, the Eagles also got solid efforts from Ritcey (seven points) and Becky Tregoning (six), along with Melissa Cavey, Melanie Montgomery and Tina Smith.

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