Key rallies to advance Late flurry tops Poolesville, 37-34 Class 1A, Region II girls


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

The players responded. The timeout came with 2:46 left in the game. Fourth seed Poolesville scored the first eight points of the quarter to take a 32-29 lead.

The rest of the game belonged to Key senior guards Erin Murphey and Shelley Smith, who 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 next face top seed Milford Mill tomorrow.

After Lisa Paoletti banked home a jumper to give Poolesville a 32-29 lead with just under three minutes left, the two Eagles senior guards took over.

Smith started it with a jumper at the 1:58 mark to close Key to within 32-31. 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.

Key opened the quarter with a 29-24 lead, but went cold in the first six minutes against Poolesville's tight 1-3-1 zone. It enabled the Indians to roll off eight straight points to give them a three-point lead before Key rallied.

The biggest lead either team could establish in the first half was six -- owned by Key after Murphey hit a pair of free throws in the opening possession of the second quarter.

But Poolesville scored on its first three trips in the quarter to tie the score at 12 midway through the second.

Smith's jumper with three seconds left in the half gave it a slim 18-16 lead at halftime.

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

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