TOWSON—If Thursday’s Class 3A state semifinal girls basketball game had been all odd quarters, the C. Milton Wright Mustangs would be playing in Saturday’s state title game.
The Mustangs outscored Frederick, 28-13, in the odd quarters, but, the game, which basketball fans know, was not and with the even quarters thrown in, defending 3A champ Frederick (25-2) defeated the Mustangs, 54-37, at the SECU Arena. The loss ended the CMW season at 24-3.
“I coudn’t be more proud of them, they gave 110 percent every game and I’m proud of them,” Mustangs coach Rebecca Dutko said.
The game swung in Frederick’s favor in a second quarter that saw CMW struggle.
The Mustangs took a 13-6 lead into the quarter, but that changed very quickly. The Cadets outscored the Mustangs, 9-2, over the first two minutes to tie the game at 15 and force Mustangs coach Dutko to call timeout.
Frederick scored seven more out of the break before Sydney Bukowksi scored for CMW, but the quarter ended with Frederick outscoring CMW, 26-5, for an 32-18 halftime lead.
“We lost a little momentum, as Frederick started coming back, I think we lost a little confidence as they started cutting down on the lead we lost focus for a second there and that’s when they jumped on us,” Dutko said.
Jalynn Montgomery came off the Frederick bench to score 10 of her 14 points in the quarter. MaKayla Daniels, the high-scoring junior and Arkansas commit, added five in the quarter en route to her game-high 15 points.
“I think our defensive intensity was higher than the first quarter and I think we were focused more. I think we were nervous in the first quarter,” Daniels said.
Despite the solid first quarter, the Mustangs were out-rebounded 25-15 in the half.
The Cadets pushed the lead to its largest early in the third quarter, 38-20, but the Mustangs came alive and on a 13-1 run to close the quarter, the Cadets lead was trimmed to six, 39-33.
Taylor Marchetti scored six straight in the run and Sydney Frank capped it with a three-point shot.
Frederick squashed any further CMW comeback with an 9-1 spurt to begin the final quarter. Daniels scored six as the Cadets opened a 48-34 lead. The lead was 50-36 with 3:01 to play and Frederick calling timeout.
The Mustangs were outscored 15-4, in the final quarter. Frank, a senior, who led the Mustangs with 11 points, five rebounds and a steal, had all four CMW points in the quarter.
Bukowski, a senior, finished with 10 points, five boards and three blocked shots.
“I’m honestly just so proud of where we came, we hadn’t won regionals since 1996 at our school so I’m happy we even got that far,” Bukowski said.
Krysten Linthicum and freshman Rose Bubakar scored nine points each for Frederick. Bubakar also pulled down 11 rebounds.
In that first period, the Mustangs did a nice job handling the Frederick press and they were doing a decent job of limiting the Cadets to one shot at times.
Aubrey Hoover and Moriah Snyder scored five points each in the quarter, but neither scored again.
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