It was an ugly start for the Severna Park girls basketball team.
Luckily for the Falcons, it turned into a beautiful finish.
After scoring just two points in the first quarter and falling behind by 15 points midway through the second quarter of Friday’s game at South River, the Falcons rallied to make it a game by halftime and stayed close through the second half before eventually pulling out a 38-33 victory.
Severna Park (10-3) trailed 10-2 after one and found itself in a 19-4 hole before going on a 15-0 run to tie the game. The Falcons trailed by two at the half and by five early in the third quarter before taking their first lead of the game in the final seconds of the third quarter.
“We kept our cool, which was the main thing," Severna Park coach Kristofer Dean said. "We’ve been down here in a game where we didn’t keep our cool a few years ago and we got run out of the gym. We created some turnovers and started running the floor a little bit better, and obviously started hitting some shots."
Cam Chew wasn’t the leading scorer for the Falcons, but she scored six of her seven points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws that put the Falcons up for good at the two-minute mark. She hit two more free throws with eight seconds left after the Seahawks misfired on a chance to tie the game. She also had a key defensive stop and a defensive rebound in the final 30 seconds.
“I really think we stepped up on defense, and also our offense stepped up,” Chew said. “It feels good, especially hitting those free throws that put us up.”
Jess Albert led the Falcons with 14 points, including eight during the second-quarter run that prevented the game from turning into a rout. She also teamed with Chew for a key defensive stop late in the game, grabbed six rebounds and made four steals.
Kaila Stasulli (eight points, three rebounds, three assists) and Lena McLaughlin (four points, seven rebounds) also hit big shots in the fourth for the Falcons, who improved to 6-2 in the county.
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“This is a big win for our girls to show we can play with the best,” Dean said. “Defensively, we’re good. We just need to continue to get better on the offensive side.”
Julia Fitzwater, who earlier this week went over 1,000 points for her career, hit four 3-pointers and led the Seahawks with 14 points. Ashlynn Burrows added nine points for South River, which fell for the first time in county play.
The Seahawks (11-2) scored just 12 points in the second half.
“They hit some baskets and our offense sputtered,” South River coach Mike Zivic said. “We just didn’t play well and hat’s off to them, they wanted it more. We didn’t execute and we did some stuff that was uncharacteristic of us.”