Stone girls bas­ket­ball de­feats West­lake

St. Charles boys down Leonard­town; girls lose at buzzer

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

Com­ing off a his­toric win over North Point just two days prior, there was not much time to cel­e­brate for St. Charles’ boys bas­ket­ball team. The Spar­tans had to move on to their next test, trav­el­ing down to Leonard­town for a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con­test Fri- day night.

St. Charles (8-2 over­all af­ter a 62-55 over­time win over McDonough on Mon­day night) set­tled in from the start, get­ting out to a 38-13 lead by half­time and com­ing away with a 5545 win. The Raiders (1-6) made a push to come back in the sec­ond half but were un­suc­cess­ful de­spite outscor­ing the Spar­tans 14-4 in the fourth quar­ter.

Spar­tans head coach Brett Camp­bell agreed that there is never a com­fort­able lead, es­pe­cially in high school bas­ket­ball.

“We tell the guys that this is var­sity bas­ket­ball and those are the 12 best play­ers in the largest school in the con­fer­ence, so there’s never go­ing to be a com­fort­able lead with you’re play­ing var­sity bas­ket­ball,” Camp­bell said. “The sec­ond-half ef­fort [wasn’t there]. We had two as­sists in the sec­ond half, so ef­fort was a lot dif­fer­ent, but yes, free throws have been a ma­jor stress of ours. Even last game we shot well from the free-throw line and I thought that was the dif­fer­ence in the game against North Point (a 74-69 vic­tory).”

Camp­bell said con­sis­tency is what sep­a­rates a good team from a great team.

“A bas­ket­ball game is 32 min­utes and we have to be con­sis­tent with our ef­fort through­out,” he said.

Se­nior guard Shiloh Beale was near per­fect at the free-throw line, sink­ing 9 of 10, and fin- ished with a game-high 18 points.

The Raiders held the Spar­tans back in the fi­nal quar­ter, but it was Beale who scored the team’s first points in the quar­ter at the line with 1 minute 29 sec­onds re­main­ing in the game.

Beale said the team has to play through, no mat- ter the sit­u­a­tion.

“I thought we started off the first half well; play­ing as a team and we got off in tran­si­tion,” Beale said. “But the sec- ond half we fell off a lit­tle bit and that’s how they came back. We’ll learn from this, that we have to play all four quar­ters. You can’t just play two [quar- ters], no mat­ter the lead, up by 15, 20, what­ever. We’re a fam­ily and we have a lot of chem­istry on the team. We’d like to win SMAC this year.”

Sopho­more for­ward An­thony Bow­man fin- ished with 14 points for the Spar­tans, in­clud­ing 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.

“I’ve been play­ing bas- ket­ball with coach Camp­bell since sev­enth grade,” Bow­man said. “Tran- sition of­fense, coach al­ways talks about tran­si­tions and how that will win games and tonight. Me and Shiloh and Cam [Sullivan] just got out and scored like we can. We have to keep the in­tensi- ty up; that’s what we did against North Point and that’s what we’re go­ing to do against teams like West­lake and Stone, but we pre­pare for teams like this and Patux­ent that aren’t like us. We just try to play against them [to com­pete].”

Leonard­town im­pressed its home fans from three­p­oint range, fin­ish­ing with seven 3-point­ers. Se­nior left-han­der JD Gad­dis lit up the boards with three of his own, bring­ing the Raiders to within nine in the sec­ond half, and fin­ished with 10 points. Chris Fen­wick (15 points) also put three away from the out­side.

Se­nior guard Adalai Traver who led the team with 17 points, also con- nected with a three. Tra- ver was 10 of 14 from the free-throw line (71.4 per- cent).

The Spar­tans and Raiders are sched­uled to be back in ac­tion Wed­nes­day evening with 6:30 tip-offs. St. Charles is slated to be at Stone, while Leonard­town hosts North­ern.

Raiders girls beat Spar­tans at buzzer

At St. Charles on Fri­day night, Ha­ley O’Rea­gan’s buzzer-beater gave Leonard­town’s girls team a 6058 win.

The Raiders (7-2) led 20-9 af­ter the first quar- ter, but St. Charles out- scored the vis­i­tors 17-12 in the sec­ond quar­ter for the 32-26 half­time score.

“We got off to a pretty good start,” Leonard­town head coach Christie Do­er­rer said. “But for a lack of a bet­ter word, we were play­ing self­ish in the sec­ond quar­ter and our de­fense wasn’t as good as it was in the first and they got back in the game. Thank­fully we nev- er lost the lead through- out the game.”

With 3.3 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion, Do­er­rer called a time­out.

“I drew up ex­actly what I wanted to have hap­pen, with Casey [Wilkin­son] com­ing off of a screen,” Do­er­rer said, “and I wasn’t quite sure how far she’d get up the floor com­ing off the screen just be­cause I didn’t know how St. Charles was go­ing to set up their de­fense, but Kayla [Gol- dring] passed her the ball and I didn’t tell Ha­ley re­ally any­thing.

“She was just smart about her cut and came to ball side and Casey flipped the ball to Ha­ley, she caught it and put it up and thank­fully beat the buzzer. It was crazy. Def­i­nitely a fun game but closer than it needed to be, but we’ll def­i­nitely take the win.”

St. Charles (5-6 af­ter a 58-34 win over McDonough on Mon­day night) is sched­uled to host Stone at 6:30 tonight, while Leonard­town is slated to go up to North­ern, also a 6:30 tipoff tonight.

Do­er­rer said she’s look­ing for­ward to the matchup against North­ern and re­al­izes the team has some hard work ahead of them with the county re­match against Chop­ti­con on Fri­day night.

“We know what’s ahead this week,” Do­er­rer said. “Hav­ing the day off to­day kind of stinks, be­cause I’d much rather be in the gym with the girls try­ing to get ready but hope­fully we’ll have a good prac­tice to­mor­row and head up to North­ern [tonight]. We’re an­tic­i­pat­ing a good matchup there.”

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