Spar­tans get re­demp­tion

Fourth-quar­ter surge lifts St. Charles boys over Thomas Stone; Cougars girls win again

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The St. Charles boys bas­ket­ball team had some ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion against Thomas Stone.

The Spar­tans, which suf­fered a 52-51 set­back to the Cougars on the road Jan. 11, got it­self a lit­tle pay­back in Fri­day night’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion re­match with a 62-46 home vic­tory.

In what a was a game of runs through­out, the score was tied at 40 af­ter three quar­ters, but it was all St. Charles in the fourth as it ex­ploded on an 18-0 run in the first 6 1/2 min­utes to put the game away.

Stone was held to just two field goals in the fourth as the Spar­tans turned Stone turnovers into easy tran­si­tion points.

St. Charles is sched­uled to take on host McDonough in a di­vi­sion matchup at 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

St. Charles (13-5, 5-3 SMAC Po­tomac), which won its fourth straight vic­tory on Fri­day, pushed the streak to five af­ter Satur­day’s 59-52 over the Patux­ent Pan­thers in a non­di­vi­sion con­test in Lusby to make up a Jan. 21 post­pone­ment.

“We’ve been preach­ing en­ergy and the guys have been work­ing hard this off­sea­son and it shows when you play four quar­ters,” St. Charles head coach Brett Camp­bell af­ter Fri­day night’s win. “The way the game ended last time we played Stone made the guys more mo­ti­vat- ed and now we have our heads on straight.”

With Stone lead­ing by one point at halftime in Fri­day’s af­fair, St. Charles opened the first two min­utes of the third quar­ter on a 9-2 run capped by a layup by se­nior guard Shiloh Beale to go up 32-26.

Stone (12-7, 4-5 af­ter a 79-54 win over Sur­rattsville of Prince Ge­orge’s County on Mon­day night) came right back with a 9-0 run of its own to re­take the lead 35-32 at the 3-minute 56-sec­ond mark, spurred by five straight points from ju­nior swing­man Ka­mau Mitchell and back-to­back bas­kets by sopho­more for­ward Gary Grant (13 points).

For the rest of the quar­ter, the two teams traded bas­kets as the score was knot­ted en­ter­ing the fourth.

Beale, who led all scor­ers with 21 points, in­clud­ing 14 in the sec­ond half, scored nine in the third.

“Com­ing into the sec­ond half I had to come out more ag­gres­sive in or­der for the team to be suc­cess­ful and that’s what I did,” said Beale, who grabbed seven re­bounds and had two as­sists.

Mitchell de­liv­ered with 10 of his team-high 16 points to spear- head the Cougars, but did not score in the fourth as he fouled out the game with 2:21 re­main- ing in the game.

Stone jumped out to an 8-1 lead mid­way in the first quar­ter, but the Spar­tans later came to within 11-10 on a three-pointer by se­nior Der­rick Carter, who fin­ished with seven points off the bench. Stone went on to lead 13-12 af­ter one.

“The first time we played Stone that game stuck with us and this time we came out with more in­ten­sity and re­bounded bet­ter be­cause they killed us on the boards last time,” Car- ter said. “We played with more tough­ness and tonight we came out on top.”

Se­niors Mer­wan Mour­taj and Cameron Sul­li­van con­tribut- ed with nine points each in the Spar­tans vic­tory.

The win in the first meet­ing over St. Charles started an even- tual four-game win streak for Stone, but Fri­day marked the third straight loss for the Cougars, who are sched­uled to host La Plata at 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

“No ex­cuses, [St. Charles] sim­ply out­played us on the in­side and the out­side,” Stone head coach Dale Lam­berth said. “They got all the loose balls, crashed for the re­bound and did ev­ery­thing they needed to do to win the game. We just have to keep on plug­ging away, I thought we were com­pet­i­tive, but I couldn’t find to many good things that came out of this game.”

Stone girls edge St. Charles

The Cougars were able to hold on for a 69-65 home vic­tory on Fri­day night de­spite a huge sec­ond-half rally from the Spar­tans.

Stone (14-4, 8-1) took a 24-6 lead at the end of one quar­ter and went up 41-21 at halftime. St. Charles outscored Stone 44-28 in the sec­ond half, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars were able to come out on top with only six play­ers in uni­form.

Stone shot 25 of 34 (74 per- cent) from the field for the game, while St. Charles made 29 of 58 (50 per­cent).

Stone se­nior guard Rya Nel- son led all scor­ers with 31 points, and se­niors guard Mi- kayla Proc­tor and Oc­tavia Haw- kins fin­ished with 19 and 10 points, re­spec­tively.

Nel­son went 10 of 13 (77 per- cent) from the field and made 11 of 16 (69 per­cent) from the foul line.

St. Charles ju­nior guard De­sirae Shep­ard fin­ished with 28 points, nail­ing four of the team’s five threes on the night. Sopho­more Aysia Jones fin­ished with 12 points and ju­nior Shaniquwa Jack­son added 11 points.

The Cougars were 18 of 24 (75 per­cent) from the free-throw line in the con­test. St. Charles made just 2 of 15 (13 per­cent).

The Spar­tans (8-10, 3-5) dom­i­nated the boards, out­re­bound­ing Stone 55-20 in the game. St. Charles, which is sched­uled to host McDonough at 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, com­mit­ted 14 turnovers to just the Cougars three for the game.

PHOTO BY CHRIS THUMM

Cameron Sul­li­van of St. Charles goes up a layup in Fri­day night’s 62-46 win over vis­it­ing Thomas Stone in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test. Sul­li­van fin­ished with nine points in the game.

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