Sea­son closes for Ea­gles

North Point falls to Ca­tonsville, loses in 4A state semi­fi­nals for sec­ond straight sea­son

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

TOW­SON — Over the course of the fi­nal three quar­ters, the North Point girls bas­ket­ball team was outscored by Ca­tonsville of Bal­ti­more County 56-28, in­clud­ing 11-1 in the fi­nal 2 1/2 min­utes of the third.

That stretch of bas­ket- ball summed up the Ea- gles’ Class 4A state semi- fi­nal game on Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Tow­son Univer­sity’s SECU Arena, a 64-40 loss to the Comets.

Ca­tonsville (25-2 over- all), the 4A North Re­gion cham­pi­ons, ad­vances to Satur­day’s cham­pi­onship game to face de­fend­ing state cham­pion Walt Whit­man of Mont­gomery County, which de­feated Prince Ge­orge’s County out­fit Eleanor Roo­sevelt 49-43 in Thurs­day’s other state semi­fi­nal.

North Point, which fin­ishes the 2016-17 sea­son at 23-4, fell to Walt Whit- man in last year’s state semi­fi­nals.

In Thurs­day’s af­fair, Ca- tonsville and North Point got off to slow starts in the first half with the Ea- gles shoot­ing just 10 of 36 (28 per­cent) and the Comets go­ing 11 for 26 (42 per­cent).

North Point led 12-8 after the first quarter and was up 18-13 in the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond, but Ca­tonsville got bet­ter as the game went on, end­ing the pe­riod on a 17-7 run to take a 30-25 half­time lead that it would not re­lin­quish for the rest of the game.

“North Point had four play­ers that av­er­aged dou­ble fig­ures and we

just wanted to keep them off the boards and slow them down with our zone and make shots tough for them,” Ca­tonsville head coach Mike Mohler said. “This is what we’ve been play­ing for all sea­son and we still have one more game left to go.”

North Point cut Ca­tonsville’s lead to 34-31 mid­way in the mid­dle stages of the third, but did not come any closer as the Comets went on an­other big run to take a 49-34 ad­van­tage, capped by a deep three-pointer at the buzzer from sopho­more guard Gabby Dou­glas.

Ca­tonsville pulled away in the fourth to se­cure the even­tual win.

North Point strug­gled from the field the en­tire game, con­nect­ing on just 16 of 63 shots (25 per­cent).

Ca­tonsville ju­nior Jamelia Bar­rett scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the sec­ond half. She also shot 10 of 15 from the field to go along with five re­bounds and was a per­fect 6 for 6 from the free-throw line.

On the de­fen­sive end, Bar­rett had the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of guard­ing North Point se­nior Necole “Coco” Hope, who fin­ished with a team-high 13 points on just 5 of 17 shoot­ing. Hope had 12 of the Ea­gles’ 21 turnovers for the game.

“This has been a great jour­ney play­ing with all my team­mates and [North Point head] coach [Michael] Ser­pone has made us bet­ter play­ers in my four years. We had a great sea­son we just ran into a very good team,” Hope said.

Dou­glas fin­ished with 18 points and ju­nior for- ward Jas­mine Dickey added 14 points and seven re­bounds in the win for Ca­tonsville.

“North Point is a great team and we wanted to come out with a lot of in­ten­sity. We wanted to bring it ev­ery play and that’s what we did,” Dick- ey said.

North Point se­nior guard Aliyah Bul­lock fin­ished with 12 points and sopho­more guard Latavia Jack­son added eight.

“We played our hearts out, shots just didn’t fall to­day,” Bul­lock said. “I’m proud of my team and we have noth­ing to hang our heads about.”

Of­fen­sively, Ca­tonsville dom­i­nated the paint, out- scor­ing North Point 3820 and had a 12-2 ad­van­tage in sec­ond-chance points. The Comets also con­verted 23 points off Ea­gles turnovers. North Point forced 18 turn- overs, but was only able to score six points off of the Comets mis­cues.

De­spite miss­ing its chance of play­ing in the state ti­tle game, North Point had a spe­cial sea­son that cul­mi­nated in Po­tomac Di­vi­sion, South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence and 4A East Re­gion ti­tles.

“It was a tough way to end our sea­son, but our girls played hard all sea­son and I wouldn’t trade them for the world,” Ser­pone said. “I’m so proud of them. We had a great run.”

Guard Sy­nia Johnson, one of four fresh­men for North Point, said it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence in her first trip to Tow­son.

“We didn’t want the out­come to be this way, but play­ing in this at­mos­phere was great,” said Johnson, who had three points and seven re­bounds. “Hope­fully we can get back to this point next year.”

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

North Point ju­nior Camille Robin­son goes up for the layup at­tempt over Jen Gast of Ca­tonsville, left, and Staisha Daniels in Thurs­day’s Class 4A state semi­fi­nals at Tow­son Univer­sity’s SECU Arena. Ca­tonsville won the con­test 64-40.

PHO­TOS BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

North Point se­nior guard Aliyah Bul­lock goes up for the shot at­tempt in Thurs­day af­ter­noon’s Class 4A state semi­fi­nals at Tow­son Univer­sity’s SECU Arena. Bul­lock fin­ished with 12 points in a 64-40 loss to the Ca­tonsville Comets.

North Point sopho­more guard Latavia Jack­son floats a shot up over the Ca­tonsville de­fense in Thurs­day af­ter­noon’s Class 4A state semi­fi­nals at Tow­son Univer­sity’s SECU Arena.

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