Hills Shines In Opener
QA’s senior erupts after halftime, finishes with game-high 23 in win over young Warriors
EASTON — Queen Anne’s County High’s Emma Hill did not play in any preseason scrimmages or Tuesday’s season opener because of a sprained ankle.
In the first half Thursday night against Easton, the senior guard shook off a little rust. In the second half, she took charge.
Hill scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, including 11 in a decisive 16-7 third quarter that paced the Lions girls’ basketball team to a 44-31 victory over the young Warriors.
“It feels so good to be back and my teammates have welcomed me back,” said Hill, who finished with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. “It’s just so awesome to come back and just start right where we left off.”
Hill’s first field goal — a short bank shot — gave Queen Anne’s (2-0 overall, 1-0 North Bayside) a 9-5 lead after the first quarter. She then canned her first 3-pointer 39 seconds into the second quarter to extend the lead to 12-5. But after Madison Ascione’s layup made it 14-7, the Lions went scoreless the remaining 6 minutes, 37 seconds of the first half.
Easton (1-1, 0-1) took advantage, going on a 9-0 first-half closing run that started with Emma Skoglund’s set shot from the foul line, and ended with freshman Myia Jeter (team-high 11 points) burying the Warriors’ lone 3-pointer of the game for a 16-14 halftime lead.
“I thought we played well early,” Easton head coach Matt Griffith said. “We handled their pressure, got some easy baskets. We did miss a couple that we should have made.
“We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy to start the third, and we didn’t handle it very well,” Griffith added. “Against them, they’re going to continue to pressure. When you get behind like that it’s tough to get back into.”
Hill’s layup tied the game 16-16 with 1:16 elapsed in
the third quarter. She converted a steal into a layup to give Queen Anne’s a lead it never relinquished at 18-16 just 14 seconds later, prompting Griffith to call time.
The Lions’ full-court press forced a turnover and Hill came down and drilled a 3-pointer. A little over a minute later, she snagged a rebound, raced up court and fed Shannon Donovan for an easy layup and a 23-16 cushion that capped a 9-0 opening run.
“She’s a special kid,” Queen Anne’s head coach Mike Kern said of Hill. “First half, she got what she needed to get done as far as getting her legs under her. Second half, she came out and kind of led the team. That’s what we expect out of her.”
Abi Detrich gave Easton its first points of the third quarter, hitting a free throw with 4:21 left, then converting a putback with 3:33 remaining in the period to shave the Warrior deficit to 23-19.
But Hill sandwiched a pair of layups around a Kelly Cavanagh bucket in the final three minutes of the third, and Megan Lukehart added a free throw, to give Queen Anne’s a 30-23 lead heading into the final period.
“We went in at halftime, we gave ourselves a pep talk; just telling (ourselves), ‘Look, there’s a whole other half. It’s anyone’s game.’ We came out and we tried to make the most of every second,” Hill said.
Consecutive baseline drives from Emily Poad expanded the Lions’ lead to 34-23 with 6:49 remaining. The Warriors hit another cold patch, going scoreless the first 4:44 of the final period before Jeter hit a pair of free throws.
But Hill swished her final 3-pointer, scored a layup, then hit a nifty runner in a 59-second span to widen the lead to 41-27 with 2 minutes left.
“Emma Hill hit three shots that I don’t care what defense we were playing, or who was playing, or where we were at, they were good shots, and they were going in,” Griffith said. “The one was like five feet behind the three-point line, then she made a runner down on the baseline. She made a big difference in the second half.”
Queen Anne’s outscored Easton 30-15 after halftime.
“We made key shots when we needed to make them, and we made key stops when we had to make key stops,” Kern said. “They got a little momentum in the second quarter, and we came out in the second half and played much better basketball.”
Even though Easton trailed by as many as 14 three times in the second half, Griffith was pleased with his team’s ability to play to the end.
“What I was most proud of, was all the girls, none of them ever quit,” said Griffith, who got eight points from Jahnaysha Cornish and seven from Ellie Roser. “Kept playing hard all the way down to the last second of the game, which as young as we are is something.”
Tuesday, Dec. 6 Kent Island 56, N.
Dorchester 12 STEVENSVILLE — Ali Patchett scored 20 points and Hannah Moran finished with 10 to lead the Bucs (20, 1-0). The Eagles slipped to 0-2, 0-1. BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Easton 67, Queen Anne’s 53 CENTREVILLE — Chris Guy scored 17 points and Marquii Thompson added 14 to lead the Warriors. Jehiyah Brown and Jaedon Copper each had nine points for Easton. Monday, Dec. 12 Queen Anne’s 46, J.M. Bennett 32 CENTREVILLE — Emma Hill had 20 points Monday night, as Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ basketball team remained unbeaten.
Kelly Cavanagh had eight points and eight rebounds for the Lions (3-0), and Emily Poad finished with eight points.
The Clippers fell to 2-1.
Queen Anne’s Emma Hill (3), who had a game-high 23 points, drives around Easton’s Ellie Roser as Myia Jeter (5) looks on during Thursday night’s second half.
Queen Anne’s Shannon Donovan, right, breaks for a loose ball behind Easton’s Emma Skoglund during Thursday night’s second half.