Hills Shines In Opener

QA’s se­nior erupts af­ter half­time, fin­ishes with game-high 23 in win over young War­riors

Record Observer - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

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.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Queen Anne’s Shan­non Dono­van, right, breaks for a loose ball be­hind Eas­ton’s Emma Skoglund dur­ing Thurs­day night’s sec­ond half.

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