QA’s survives battle with the Clippers, reaches 4-1
SALISBURY — It’s an axiom in high school basketball that the winner often makes the last run.
Friday night, when Queen Anne’s County High’s boys took on host James M. Bennett, it came down to which team survived its last mistake.
The Lions pushed through a cold-shooting middle game and slipped past the Clippers in the final moments, surviving a nearly disastrous foul call — and six missed free throws in the final two minutes — for a 64-63 win.
“We just got cold, that’s exactly what it was,” Lions head coach Dale Becraft said of his team’s shooting slump after the first quarter, during which it led by as many as six points. “We started out well, but just stopped hitting shots.”
Mikey Monroe (18 points, eight assists) paced the firstquarter scoring, with three field goals, but the Lions (4-1) missed another seven shots, five close-in to the basket. Bennett, down 10-4 at one point in the first, rallied. Four different players scored in the period, which ended with Queen Anne’s up 13-11.
The Lions then hit a patch of ice; seven more missed shots in the second quarter, combined with five turnovers, helped the Clippers swing things in their direction. Five points each by Harold Morton (18 points, seven rebounds) and Trey Dashiell helped fuel an 18-11 second-quarter surge
Queen Anne’s Mitchell Sherbert controls Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Zachary Lewis in the 220-pound bout Tuesday evening at Queen Anne’s County High School. Sherbert won by pinfall in 1:00.