Eas­ton pre­vails be­hind full-court press, sec­ond-half surge; Sabres fall back early in fi­nal de­feat

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WYE MILLS — Eas­ton High’s girls’ basketball team shook off an er­ratic first quar­ter and pulled away from Saints. Peter and Paul late in the fourth quar­ter Tues­day evening on its way to winning the Over­time Live Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

Miya Jeter scored 22 points and Claire Pritch­ett added 15 to lead the War­riors over their crosstown ri­vals.

“The girls I think both look for­ward to it in the com­mu­nity,” Eas­ton head coach Matt Grif­fith said of play­ing the Sabres. “When we get the chance to play each other, it’s a big deal.

“Miya re­ally stepped up big to­day, got a lot of re­bounds and put back lots of sec­ond-chance shots,” Grif­fith added. “Claire also hit some big shots, did a nice job from the freethrow line, as well.”

Jeter and Pritch­ett were named to the all-tour­na­ment team along with SSPP’s Me­gan Hickey and Cat Chris­tian, and Wash­ing­ton’s Dana­sia Roberts, who was named tour­na­ment MVP.

Hickey scored 14 points for the Sabres in the fi­nal. Jen­nifer Dou­glas chipped in 11 and Chris­tian added nine.

Eas­ton’s El­lie Roser (11 points, 10 re­bounds) hit a 12-footer from the base­line in the open­ing minute and nei­ther team scored again un­til just over two min­utes re­mained in the first quar­ter. Pritch­ett picked off a pass on de­fense and hit a left-handed layup for a 4-0 War­riors lead. Jeter col­lected a steal, was fouled, and hit one of two from the freethrow line to make it 5-0.

“El­lie Roser had a great tour­na­ment for us,” Grif­fith said. “She had a dou­ble­dou­ble both games; she played great for us in both games.”

The Sabres’ first points came from Dou­glas, with 1:14 left in the first quar­ter, when she hit two free throws after she was fouled pulling down an of­fen­sive re­bound.

Both teams then picked up their of­fense and Sts. Peter & Paul took an 8-7 lead on a bucket by Ju­lia D’Alb­ora with 6:05 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The game stayed close the rest of the way un­til the War­riors pulled away in the fourth quar­ter.

A short base­line jumper by Dou­glas pulled the Sabres within 33-32 with 7:35 left in the fourth. But Pritch­ett scored in tran­si­tion with an­other left­handed layup for a 35-32 Eas­ton lead. After Chris­tian missed a pair of free throws, Roser hit a tran­si­tion layup to make it 37-32.

A 12-foot, one-han­der by Dou­glas pulled the Sabres within 39-36 with 4:27 to play. Eas­ton re­sponded with an 7-0 run to take con­trol. Jeter col­lected an of­fen­sive re­bound, was fouled, and hit a free throw to be­gin the run. Roser stole the ball and hit a layup. The Sabres were called for trav­el­ing on the other end, and Jeter then drained a 3-pointer from the base­line to make it 45-36. Jeter con­tin­ued Eas­ton’s pil­fer­ing de­fense when she picked off a pass and scored with a layup to end the run with Eas­ton up, 47-36, 2:30 left to play.

A free throw by Pritch­ett with 44 sec­onds to play ended the game’s scor­ing.

“Saints Peter and Paul played ex­tremely well early on,” Grif­fith said. “They were hit­ting shots and we were not. We had to be able to con­tinue run­ning the floor, and the full-court press in the fourth got us some easy tran­si­tion bas­kets.”

The Sabres, who led 19-16 at the end of the first half, strug­gled at the foul line, hit­ting only 4 of 13. Fouled on con­sec­u­tive 3-point at­tempts in the third quar­ter, they hit only 1 of 6, giv­ing Eas­ton an op­por­tu­nity to gather mo­men­tum.

A three-point play by Jeter with 3:55 left in the third quar­ter tied the game at 26-26. A steal by Roser then led to two free throws by Pritch­ett and the War­riors held a lead the rest of the game.

“For us, be­cause of how young we are, we want to get as many games as pos­si­ble,” Grif­fith said of

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