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