Trojans remain undefeated in North Bayside
EASTON — The Warriors took a 52-51 lead against division front-runner Kent County with 6 minutes, 14 seconds remaining Tuesday evening.
Kent County’s Shemar Turner then countered with a 3-pointer that flipped the net over the rim as the Trojans embarked on a 16-4 run to remain undefeated in the North Bayside.
The 3-pointer was one of only two buckets (both treys) on the evening for the usually high-scoring Turner, but Manny Camper netted 26 points and Jayshaun Freeman had 13 to lead the Trojans to a 70-62 victory.
Kent County (5-2 overall, 5-0 North Bayside) also got nine points from Takai Caulk and eight from Ricky Bowser for an overall balanced attack.
T.J. Nixon scored 14 points to lead the Warriors. Justin Fenwick added 13 points, Nasir South 11 and Chris Guy nine.
Easton (3-4, 3-3) passed the ball well in the second quarter to rally from a 1911 deficit at the end of the first quarter. But its offense, which produced no 3-pointers, was limited to shortrange shots, driving points, and transition buckets. Four straight misses at the freethrow line in the fourth quarter didn’t help.
“Shemar hit that one three and then they went with a triangle-and-two on us,” Trojans head coach Sobaye Scott said. “I told the boys to go to our four-corner offense so they were going to have to come out of their zone. They had two manned up so they were going to have to come out of their zone. And when they came out of that zone that opened up the back-door layups for us. That’s the benefit of having guards that can dribble you know and not [be] selfish. They could have easily tried to take it all the way theirself but they don’t. They dished the ball rather well down the stretch.”
A jumper by Guy from the free-throw area pulled Easton within 59-56 midway through the fourth quarter. But the Warriors then misfired at the foul line on back-to-back possessions. Bowser drove the baseline and scored off the glass to put Kent up 61-56, and Camper followed with a foulline jumper for a 63-56 lead.
After a Warriors timeout, they turned the ball over. Camper, working in the spread offense, took his time before driving up the left-side of the lane and scoring with a left-handed layup to make it 65-56 with 1:25 to play. After an offensive foul by Easton, Camper drove the left side again, was fouled, and hit both free throws for a commanding 67-56 lead with 1:07 left.
A free throw by Freeman and two by Bowser after he grabbed a rebound and was fouled completed Kent County’s scoring.
The Trojans dominated the first quarter primarily by using their defensive quickness to create turnover points. Easton climbed back and later put together a 6-0 run at the end of the second quarter to close within 34-31 at the half. Fenwick scored eight points in the second quarter and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. The Warriors went 3 for 10 from the foul line in the second half.
Scott arrived at the game at the half after getting caught in traffic. Junior varsity coaches Buck Kennard and Darryl Deaton led the Trojans until Scott’s arrival.
“They did a good job of getting the boys focused,” Scott said. “It was kind of good for my boys hearing somebody else’s voice. They’re so used to hearing me and feeding off of me. As long as we wasn’t down by a lot. They feed off of me and once I get into it then they start playing a little harder.”
Queen Anne’s 65, North Dorchester 26 CENTREVILLE — Nick Dunkerly scored 14 as the Lions extended their winning streak to four.
Charles Hynson and reserve Jermere Richardson each finished with 12 points for Queen Anne’s County (51, 3-1). GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Easton 83, Kent County 43 WORTON — Freshman Emily Griffith scored a teamhigh 25 points, and classmate Myia Jeter had 25 as the Warriors rolled.
Claire Pritchett totaled 19 points for Easton (5-2, 4-2). Kent Island 63, Cambridge-SD 26 STEVENSVILLE — Hannah Moran and Se’Ri Miles scored 21 points apiece as the Bucs snapped the Vikings’ three-game winning streak.
Kent Island improved to 7-0, 5-0, while CambridgeSouth Dorchester slipped to 5-3, 4-2.
Queen Anne’s 71, North Dorchester 19 SHILOH — Emily Poad had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Makenzy Hudock had 12 points and 12 boards to lead the Lions (7-0, 5-0).
Madison Ascione and Abby Blanchard each scored 12 points for Queen Anne’s County. Emma Hill finished with nine points and Kailey Boomer finished with 10 rebounds.
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Kent County’s Manny Camper shoots in the lane in between a trio of Easton defenders, from left, Justin Fenwick, Chris Guy, and T.J. Nixon during the third quarter Tuesday evening at Easton High School.