Bucs thump the Lions, re­main atop North

Mo­ran and Miles heat up in the sec­ond half, as KI moves to 9-0

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

STEVENSVILLE — The Buc­ca­neers’ shoot­ing was frozen stiff in the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day evening on their home court.

Kent Is­land High’s girls’ bas­ket­ball team hadn’t scored a point through nearly the first seven min­utes of the quar­ter. Oh, but how quickly things can turn.

With the Bucs’ lead­ing 16-12 with 1 minute, 3 sec­onds left in the quar­ter, Lexi Dodge was fouled in­side the paint and hit a free throw. Sec­onds later Dodge recorded a block that Han­nah Mo­ran con­verted into a tran­si­tion layup, then added an­other layup with 14 sec­onds left in the half to put Kent Is­land up 21-12.

In the sec­ond half, Kent Is­land also started hit­ting out­side shots — a lot of them. Mo­ran hit four three-point- ers and Se’Ri Miles added two and the Bucs were on their way to a con­vinc­ing 5422 win over Queen Anne’s in a bat­tle of un­beat­ens.

Miles crossed the lane on a drive and passed to Ali Patch­ett for an un­con­tested bucket, end­ing a 16-0 Kent Is­land run for a com­mand­ing 32-12 lead with 5:40 left in the third quar­ter.

Mo­ran fin­ished with a game-high 17 points and col­lected six steals. Miles added 16 points, three steals, and three re­bounds, and Patch­ett net­ted 11 points and 11 re­bounds.

With the vic­tory, Kent Is­land re­mained un­beaten, im­prov­ing to 9-0 over­all, 7-0 North Bay­side. The Bucs ap­pear on course for a re­match against un­beaten Stephen De­catur for the Bay­side Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship. The Lions dropped to 8-1, 6-1.

Kelly Ca­vanagh led the Lions’ in scor­ing with nine points.

The county ri­valry emerged in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We’re county ri­vals and we just didn’t play very well,” Bucs head coach David Plumer said. “De­fen­sively we did OK, we just … the ball wasn’t fall­ing in. That cre­ates frus­tra­tion and it makes good play­ers want to try harder and then they get a lit­tle out of sync if you will. But I just didn’t think we played ver y well the first half. The score in­di­cated that.”

Af­ter Kent Is­land con­trolled the first quar­ter and took a 16-6 lead, Queen Anne’s took ad­van­tage of the Bucs’ cold shoot­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter and ral­lied within 16-12, and at the point a close out­come looked plau­si­ble. Miles, though, sat much of the first half with foul trou­ble, and she and Mo­ran de­liv­ered a one-two punch from out­side to open the sec­ond.

“We talked at half­time about set­tling down and shoot­ing the ball,” Plumer said. “We’re a re­ally good shoot­ing team. We had open looks in the first half. We just didn’t ex­e­cute. Some of that was we like to get the ball in to the post play­ers. They work hard, they run the floor, and we weren’t do­ing that. So we just got out of rhythm a lit­tle bit, but I think we stepped up in the sec­ond half and started mak­ing some shots.”

Miles hit a trey from the left side of the court for a 24-12 Bucs lead. Af­ter a missed shot by the Lions and a de­fen­sive re­bound by Jahtera Kiah, Mo­ran drained a tran­si­tion three­p­ointer from the right side. She canned an­other trey from that side af­ter a Lions turnover to make it 30-12.

Show­ing the abil­ity to drive as well, Miles then fed Patch­ett for her un­con­tested bucket. The Bucs con­tin­ued to roll and led 45-18 at the end of the third quar­ter, and with re­serves in for both teams they outscored Queen Anne’s 9-4 in the fi­nal quar­ter.

As good as the Bucs were shoot­ing in the sec­ond half, their de­fense has been im­pres­sive all season, with wins in­clud­ing a 56-11 vic­tory over Po­comoke and a 71-5 win over Colonel Richard­son.

“Our girls work very hard de­fen­sively,” Plumer said. “We want to be a good de­fen­sive team. I’m not sur­prised; it’s what we work on; it’s what we do. We are a good de­fen­sive team … and good de­fense cre­ates of­fense. We thrive off of that.

“I thought we played well. I think he’s [Queen Anne’s head coach Mike Kern] got some tal­ent over there. He’s got some young girls, they’ll be good. They’ll be to reckon with in the years to come. But we’re pretty deep right now, so we’re go­ing to try to get back to Tow­son.”

The Buc­ca­neers reached the state semi­fi­nals last season, which are played again this year at Tow­son Univer­sity. SSPP 47, Sal­is­bury Chris­tian 32 SAL­IS­BURY — Cat Chris­tian scored 15 points and Me­gan Hickey added 14 as Saints Peter and Paul im­proved to 9-4 over­all, 4-2 East­ern Shore In­de­pen­dent Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land’s Se’Ri Miles (21) draws Queen Anne’s de­fend­ers and passes the ball to team­mate Ali Patch­ett (2) dur­ing the third quar­ter last Fri­day evening.

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