Bucs thump the Lions, remain atop North
Moran and Miles heat up in the second half, as KI moves to 9-0
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.”
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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.