North-lead­ing Tro­jans sub­due Lions

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@stardem.com

KC dom­i­nates from the get-go, can wrap up un­beaten di­vi­sion slate with win over St. Michaels

K. County 64 — Q. Anne’s 33

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Lions had some suc­cess dou­ble-team­ing Kent County High’s Manny Camper dur­ing the first quar­ter Tues­day evening on Hyde Court. But there were four other Tro­jans on the court — all plenty ca­pa­ble of putting the ball through the net. And all five on the court were plenty ca­pa­ble of play­ing good de­fense.

The re­sult was a lop­sided 64-33 Tro­jans vic­tory that was es­sen­tially over by the end of the first quar­ter with Kent County lead­ing 23-6, and even more so at the half when it was 43-11.

All five Kent County starters sat out the fourth quar­ter, and with a fi­nal tuneup at home against St. Michaels on Thurs­day, the North Bay­side cham­pion Tro­jans (163 over­all, 15-0 North Bay­side) should be fresh when they take on South cham­pion Stephen De­catur (19-0) in next Wed­nes­day’s Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

“I think that was just a tuneup,” Tro­jans head coach Sobaye Scott said. “That was a tuneup to get us pre­pared for the 22nd. The whole fourth quar­ter I didn’t even play my starters. I told them we needed to work on drib­ble-drive pen­e­tra­tion [de­fense] be­cause when we played De­catur [85-82 loss last Thurs­day] they hurt us with that a lit­tle. We weren’t dis­ci­plined enough to stop the drive. We were just ex­pect­ing that the man who had him was go­ing to take care of his as­sign­ment in­stead of help­ing out. But we did a good job of that tonight.”

Against Queen Anne’s (11-8, 8-7), Camper and She’mar Turner each fin­ished with a game-high 15 points and Jayshawn Free­man added 14, in­clud­ing eight in the first quar­ter.

Mikey Mon­roe scored 13 points and Nick Dunkerly added 12 for the Lions.

In the first half, Queen Anne’s only scored four buck­ets (three by Mon­roe) and only hit two of 14 free throws. For the game, the Lions were 9 for 23 on foul shoot­ing and they did not make a three­p­ointer.

With the Lions con­cen­trat­ing on Camper, a wide open Takai Caulk drained a three-pointer 2 min­utes, 15 sec­onds into the game to open the scor­ing. The Tro­jans never trailed.

“They were throw­ing dou­ble teams on him early, but we got four other kids that can score at will,” Scott said. “So if you stop him, some­body else can go for 20. Every­time we play we’ve got a kid in dou­ble fig­ures be­sides Manny, or two or three.”

Af­ter Queen Anne’s Trent Riggs hit a free throw, Free­man hit a pair af­ter he was fouled driv­ing to the bas­ket. Eigh­teen sec­onds later, af­ter a re­bound by Kent County’s Ar­ling­ton John­son and an out­let pass, Camper slammed down a two-han­der for a 7-1 lead.

Riggs scored off the glass for a 7-3 game with 4:14 left in the quar­ter, but the Tro­jans then put to­gether an 11-0 run to take con­trol.

Camper hit a free throw to be­gin the run. Turner grabbed a de­fen­sive re­bound and drib­bled all the way up the court and hit a layup. He hit a pull-up jumper from the left side of the lane to make it 12-3. Free­man sank a three-pointer from the left base­line for a 15-3 lead, draw­ing a Lions time­out.

Kent kept scor­ing. Wayne Whye stepped back and popped a three to make it 18-3. In the fi­nal minute of the quar­ter, Turner drove and dished to Free­man for an­other trey and John­son hit a short jumper.

As poorly as the Lions’ of­fense per­formed in the first quar­ter, it was even worse in the se­cond with Mon­roe the only scorer with two buck­ets and a free throw.

With the out­come de­ter­mined, both teams sub­sti­tuted lib­er­ally in the se­cond half with each team’s full ros­ter see­ing ac­tion.

The high­light of the se­cond half was a drib­bling ex­hi­bi­tion by Tro­jans guard Tyshawn John­son that ended in a 5-sec­onds vi­o­la­tion, which de­lighted Mon­roe who was guard­ing him.

Kent County’s Mar­c­quan Greene, who has been out most of the sea­son, saw some ac­tion. “He’s got to get his wind up,” Scott said. “A cou­ple more prac­tices, get­ting on the tread­mill a lit­tle bit, get­ting his wind up, he’ll be fine. He’ll be fine.” GIRLS’ BAS­KET­BALL Queen Anne’s 70, Kent County 49 WOR­TON — Mea­gan Luke­hart scored 14 points and Madi­son As­cione added 13 as the Lions won for the eighth time in nine games.

Emily Poad fin­ished with 10 points for Queen Anne’s (16-3, 13-2) and Becca Clay had nine points.

Tierra John­son net­ted a game-high 31 points for Kent County (4-15, 3-12) and Mat­tie Ce­sarini had 11.

Kent Is­land 73, North Caroline 23 STEVENSVILLE — Ali Patch­ett had 28 points and Han­nah Mo­ran scored 19 as the Buc­ca­neers im­proved to 190, 15-0. Thurs­day, Feb. 9 Kent Is­land 74,

Snow Hill 17 SNOW HILL — Ali Patch­ett net­ted a game-high 19 points and Han­nah Mo­ran scored 12 to pace the Buc­ca­neers. Kim­berly Palace had 11 for Kent Is­land (18-0). Tues­day, Feb. 7 BOYS’ BAS­KET­BALL SSPP 53, Con­cor­dia 45 EAS­TON — Adam Leis­ter was 7-for-8 from the field dur­ing a team-high 16-point per­for­mance to lead the Sabres.

La­mont Pow­ell Jr. fin­ished with 15 points and Conor Mul­laney added 10 for Saints Peter and Paul. Queen Anne’s 66,

Colonel 56 AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Charles Hyn­son scored 16 points and Trent Riggs and Ricky Dunkerly added 14 apiece as the Lions im­proved to 116, 8-6. Tyrik Brooks fin­ished with 13 points for Queen Anne’s.

Colonel Richard­son’s Diante Dick­er­son had a game­high 27 points. Kent Is­land 100, St. Michaels 18 ST. MICHAELS — Tariq John­son’s 42 points paced the Buc­ca­neers. GIRLS’ BAS­KET­BALL Queen Anne’s 62,

Colonel 21 CEN­TRE­VILLE — Emma Hill had 17 points and Kelly Cavanagh added 11 to help fuel the Lions.

Emily Poad had nine points for Queen Anne’s, and Madi­son As­cione fin­ished with eight points and nine steals.

Colonel Richard­son’s Zaye Dob­son had 12 points. Kent Is­land 97, St. Michaels 4 ST. MICHAELS — Se’Ri Miles scored 24 points, Han­nah Mo­ran 23 to pace the un­beaten Buc­ca­neers.

Ali Patch­ett had 18 points for Kent Is­land and Blair Goodrich added nine.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s Mikey Mon­roe passes the ball with Kent County play­ers, from the left, She’mar Turner, Takai Caulk, and Mar­c­quan Greene de­fend­ing in the third quar­ter Tues­day evening on Hyde Court.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent County’s Shawn Free­man (14) and Wayne Whye (5) de­fend against Queen Anne’s Austin Thomas, left, in the se­cond quar­ter Tues­day evening on Hyde Court.

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