North-leading Trojans subdue Lions
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.
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.
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.