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sort of the whole com­plete game ... he was the dif­fer­ence in the game be­cause we did not shoot well.”

Hyn­son, who had a strong game in the last head-to­head meet­ing with 19 points, scored only two this time through while go­ing 0 of 21 from the floor. Hyn­son did grab 11 re­bounds and added three steals, while D’An­gelo snared 12 boards. Mon­roe chipped in four re­bounds and three steals, and the Lions won the bat­tle on the glass, 42-39, in­clud­ing 14 on the of­fen­sive end.

Hyn­son was hardly alone in his strug­gles, as Queen Anne’s fin­ished 10 of 61 (16.3 per­cent) while scor­ing a sea­son low in points. The Lions are head­ing to the play­offs on a three-game los­ing streak, hav­ing also fallen to Wi­comico (82-54) and North Bay­side cham­pion Kent County (64-33).

“It was a con­fi­dence fac­tor,” Be­craft said. “We’ve got a cou­ple of guys, who, if they see one or two shots fall, they go off. Other­wise, they get (the misses) stuck in their head.

“To be hon­est with you, we just wanted to fo­cus on this one game,” Be­craft added when asked about tun­ing up for the play­offs. “We wanted to play Kent Is­land as tough as we could and pos­si­bly walk away with a win.”

The Bucs shot 13 of 45 from the floor (29 per­cent) and 15 of 28 from the freethrow line. Miller (four re­bounds, game-best four steals) chipped in 14 points while Van Wie cor­ralled a game-high 13 re­bounds, in­clud­ing five on the of­fen­sive end. Se­nior David Bowen played gritty de­fense through­out and fin­ished with five re­bounds and two as­sists.

“We were 3-for-23 from the three-point range,” Kra­tovil said. “For­tu­nately, they weren’t hit­ting from the be­gin­ning, but be­cause of our de­fense, there were a lot of drives that were go­ing to be layups that weren’t, and then it would have been a very dif­fer­ent game.”

Kent Is­land has at least nine days off un­til its next game, which would be the semi­fi­nals of the 2A East Sec­tion II play­offs.

“This win was huge be­cause it gives us more time to look at film, go into prac­tice work harder know­ing we have a first-round bye,” John­son said.

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