Hill caps 16-point effort with two late threes; QA’s season ends in loss to rival Buccaneers
EASTON — The Lions ultimately remained an ocean of calm in a chaotic contest.
Third-seeded Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ basketball team sur vived a thriller Monday evening at No. 2 Easton in the Class 2A East Section II semifinals, cutting down on turnovers in the fourth quarter and hitting a series of clutch shots during a 51-46 victor y.
“Their starting five is a great starting five,” said Lions head coach Mike Kern, whose team improved to 18-4. “We knew that if it was a tightly called game, which it was, that it would benefit us in the long run.
“They called it tight, and we’re pretty deep, and it helped us win the game,” Kern added.
The Lions’ prize for for the hardfought win: a date with unbeaten, Bayside Conference champion Kent Island, and Queen Anne’s season ended at the hand of the rival Buccaneers in the section final by a 46-38 score. The Lions finished the season with an 18-5 mark.
“Kent Island is a great team,” Kern said. “and we’re going in with nothing to lose. We’re supposed to lose that game, so we have nothing to lose. We’re going to play our hearts out, leave it all on the court, and hopefully we can shock the Bayside.”
Though the shooting numbers may tell a different story, Queen Anne’s offense was sharp, and its defense solid against Easton. Play- ing in the section opener, a rarity for the perennial Bayside and 2A East contenders, afforded a nice tune-up contest before facing the region heavyweights.
“We mixed it up a little bit [against Easton],” Kern said. “We did a little bit of full-court press, we did a little man, we did a little zone, and then a little half-court, and the foul trouble we were in forced us to do that.
“We gained some confidence after Parkside,” Kern added of Friday’s 57-13 clobbering of the Rams. “We lost to Kent Island [in the regular-season finale] and you want to have a game like that to get some confidence, so I think that helped, versus having the bye when you don’t play.”
The Lions pulled away late in the fourth quarter against Easton behind senior point guard Emma Hill, who finished with a team-high 16 points and nailed two, clutch threepointers in the deciding period.
Her first trey, a swish from the right side, gave Queen Anne’s the lead for good at 40-38. Less than a minute later, Hill struck again, connecting off a Kelly Cavanagh assist to make it 43-38.
Easton junior Ellie Roser (14 points) closed the gap to 43-40 after rolling in a jumper from the
Queen Anne’s County’s Abby Blanchard (32) and Easton’s Emily Griffith battle for a rebound Monday night while Emma Skoglund, left, and Becca Clay (22) watch.