foul line, and freshman Myia Jeter’s lefty putback later pulled the Warriors within 44-42. But the Lions’ Madison Ascione answered with a long two from the right elbow, senior Becca Clay assisting for a 46-42 Queen Anne’s edge.
Down 48-44, Easton senior point guard Claire Pritchett, who finished with a gamebest 18 points, hit the second and third of three foul shots after drawing contact from Queen Anne’s freshman Abby Blanchard.
The Warriors never scored again, while the Lions sealed it at the line, where they went 16 of 27, including 6 of 10 in the fourth. Easton finished 14 of 31 from the foul line, and 8 of 20 in the first half.
“It was the worst freethrow shooting game we had all season,” said Easton head coach Matt Griffith, his team finishing campaign 16-4. “We also missed some shots in the paint that typically go in, and it wasn’t meant for it to go in tonight.
“Both of our games this year, they had been close,” Griffith added. “Both teams have been making runs at different times, and whoever had the biggest run at the end of the game had won the game.”
Easton led 13-7 at the end of one period, and then stretched it to 19-7 just over 90 seconds into the second — the biggest for either side — before the Lions found the range.
Starting with a bucketand-one by Ascione, Queen Anne’s reeled off a 19-4 rally to take a 26-23 lead into halftime. Highlighted by threepointers
from Hill and Cavanagh and 10 second-quarter points by Ascione (15 points, four rebounds, two steals), the Lions seized momentum while the Warriors scuffled.
Easton committed eight turnovers in the second quarter alone, 20 in all, nearly half of them of the unforced variety.
“The biggest thing for me, is that we stopped running our offense,” Griffith said. “All the things that got us that lead, we stopped doing, and whether it was because of fatigue or what, I’m not sure.
“When we got that early lead, we were running some good half-court sets, we were getting some good looks,” Griffith added.
The Warriors rallied in the third.