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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.

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