A quick, 8-0 run to start the quarter pushed Easton ahead, 31-26, the Lions going
0 for 5 from the floor during the same stretch. Queen Anne’s broke the drought on back-to-back runners in the paint by Blanchard, both buckets assisted by Shannon Donovan, shaving the Warriors’ lead to 31-30.
With 2 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the third, Hill converted two at the line at the end of a steal and fastbreak, the Lions regaining the edge, 32-31.
Easton regained the lead on Roser’s basket inside off
an Emily Griffith assist, but the quarter ended with Ascione nailing a leaner from three-point range at the buzzer, the Cavanagh dish locating the senior on the right elbow unmarked.
The Lions’ bench erupted and loud applause scattered around the lively gymnasium momentarily hushed the Easton contingent, an energetic bunch pushing along its young Warriors.
“We knew if we kept shooting, good things will come around,” Kern said. “Emma hit a couple of good shots, Madison at the end of the third quarter hit a huge shot, and we’re shooting the ball better than we have all year.”
Cavanagh netted eight points and snagged seven rebounds for the Lions, while senior Emily Poad snared a team-high eight boards and made two blocks. Queen Anne’s finished 15 of 40 from the floor and won the rebounding battle, 38-36 while cutting down on turnovers in
the second half (eight after the break, 20 total).
Jeter finished with a gamehigh 10 rebounds to go with six points and two steals, while Emily Griffith corralled eight boards, Emma Skoglund chipped in five points, eight boards and three assists.
“We absolutely had to spend some energy trying to get back into the game,” coach Griffith said. “Fatigue, or whatever it may have been, there were shots we normally make that we didn’t make.”
Easton’s combined 32 wins the last two seasons are the most since the 1993 state championship team powered by Kelley Gibson, went 25-1, and followed up with a title defense in 1994, the back-to-back 1A championships being the only ones in program history.
Griffith, completing his first season as head coach after two as an assistant, graduates only Pritchett, Skoglund and reserve Jada
Murray from the varsity, and dressed six underclassmen against the Lions.
“We’re very young, and tonight we had three freshmen on the floor for a good majority of the game,” Griffith said. “The way they battled and competed this year, it’s just been remarkable. You look at the progress from the beginning of the season to now, it’s just been tremendous.
“I think we made a pact as the coaches when we all joined up and said, “Let’s get basketball going back in the right direction’,” Griffith added of his assistants Jen Powell and Kurisha Hoffman. “We’re looking forward to the next couple of years, when you look at the freshmen we have and the sophomores and juniors that are all coming back, and seventh and eighth graders that are going to be coming up, we’re all excited for the future.”
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