Undefeated Kent Island fends off late push by Queen Anne’s, then beats Elkton for state bid
STEVENSVILLE — Mike Kern knows Kent Island High’s girls’ basketball team can beat you in a number of areas.
During their two regular-season meetings this year, Queen Anne’s County’s head coach had seen the Bucs hurt his team — and just about everyone else on their schedule — with the three-pointer and the transition game.
So Kern had reason to be pleased with how the Lions limited Kent Island’s long-range and transition play Wednesday night. Trouble was that opened the post for the Buccaneers, who got 12 points from Ali Patchett and eight from Jahtera Kiah before holding off a late Queen Anne’s rush to secure a 46-38 victory in the Class 2A East Section II final.
Kent Island (24-0) defeated Elkton in the East final on Friday, reaching the state playoffs for the second straight season. The Bucs will face North Region champ New Town, 3 p.m. this afternoon at Towson University’s SECU Arena.
“They really kill teams on the three-ball,” said Kern, who watched Buccaneer shooting stars Hannah Moran and Se’Ri Miles — who each surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark this season — combine for three from behind the arc last night. “Hannah had two in the first half and Se’Ri had one in the second half. That was our whole thing: stop the perimeter game. In doing so we’re giving up a little bit in the post. And they found some easy baskets inside because we were so worried about the perimeter.
“You got to give and take,” Kern added. “They’re such a good team, you can’t defend it all.”
Queen Anne’s (18-5) did a fair job defending Kent Island in the first quarter, but didn’t score its first points until 1 minute, 13 seconds remained in the period, when Emma Hill (team-high 10 points) canned a three-pointer from the left wing. By that time, the Buccaneers had already established a 10-0 lead.
“We were very cold shooting in the first half,” Kern said. “You give up a 10-nothing spot, it’s hard to beat a team like that. They are good. But we shouldn’t have gotten in that hole in the first place.”