Un­de­feated Kent Is­land fends off late push by Queen Anne’s, then beats Elk­ton for state bid

Record Observer - - Sports -

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.”

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