The Lions managed to pull within 10-5 by the end of the quarter, and played an almost even second quarter with the defending regional champions, who carried a 22-16 lead into halftime.
Queen Anne’s drew within 25-20 on a Madison Ascione bucket with 5:40 left in the third quarter. But in a 58-second window, Miles (10 points) drained a pair of free throws, Patchett converted a dish from Nina Cifolilli, then scored on a putback for a 3120 cushion. Patchett finished 6 of 7 from the field.
Ascione (eight points) hit 2 of 4 from the foul line in a 19-second block, pulling the Lions within nine midway through the second quarter. But Miles buried a three, Kiah kissed an uncontested lay-in off the glass, and Moran (12 points) grabbed a rebound and went coast-tocoast with a layup for a 3822 lead entering the fourth quarter.
That lead ballooned to 42-22, when Moran set up Patchett for an inside bucket then hit a pair of free throws with 5:51 left. But Kent Island wouldn’t score again until 1:22 remained, as Queen Anne’s full-court press forced turnovers and fueled a comeback.
“They were pressing and we got a little out of sorts,” said Kent Island head coach David Plumer, whose team was outscored 16-8 in the fourth quarter. “When we do what we’re supposed to, I’m sure it’s the same on any team, when you do what you’re supposed to do; you rebound, you box out, you get open looks, you run the offense, you do all those things, you go up 20.
“Sometimes we freelance a little bit, especially when pressure comes,” Plumer said. “We’ve got some really good basketball players; two thousand-point scorers this year. Sometimes I think they just try to take over games and try and do maybe a little bit too much.”
Hill scored on a drive and Emily Poad converted a follow. Becca Clay (nine points) hit a three-pointer before Ascione sank a pair of free throws. Shannon Donovan’s follow and Kelly Cavanagh’s spin move inside for a closerange score pulled Queen Anne’s within 42-35 with 1:27 remaining.
But the Lions couldn’t get any closer, as the Bucs worked the clock, and Miles went 4 for 4 from the foul line in the final 1:22 to cement the victory.
“Hat’s off to Queen Anne’s and Coach Mike,” Plumer said. “They were prepared. Beating the same team three times in a season, I say it all the time, is super tough. We know each other really well. They pressed us. They made some shots. We expected it.
“But I like to know we can go up 20,” Plumer added. “And under pressure, they all performed. We’re doing special things. It’s a special group of girls.”
Notes: Kent Island defeated the Lions by 32 and 12 during the regular season. ... Kent Island was 13 of 18 from the foul line, including a 7-for-10 effort from Miles. ... Queen Anne’s finished 10 of 16 from the line.
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