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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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