22-6 run spanning first, second quarters looms large; Kent Island’s Moran scores 16 points
CAMBRIDGE — There was a time — six, seven years ago — when Hannah Moran, Ali Patchett, Claire Pritchett, Emma Hill and Emily Poad played on the same travel basketball team — the Eastern Shore Heatwave.
The group split when they entered high school, Moran and Patchett going to Kent Island, Hill and Poad teaming at Queen Anne’s, while Pritchett went to Easton.
The former teammates reunited Tuesday night, combining for 39 points in helping the North girls earn a 60-49 victory over the South in the 32nd annual Cliff Mister Bayside Conference senior all-star basketball games at Cambridge-South Dorchester High.
“It’s definitely different playing with people you’re trying to beat the whole season,” Pritchett said. “It’s up on the board the whole sea- son, like, ‘Let’s beat Queen Anne’s. Let’s beat the Lions.’ Now it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re the North; like shake hands, smile, pass to each other. It was weird. But at the end I think we did well. I think we meshed together well.” Kind of like old times. The South held a 7-6 lead with about 4 minutes remaining in the first quarter before the North went on a 22-6 scoring spree that carried over into the second quarter for a 28-13 lead. The South answered with a 9-2 burst to close the first half, beginning a trend where the North stretched its lead and the South closed, but never pulled even.
“It’s fun when they’re all on the same team, and you have the potential to have three or four shooting from the outside,” said North coach Mike Kern, who as Queen Anne’s head coach, has seen plenty of Moran, Patchett and Pritchett over the past four seasons. “It’s great when you have that many that can shoot three-[pointers] out on the court.”
Though the South held a size advantage under the glass, the North was better from both lines, hitting nine three-pointers to the South’s three, and converting 9 of 17 from the foul line to the South’s 12-for-29 effort.
“We struggled a little bit rebounding,” Kern said. “But we were playing mostly guards. I thought overall it was fun, and that’s what it was all about.”
Having the most fun from outside the three-point line was Moran, who buried four treys and was 2 for 2 from the free-throw line as part of a game-high 16-point performance.“I guess that’s where I excel over other people, especially this game,” Moran said of her three-point shooting touch. “I’m just going for the three.”
Colonel Richardson’s Zay Dobson hit a pair from beyond the arc to fin-