22-6 run span­ning first, sec­ond quar­ters looms large; Kent Is­land’s Mo­ran scores 16 points

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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-

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