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to close within 19-12 at the end of the quar­ter. A three­p­ointer by Miles with 5 min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter put the Bucs ahead 25-24. They held the lead for 53 sec­onds.

Smith drove across the lane, was fouled, and hit a free throw to tie the game. Af­ter a Kent Is­land turnover, Richard­son scored with a fast-break layup for a 27-25 Ti­tans lead. A steal by Gar­ri­son led to a base­line three-pointer by Smith to make it 30-25.

Miles was whis­tled for her third foul with 3:42 left in the first half and sat the rest of the half.

“To be hon­est with you, that was our game plan,” Hib­bert said. “We watched films on them. We knew for a fact that 5 [Mo­ran] was a shooter; 21 [Miles] likes to drive and kick to 5 . ... I told Ahriyah at half­time to at­tack her be­cause she was guard­ing her. She didn’t want to pick up cheap fouls, and it worked.”

Mo­ran drove base­line and hit a pull-up floater with 3 min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter, be­fore the Ti­tans closed the half with an 11-1 run.

Smith hit a free throw and drained an­other base­line trey to make it 34-27 with 1:50 left. Richard­son scored with a left-handed lay-in. Smith hit an­other open three and a foul-line jumper with six sec­onds left for a 41-27 ad­van­tage.

Af­ter a long three-pointer by Mo­ran with 6:35 left in the third quar­ter pulled Kent Is­land within 43-31, New Town went on a 10-0 run to take a com­mand­ing lead. Kosh hit a jumper and Smith added a fast-break layup. Smith then picked off a Bucs pass and canned a base­line shot. Richard­son all-net­ted a trey and Kosh hit a free throw as New Town went up 53-31.

New Town led 63-38 at the end of the third quar­ter. The large lead al­lowed both teams to sub­sti­tute lib­er­ally

in the fourth quar­ter.

Plumer called a time­out with 1:32 to play to have his four se­niors on the floor. Ali Patch­ett (four re­bounds, two as­sists), Nina Ci­fo­lilli (six points, two as­sists), and Kiah (five points, five re­bounds) joined Mo­ran on the court for the last time.

“These girls have worked their tails off for me and I’m proud to be their coach,” Plumer said. “I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter group. We had a great ride. We’ll cel­e­brate and see what we can do next year.”

The Ti­tans played in SECU Arena when they won the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship on Feb. 21. Hib­bert said he thought that ex­pe­ri­ence and prac­tic­ing in New Town’s large gym helped his team’s shoot­ing in the state semi­fi­nal.

The Ti­tans scored 32 points in the paint, scored 30 points off turnovers, and had 17 sec­ond-chance points.

Af­ter their sec­ond straight trip to the state semis, Plumer and Miles both an­tic­i­pate an­other solid sea­son next year.

“Our jayvee team was 18-2, so look­ing for­ward, there’s def­i­nitely some play­ers com­ing up,” Plumer said.

“We’re go­ing to be los­ing four of our start­ing five,” Miles said, “but I still think we have a lot of play­ers who can step up. … We have a lot of ath­letes. We have a lot of peo­ple that can run, that can play ball, that can get bet­ter.”

To go along with her 14 points, Miles, al­ready over the 1,000-point mark for her ca­reer, snared seven re­bounds and three steals.

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing all but one re­gional team [Stephen De­catur] in the 2015-16 sea­son, Kent Is­land sched­uled some west­ern shore op­po­nents this sea­son to be bat­tle tested for a post­sea­son run. The Bucs have also be­come a model win­ning pro­gram that op­pos­ing schools are try­ing to im­i­tate.

“That’s where our lone loss came against (St. Vin­cent)

Pal­lotti,” Plumer said. “They were de­cent. I think they ended up hav­ing a pretty good year. We had a re­ally good game

against AACS [An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian School] and I think Eas­ton’s get­ting bet­ter, and Queen Anne’s is get­ting bet­ter. Our [Bay­side

Cham­pi­onship] game against Stephen De­catur, our re­gional game against Elk­ton, they’ve im­proved a lot. So that’s five or six games that we didn’t have last year.” Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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