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 firstname.lastname@example.org