Vikings fight to the end, but fouls hurt repeat bid
CATONSVILLE 49, WHITMAN 46
TOWSON, MD. — Even Abby Meyers hustled to the sideline, forgoing hugs in favor of high-fives before taking a seat at the end of Whitman’s bench. With five fouls, the standout senior was knocked out of the Maryland 4A state final and had every reason to crack.
But Meyers kept her composure, and facing a five-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining in the 49-46 loss to Catonsville, so did her teammates. Senior Livy Meyers, Abby’s twin sister, scored the next four points as the Vikings scrambled back into the game, only to come up empty on their final possession Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena.
“This is a special senior year for me,” said Abby Meyers, who has committed to play college basketball at Princeton. “If you told me we were going to be state finalists at the end of year, I’d doubt you.”
Seventh-ranked Whitman (22-5) was seeking its second consecutive state championship, and nearly pulled off the repeat on the backs of the Meyers twins. Abby Meyers recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Livy Meyers added 15 points and two blocks, protecting the paint on defense.
Jasmine Dickey scored 30 points and Jen Gast pulled down 13 rebounds for Catonsville (26-2) as the Baltimore County school won its first girls’ basketball state championship. The teams combined for 41 fouls and 50 free throw attempts, with Dickey hitting 18 of 24 from the line.
“I didn’t just do this for myself,” Dickey said. “I did this for the seniors, for the coaches and for the Catonsville community. I feel good about the winning and how we got it.”
Whitman nearly erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Abby Meyers knocked down a three-pointer and then found freshman Carter McGloon for a three to get the Vikings to within four.
Livy Meyers drove down the court for a layup on Whitman’s first possession without Abby Meyers — who had joined fellow senior Isabel Manzano, also with five fouls, on the bench — then went to the foul line and converted both attempts to pull the Vikings within one.
“I was thinking that I had to step up,” Livy Meyers said.
Down three in the closing seconds, Livy Meyers caught a pass past halfcourt and was whistled for a travel before attempting a deep three-pointer that bounced off the rim.
When the final buzzer sounded, Abby Meyers and her teammates huddled for a final time, shedding tears in an arena they have competed in each of the past three seasons.
“To get back here, it was great, and it was special,” Coach Pete Kenah said. “I was so proud of this group for enjoying the journey. We had a great time every step of the way, and I just thought they showed so much.”
At the postgame news conference, Abby Meyers sat alongside her sister and Kenah and shook her head as she looked at the stat sheet.
“It’s going to hurt me for a while,” Abby Meyers said. The Vikings nearly exited the podium without the second-place trophy, and when Abby Meyers returned to the table to get it, she said jokingly, “We don’t want it.”
Abby Meyers, right, finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but Catonsville won its first state title.