Vik­ings fight to the end, but fouls hurt re­peat bid


The Washington Post Sunday - - ALLMETSPORTS.COM - BY ERIC GOLDWEIN eric.goldwein@wash­

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.

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