Li­ons edge the Bucs with strong 4th qtr.

Queen Anne’s im­proves to 7-1, drops Kent Is­land be­low .500 at 4-5 af­ter strong fin­ish on of­fense

Sunday Star - - SPORTS - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­[email protected]­dem.com

Af­ter strug­gling for three quar­ters to score points Fri­day evening against the Buc­ca­neers’ de­fense, Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ bas­ket­ball team found its touch in the fourth.

Shan­non Dono­van drained two 3-point­ers and Jurnee Wil­son and Brooke Gor­dan each added one in the fourth quar­ter, as the Li­ons earned a 43-37 vic­tory over host Kent Is­land.

Queen Anne’s 43 — Kent Is­land 37

STEVENSVILLE — Af­ter strug­gling for three quar­ters to score points Fri­day evening against the Buc­ca­neers’ de­fense, Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ bas­ket­ball team found its touch in the fourth.

Shan­non Dono­van drained two 3-point­ers and Jurnee Wil­son and Brooke Gor­dan each added one in the fourth quar­ter, as the Li­ons earned a 43-37 vic­tory over host Kent Is­land.

Queen Anne’s im­proved to 7-1 over­all and 6-1 in the North Bay­side, stay­ing on course for a po­ten­tial piv­otal se­cond meet­ing against un­beaten divi­sion-lead­ing Easton sched­uled for Jan. 24, al­though there’s still plenty of bas­ket­ball to play. Easton topped Queen Anne’s 47-41 on Dec. 18.

Kent Is­land had one divisional loss en­ter­ing the game and fell to 4-5, 4-2.

Ken­dall Moxey scored a team-high 10 points and pulled down 11 re­bounds for the Li­ons. Makenzy Hu­dock added nine points and Jiyah Hol­lis net­ted six to go along with

11 re­bounds.

Jor­dan Grard scored a game-high 19 points for the Bucs.

Kent Is­land led 27-26 at the end of three quar­ters be­fore an 8-0 run put the Li­ons ahead to stay. Moxey scored in­side off a feed from Gor­dan for a 28-27 Queen Anne’s lead. Af­ter turnovers by both teams, Gor­dan canned a trey from the right side to make it

31-27. Sec­onds later, she col­lected a de­fen­sive re­bound that led to a tran­si­tion 3-pointer by Dono­van for a 34-27 ad­van­tage. Kent Is­land later closed within 36-34 on a layup by Grard af­ter a tip away by Lily Dixon

with 4 min­utes, 10 sec­onds re­main­ing, but Dono­van popped a trey from the right side to put the Li­ons up 3934.

With 3:12 re­main­ing, Wil­son hit her 3-pointer to make it 42-34. Both teams’ de­fenses then took over again. Queen Anne’s fi­nal point came via a free throw by Hu­dock with 9.4 sec­onds left.

“Any­time you play Kent Is­land, it’s go­ing to be a bat­tle and it was tonight,” Li­ons head coach Mike Kern said. “I give them a lot of credit. They played hard. They played well. Hold­ing us to 16 points in the first half, that was good. We’ve been scor­ing a lot and I was

shocked that we could only get 16 against them in first half.”

Nei­ther team shot well from the free-throw line. Queen Anne’s went 4-for-14 while Kent Is­land was 4-for16.

The largest lead in the first half was five points at three times, all by the Li­ons:

13-8, 15-10, and 19-14. Hu­dock was bumped hard but main­tained her bal­ance and sank a 12-foot jumper off a pass from Dono­van to cut Kent Is­land’s lead to 1916 at the half. Hol­lis scored af­ter grab­bing an of­fen­sive re­bound and Moxey hit a pair of free throws to put the Li­ons ahead 20-19 with 5:50 left in the third quar­ter.

The game stayed close the rest of the third. Ash­ley Rotert stole the ball and fed Grard who scored with a tran­si­tion one-han­der for a

27-26 Kent Is­land at the end of the third.

Queen Anne’s then put to­gether a 16-point fourth quar­ter for the vic­tory.

“We had four 3-point­ers in the fourth quar­ter,” Kern said. “We had such an ad­van­tage I’d thought we’d go in­side, but they did such a good job dou­bling down on us, and so we kicked it out and we were for­tu­nate enough to hit like three in a row to get us over the top. The big­gest thing tonight is, we need to close things out mak­ing foul shots.”

Wil­son con­trib­uted five of­fen­sive re­bounds, two steals, and four as­sists for Queen Anne’s. Dono­van, who scored eight points, col­lected four re­bounds, four steals, and four as­sists.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s County High’s Abby Blan­chard scores on a base­line drive dur­ing the third quar­ter Fri­day evening against Kent Is­land in Stevensville.

Queen Anne’s County High’s Jurnee Wil­son, right, bat­tles for ball pos­ses­sion with Kent Is­land’s Jor­dan Grard dur­ing the se­cond quar­ter Fri­day evening in Stevensville.

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