Hornets rule SMAC on hardwood
Head coach Jeff Burrell was beside himself after his Great Mills boys basketball team went on a game-changing, 14-2 run to claim a 66-53 win over visiting St. Charles in the Class 3A South Region Section II final on Feb. 28.
With the win the Hornets (19-3 overall), who had won 17 straight games with the triumph over the Spartans, had the honor of hosting Poly of Baltimore City in the Class 3A South Region final. The Engineers had earned their spot in the regional final following their 61-58 win over Potomac of Prince George’s County in the Section I final.
“I’m excited, beyond excited for our kids,” Burrell said a few feet away from a raucous Hornets locker room after the sectional final victory. “The big thing is the whole community came out. It was loud and energetic and there was a lot of positive energy out there from our young [players] and when things got bad for us we still heard encouragement from our crowd. You could kind of see the court shifting a bit. We love stuff like that.”
Great Mills’ sophomore forward Dominic Brooks had 10 points, 8 rebounds, as well as a team-high 5 blocks in the win over St. Charles.
St. Charles (17-7), the sec- ond seed in Section II, had won seven of eight games, their only loss a 57-51 setback to the Great Mills, the section’s top seed, in the SMAC title game the previous week.
The Great Mills boys basketball team was able to secure a new banner for the school, but the second one eluded them following a 60-54 loss to visiting Poly in the Class 3A South Region championship game on March 2.
The Hornets (19-4 overall) led Poly for most of the game.
“I’m extremely proud of this team. I’ve never been a part of anything like this before,” Great Mills senior Davon Keemer said. “This is a one in a million feelings I’ll feel all my life. This will be one of those memories that every single one of us will remember.”
“I can’t really [put it into words how I feel now], but I’m real proud,” said Great Mills senior Dee Barnes, who scored a team-high 14 points. “We came a long way this year. We had a tough season, a real tough season but we played our heart out.”
Great Mills’ Dee Barnes releases a shot as St. Charles’ Tremaine Chesley, left, and Ramerik Daniels move in to defend the Class 3A South Region Section II final. Barnes finished with 23 points as the Hornets won 66-53.