Easton rolls past Mardela Griffith, Jeter pace second rout
Griffith scores 18, Jeter 17 in second straight blowout win
EASTON — His team’s lead was 16 points. But Matt Griffith had seen enough.
So less than two minutes into the second half, Easton High’s girls’ head basketball coach called time, walked onto the floor, motioned his players to gather round, and made it clear to one and all his team needed to regain its intensity, and quickly.
Easton responded by outscoring Mardela 30-2 over the remaining 14 minutes, 18 seconds Thursday night while cruising to a 68-34 victory for its second lopsided win in as many nights.
“I think we started off a little rough, but once we started playing as a team, we get better as it goes on,” said sophomore guard Lily Osborne, who finished with 10 points and plucked eight steals to highlight Easton’s harassing defense.
“We weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing,” junior center Abi Detrich said after her eight-point, 11-rebound performance. “We were coming out in the third quarter flat, so we needed to pick it up if we wanted to play the way we play.”
Easton, which routed Colonel Richardson, 54-7, in Wednesday’s seasonopener, built a 23-9, first-quarter lead
on Mardela, and extended it to 3418 at the half.
Mardela’s Armani Banks (teamhigh 12 points) drained a 3-pointer 26 seconds into the second half, drawing the visitors within 13. Emily Griffith (five rebounds, three assists, game-high 18 points) and Myia Jeter (17 points, five assists) scored in succession to widen Easton’s lead to 20 before Banks converted one of two free throws.
After another 30 seconds of helter-skelter play, Coach Griffith called timeout, as if to say, stop.
“We were not playing our brand of basketball,” Matt Griffith said. “And we fell into their brand of basketball. And we needed to stop and regroup. So I helped them out (with the timeout). We lost our intensity. We needed to get the intensity back.
“Basically I told them we didn’t shoot the ball well early in the first half, so let’s concentrate on pounding into the paint in the second half and we wanted to push tempo,” Griffith added. “When we run good things happen for us. All of a sudden we stopped running, started settling for jumpers and Mardela made a little run on us. Our defensive intensity went down a little bit.”
It picked up after the timeout, along with the offense.
Emily Griffith scored a layup then made one of two from the foul line. Jeter scored a layup. Detrich netted a close-range field goal. Osborne hit consecutive layups in transition. Jeter converted a turnover into a layup before Abby Farr (eight points) canned a 3-pointer to cap a 16-0 Easton flurry. Banks’ two free throws with 57 seconds left in the third were Mardela’s only points over the game’s final 13:52.
“It’s our focus point,” Coach Griffith said of defense. “We’ve been doing that since I’ve been here. We want to play defense. We feel that if we can play good enough defense it can keep us in most games, and give us some opportunities to score some transition baskets.”
Coach Griffith worked his reserves into the game throughout the second half, but Easton continued its stingy defensive play, holding Mardela scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“We needed to get to a couple shooters more (quickly), but besides that we moved our feet and got to where we needed to be,” Detrich said.
Parkside 51, North Dorchester 32
SHILOH — Breisha Cephas dropped 29 points in an opening loss for the Eagles, who will play Tuesday at North Caroline.
Jackie Wright led the Rams (1-0) with 23.
Wicomico 46, Cambridge-SD 27
CAMBRIDGE — Makayla Dockins posted eight points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the Vikings (0-1). Cambridge-SD next plays Tuesday at home against Kent County.
Wicomico is 1-0.
Easton’s Lily Osborne, left, pushes the ball down floor as Mardela’s Kenzie Mills (14) defends during Thursday night’s second half.
Easton’s Emily Griffith, left, who had a team-high 18 points, looks to pass while being defended by Mardela’s Brinay Marshall during Thursday night’s first half.