Eas­ton rolls past Mardela Grif­fith, Jeter pace sec­ond rout

Grif­fith scores 18, Jeter 17 in sec­ond straight blowout win

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE [email protected]­dem.com

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.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Eas­ton’s Lily Os­borne, left, pushes the ball down floor as Mardela’s Ken­zie Mills (14) de­fends dur­ing Thurs­day night’s sec­ond half.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

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