TOWSON – Gwynn Park’s dreams of a girls 2A state title were cut short on March 9 after losing to Poolesville High School, 61-49 at the SECU Arena in Towson. “I liked the way we got off to a quick start, and they had to play catch-up most of the game,” Poolesville Head Coach […]
TOWSON – Gwynn Park’s dreams of a girls 2A state title were cut short on March 9 after losing to Poolesville High School, 61-49 at the SECU Arena in Towson.
“I liked the way we got off to a quick start, and they had to play catch-up most of the game,” Poolesville Head Coach Fred Swick said. “I thought in the second half we could handle their full-court pressure.”
In the early stages of the game, both teams struggled to get their shots to fall. However, the Lady Falcons moved the ball well, which led to an open three-pointer by Lee 3-0. Despite the early slump in the shooting, Poolesville made a few baskets in a row to create a 10-0 run.
Moving forward, the Lady Yellowjackets continued to struggle in the opening quarter after missing their first five shots in the first seven minutes of play. With just a 1:30 left in the first quarter, a nifty post move by Gwynn Park’s Jenae Dublin resulted in a layup off the glass 10-2.
Even with a bad shooting quarter for both teams, the Lady Falcons maintained their lead throughout the entire quarter 17-7. Both squads combined shooting for the quarter was an abysmal 35 percent.
Heading into the second quarter, the Lady Yellowjackets began to cut away at the lead. After a dominant drive to the basket by Kroix Dale led to a pair of free throws. Dale split the pair and on the following inbound stole the ball back and scored a smooth finger roll 17-10.
In the late stages of the quarter, the Lady Yellowjackets continued to chip away at the Lady Falcons lead. Amaya Harkley earned herself a pair of free throws after a hard foul in the lane. She hit both free throws to cut the lead down to six points 24-17. The Lady Falcons controlled the remainder of the half and took a seven-point lead to the locker room 31-24.
Once the second half got underway, the Lady Falcons managed to shoot the ball much better than the first half.
However, with moments to go in the third quarter, Chyna Landon made a leaping effort to catch an inerrant pass and finished with a silky-smooth layup to cut the lead down to six points.
The Lady Falcons finished the quarter holding on to a narrow five-point lead 47-42.
While the Lady Yellowjackets chipped down the lead all afternoon, the Lady Falcons looked to put the game away early. They got on a roll in the first four minutes of the final period by going on an 8-2 scoring run 55-44.
After the run, the Lady Falcons had the game under control until the final buzzer and eliminated the Lady Yellowjackets from the state playoffs.
Even with the loss in the state semifinal, Dublin led her team in scoring with a double-double for the Lady Yellowjackets with 21 points 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Poolesville defeated Queen Anne’s County High School in the state championship game 63-23 on March 10.