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UPPER MARLBORO – After being down by as much as 23 points early in the second half, Surrattsville High School nearly stole a win away from Frederick Douglass High School on Feb. 22 outscoring Douglass 29-19 the rest of the way and almost pulling off an improbable win after being down 33-10.
“As a team, we got to come together instead of letting the other team get in our heads,” Douglass senior guard Teona Smith said. “When we make a mistake we can’t just keep looking back on that mistake. We have to move forward from it.”
Douglass outlasted Surratsville, 43-38, to advance to 13-8 and Surrattsville fell to 12-10.
Junior guard Brenae Ford led the Eagles with 13 points, and Smith contributed nine points of her own. The Hornets leading scorers were junior Seriyah Wren (14 points) and freshman Jadyn Wages (10 points).
The victory was their second of the season against Surrattsville, the first being a 40-33 win on Feb. 12, and marked the Eagle’s tenth win in a row over their Prince George’s County foe.
“We got out to a good start, and I think we got a little lax,” Douglass Head Coach Derwin Faulkner said, “They came back, and we were in a dogfight and stopped executing at the end.”
The Eagles came out striking first with a seven-point run before Surratsville Head Coach Devin May called a timeout.
May was visibly upset with the Hornets, during the opening sequence they coughed the ball up six times on unforced turnovers.
However, with nearly two minutes remaining into the second quarter Surratsville got on the board on a junior guard Danielle Ellerbee layup. However, Douglass continued to pour it on, building a 15-point lead after a Ford midrange jumper with under a minute to go in the first half.
The Eagles lead ballooned to 33-10 after Douglass emerged from the locker room on a 7-0 run.
After Wren stopped the bleeding with a layup, it helped the Hornets close the gap to 16 points, 33-17, before Douglass brought it back to a 21-point deficit after forward Kailah Major-Taylor scored on a layup.
In the final frame, the Hornets stole all the momentum. A seven-point Surrattsville run closed the Eagles lead to 38-24 before a Major-Taylor free throw momentarily stopped the run.
The Hornets response this time was scoring 10 points in a row. Surrattsville reeled off several and-one buckets in a row.
However, only junior Tori Tolson completed one of those three-point plays making the score 39-29 early in the fourth quarter. After Wages’ free throw closed the deficit to 39-36 with about two minutes left, the Eagles called a timeout as the Hornets celebrated the moment.
The magic would stop there for Surratsville after the timeout; the Hornets proceeded to turn the ball over twice and only scored once more on a Wages steal and layup that made the score 41-38.
Ford would end any doubts on the subsequent possession. An out-of-bounds play resulted in the junior guard getting open on the right wing and burying a midrange pull-up jumper, resulting in the final score.
“It felt good because, I was like, we really needed that,” Ford said, “I mean the game ain’t stop and it wasn’t over, so I got to play until the last second.”
As playoffs and county championships begin next week, Smith let it be known that with five seniors and a deep and talented rotation according to Derwin, the Eagles are coming in teeming with confidence and ready to shock the state.
“We aren’t going to get kicked out of the playoffs easily,” Smith said, “We’re going to work hard, whoever plays against us, they’re going to feel us for real.”