Mardela girls hold off Lions
In the opening game of the Bayside Tip-Off event at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland on Dec. 5, the Mardela high girls basketball team held off a late fourth quarter run from Queen Anne’s to win 46-38.
The Warriors held a 12-point lead over the Lions to start the fourth quarter, but missed free throws and mistakes on defense allowed the Lions to get back in the game. With four minutes to play, the Lions had cut the Warriors lead to a single basket.
But then one of the Warriors’ leaders stepped up.
Taylor Ross blocked a shot on one end and sprinted up the court on a fast break, only to get fouled at the basket. She made one-of-two shots. On the very next play, Ross stole the in-bounds pass and lofted the ball up for an easy two-points.
She helped Mardela extend the lead and hold it for the remaining moments of the game with defensive efforts. Ross finished the game with 11 points, and her stats in the fourth quarter included a pair of assists, three rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
“It was ugly but it was a win,” said Warriors head coach Kesha Cook. “It showed some weaknesses, but it showed some of our strengths as well, especially on the defensive end.”
Aerionna Joynes also scored 11 points for the Warriors. The Warriors are back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and will hit the road to face the Pocomoke Warriors.
Mardela boys dismantled by Lions
Mardela high’s boys basketball team wouldn’t fare as well against the Queen Anne’s County Lions as their girls counterparts did.
The Warriors fell behind by a large deficit early and were unable to overcome it. The Lions won with little effort, topping Mardela 61-23.
Tyler McCoy was the leading scorer for Mardela with seven points. Lions’ senior Cassius Warren led all scorers with 21.
The Warriors were coached in this game by Layton Williams. Prior to the start of the season, former Warriors’ head coach Shawn Tucker was forced to step down after he took a job at a school in Dorchester County.
The Warriors will host Pocomoke on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Clippers clipped by Colonels
At the Governor’s Challenge Media Day in November, head coach Dustin Mills said that the James M. Bennett high boys basketball team was only returning one player with previous varsity basketball experience.
At the Peake Tip-Off on Saturday, that was obvious in the Clippers’ season opener against Colonel Richardson.
The Colonels built a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter and coasted to a 68-55 victory over the Clippers.
“In the second half we played like a better ball club, unfortunately the lead was too much,” Mills said. “We missed a lot of fouls shots and left a lot of points on the floor. We’re inexperienced and we made some mistakes. We can all improve across the board, from the coaches down to the bench players.”
Several Colonels stuffed the stat sheet against the Clippers, and leading the way was Tarrell Hammond, who led all scorers with 30 points and also had six rebounds. Shawne Bowen added 14 points, six assists, six steals and three rebounds for the Colonels.
From the opening tip it was clear that this was going to be a physical game. Bodies flew and hit the floor often, and together both teams combined for a plethora of fouls.The battle on the glass was fierce too, but the Colonels held a clear advantage there, out-rebounding the Clippers by a 42-30 margin.
“I’ve played in some physical games, but this one was really physical,” said Hammond, who had to sit out for a bit after getting hit in the ear. “We didn’t know nothing about (Bennett). My team put the effort in, we were passing the ball around, Mark Turner was getting rebounds, other people were getting rebounds and we played a terrific game.”
Turner finished with nine rebounds for the Colonels in addition to his 11 points and six blocks. For the Clippers, Otis Russell has 10 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Bishop Scott had eight points and six rebounds.
The first quarter was close between these two sides, but Colonel turned it up a notch when the Clippers cut the deficit to just a point in the opening moments of the game. Leading 9-8, the Colonels embarked on a 19-4 run that dipped into the second quarter. That would put enough cushion between themselves and the Clippers for the rest of the game.
The Clippers went on a run in the closing moments of the game, cutting the final deficit to 13 points.
“We got better as the game progressed, but I told them we can’t go hard, then slack off, then go hard then slack off,” Mills said. “We have to have a relentless effort for four quarters. At the end, if we played with that intensity then it’s a totally different ball game. It’s a matter of them learning that and learning to play together.”
The Clippers will face the Crisfield Crabbers, who are 0-1 after a loss to Easton on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Crisfield at 6:30 p.m.
Pocomoke led Bulldogs in the second quarter
The games at the Peak Tip-Off ran a little behind schedule, but the Pocomoke high boys basketball team had a big lead over the North Caroline Bulldogs in the event’s final game.
At halftime, the Warriors led the Bulldogs 48-16. Tyler Nixon was leading the Warriors with 11 points, and the Bulldogs had 16 turnovers in the first half. The second half started with a running clock.