Plagued by early foul trouble and a slow start offensively, Catonsville High girls' basketball coach Mike Mohler had to buy some time with a zone defense, during his team’s Class 4A state semifinal battle with Calvert County power North Point, Thursday at Towson University’s SECU Arena.
The move provided some unexpected dividends and ultimately lead to the No. 4 Comets' 64-40 rout of the Eagles, earning the Baltimore County school a spot in Saturday’s 4A state title game against defending state champ Montgomery County’s Walt Whitman, which defeated Eleanor Roosevelt, 49-43, in the other semifinal.
North Point, a team with four players who shoot 39-percent of better from beyond the three-point, was ice cold from long range, hitting just 2-of-15 shots from beyond the arc. In fact, the Eagles were icy from every spot on the court, converting just 16 of of 63 field goal attempts (25-percent). That, along with Catonsville’s ability to score in transition, proved to be North Point’s undoing.
Jasmine Dickey and Jamelia Barrett combined for 14 second quarter points as Catonsville turned a four-point deficit into a 30-25 halftime lead. The Comets then held North Point to just 15 second half points as they rapidly pulled away for the rout.
“We didn’t have a choice,” said Catonsville coach Mike Mohler of the early move to the zone. “We knew they were good shooters. They have four double-figure players, but at that point we had to buy time and the only way we were going to do it was in the zone.”
Mohler also praised his reserves for helping the team weather the early foul trouble.
“We are pretty resilient,” said Mohler. “When I had my two leading scorers on the bench with two fouls in the first quarter, we had a long way to go to get out of it. I thought the girls that came in off the bench actually get most to the credit for hanging us in there, keeping us close.”
In the third quarter the Comets broke things open. Still leading by five midway through the quarter, Catonsville closed the quarter on an 11-1 run and sophomore Gabby Douglas led the charge with eight points, including a huge three-pointer at the buzzer.
Douglas, who finished with 18 point in the contest, admitted that the final shot probably should not have counted.
“I knew we were running out of time and I carried the ball a little bit,” said Douglas of her third-quarter buzzer beater that gave the Comets a commanding 49-34 lead. “No it didn’t get called and then I just kind of threw it up there, and I got lucky.”
Barrett finished with a game-high 26 points, including 18 in the second half and Dickey, a junior netted 14 points. According to Barrett, the Comets executed their original game plan, even if they could not get into it until the second quarter.
“We came out from the jump with the idea that we were going to run this team,” said Barrett. “We wanted to get up and down the court, and make good passes, hustle and that’s what I tried to do.”
The Comets outscored North Point 38-20 in the paint and forced 23 defensive turnovers, while turning it over just six times themselves.
Junior Staisha Daniels had a game-high eight rebounds, while Dickey had seven. Dickey also had five assists. Necole Hope scored 13 points to lead North Point and Aliyah Bullock finished with 12 points for the Eagles.
CLASS 4A STATE SEMIFINAL
AT TOWSON UNIVERSITY
NO. 4 CATONSVILLE 64, NORTH POINT 40
CAT 8 22 19 15 — 64
NP 12 13 9 6 — 40
CATONSVILLE: Barrett 26, Gast 4, Daniels 1, Douglas 18, Lally 1, Dickey 14. TOTALS: 23 16-24 64.
NORTH POINT: Johnson 3, Jackson 8, Hope 13, Robinson 2, Davis 2, Bullock 12. TOTALS: 16 6-13 40.
Last Updated (Friday, 10 March 2017 13:44)