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The Calvert girls basketball team became the first Southern Maryland Athletic Conference basketball team to win a state championship when it claimed the Class 2A title during the 2010-11 season.

It became the first to win a second when it repeated the feat following a 57-22 rout over Century of Carroll County, the 2A West Region champions, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s RAC Arena in Baltimore on March 10.

“I'm not going to lie,” Calvert head coach Frank Moore said at the time. “We're all real proud we can say we're back-to-back [state champions]. I used the word humble [to describe how I felt last year] and I still am.”

After a small scare in the state semifinals the day before against Patterson Mill of Harford County, the 2A East Region champions, a 42-31 win, Calvert left no doubt in the final as it took a 20-point lead into halftime.

Calvert held Century to just 10 field goals the entire game and only four over the final 16 minutes, including none over a span of 10 minutes 27 seconds. The Knights scored just two points in the fourth quarter on a shot with five seconds left. The 22 points was the fewest by a state runner-up since at least 1976, when Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association records begin.

“We played the devil out of defense,” Moore said after the win.

Junior Alexis Smith, who later signed a letter of intent to attend Drexel University (Pa.), scored a team-high 16 points and Rachel Loube scored 15. Teammate Daijah Thomas had 10 of Calvert's 36 rebounds.

Calvert finished the season 26-1 its lone loss a 58-53 loss to Southern Maryland Athletic Conference champion North Point and won its first 16 games of the season. In 12 conference games, Calvert reached the 80-point plateau nine times and held its opponents to 30 points or fewer eight times.

The Cavaliers lost four players Loube, Lester, Kara Collins and Braedyn Mims to graduation and Moore pulled a stunner when he accepted the vacant Northern boys head coaching position months later.

MICHAEL REID