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The sound of basketball shoes stopping and starting up and down the court at Leonardtown on Monday evening was a sign of tight defense and also many turnovers as Leonardtown hosted Huntingtown in the SMAC girls basketball contest.
The Raiders (7-9, 4-3 SMAC) began to pull away at halftime, leading 26-13, and, despite the Hurricanes making some noise in the fourth quarter, the hosts came away with a 54-37 victory.
Leonardtown faces off with SMAC-leading North Point at 6:30 tonight at home. And Raiders head coach Christen Doerrer said her team is going to be ready to face Eagles on senior night, a game her team always gets up for.
“I told the girls in [the locker room] that we have nothing to lose, I don’t want them to go in there intimidated,” Doerrer said. “Obviously, North Point is the best team in our conference, but it’s senior night so it’s going to be a good time anyway and I basically want the girls to go in there and fight. I told them a couple key things on our end that will hopefully enable us to be in that game. If we can do the things that I talked to them about, we should be in good shape.”
Leonardtown’s Jasmyn Ogletree led the team Monday night with 16 points, with 14 of those points coming in the first half as she cleaned up well around the rim.
Ogletree said after battling some sickness she felt well enough to play hard Monday night and added that this was one of her best games.
“We’ve been working on moving the ball a little more [in practice] and running our difference offenses and try and make space so me and other players can drive in more,” Ogletree said. “Their girls were a little bit shorter than us, but they were still good competition. It wasn’t easy by any means.”
Ogletree said her team needs to concentrate on rebounding against North Point.
“Last time they were getting a lot of offensive rebounds and scoring points that way, so that’s our big thing, rebounding,” Ogletree said. “But we’re just going to go out there and have fun and try and win it for our seniors because it’s our senior night.”
Leonardtown’s starting guard Erin Buhler, known for her three-point range, had three of from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points.
Leonardtown guard Aaliyah Fields and forward Ashley Guy were impact players as well as Taylor Superior and Alyssa Bois as the Raiders left no breathing room on defense for the Hurricanes.
Superior came through under the basket with putbacks and Fields was quick to steal and even tossed up a three-point goal of her own.
Huntingtown was led starting guard Erica Shields and starting forward Katelyn Hinds with eight points each. Starting guard and co-captain Amanda Johnson finished with seven points and Emily Morgan added six.
“We had a pretty decent week last week. Calvert is always a tough one [a 76-35 Calvert win on Friday night] and we got our first win against Lackey [last] Wednesday [a 53-26 victory],” Huntingtown head coach Felicia Hall said. “The girls are just really starting to play a lot better together and at this time of the season, that’s good. They’re starting to click. I know it was a loss tonight but just from the first quarter, you could really see them running the offense. We did throw the ball away too many times.”
Huntingtown will host Thomas Stone, a team that Hall said is always competitive and has almost become like a rivalry for the Hurricanes, at 6:30 tonight.