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Great Mills head girls basketball coach Matthew Wood said that host Huntingtown had definitely improved over the course of the season and his team’s win that needed extra time did not come easy.
On Huntingtown’s senior night, Great Mills junior starting forward Jasmyn Berry and sophomore Mia Moore came through for the visitors in a big way in overtime to escape with the 52-50 victory.
“It was an exciting basketball game,” Wood said, “and they played smart with continued effort by everyone. Huntingtown has really improved throughout the season.
With less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Huntingtown’s Katelyn Hinds was fouled. Wood called a timeout to talk things over with his team before Hinds completed one of two attempts at the free-throw line to put the Hurricanes up 46-44.
A Hurricanes turnover gave Great Mills the ball and senior Tyniece Woodland scored on her own rebound to tie the game at 46 to force overtime. Woodland was the game-high scorer with 19 points.
Huntingtown senior Amanda Johnson got the scoring started in overtime and Berry (7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks) answered back with a four-point run, putting the Hornets up 50-48 with 2 minutes 12 seconds remaining in the extra period.
Hinds, a freshman forward, was under pressure again as she went to the line in overtime to tie the game at 50 after she completed both ends of the one-and-one opportunity.
Moore scored the eventual game-winning basket on a jumper with 44.5 seconds remaining.
Huntingtown’s Teyjah Oliver put up a shot in the dying seconds that was just inches away and Great Mills escaped with the win.
Oliver was the Hurricanes’ top scorer with 17 points. Johnson finished in double digits with 11 and Hinds added 10.
Hinds, who was brought up to the varsity level after the Hurricanes last preseason game, said she felt prepared coming into the game.
“Of course, I was nervous,” Hinds said. “There are some talented girls on that team. I love our seniors so much. I’m so proud of the way they’ve improved. They’re some of my best friends. I don’t know what I’m going to do without them next year. Amanda and Liana [Aquirre] have really stepped up and done their best. Everyone has really. I’m just really going to miss them.”
Berry said as much as Huntingtown has improved over the season, her team has as well.
“When I watched the ball go around the rim, I was just thinking, ‘Not another overtime,’ and it came out” Berry said of Oliver’s last attempt. “We brought our defense up and boxed out and grabbed the rebound for the win. They’ve improved a lot. Tonight they played really, really well with their defense and boxing out. We’re become more of a team and we’ve watched what we’ve been doing wrong and we’ve improved on that.”
Johnson was still in good spirits after the senior night loss.
“It doesn’t matter what the outcome is, it’s just playing hard and working as a team,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t expecting to be a leader this year, but I think I did well. I’m going to miss everyone next year. They should be good. Natalie [Payne] is out with a torn ACL, but she’ll be back.”
Prior to the game, Huntingtown announced its four departing seniors. Johnson, Aquirre, Morgan Daughtridge and Karlie Quinn.
Huntingtown head coach Felicia Hall was not available for comment by press time.
The Hurricanes (3-17, 3-9 SMAC) picked up the seventh seed in the Class 3A South Region playoffs and will be at second-seeded Chopticon for a quarterfinal matchup on Monday.
Great Mills (9-11, 5-6) played Calvert on Tuesday night to wrap up the regular season, a makeup of a Jan. 25 postponement that was too late for inclusion into this edition.
The Hornets are the 11th seed and will be at sixth-seeded Leonardtown for a 4A East Region first-round contest on Friday. The winner will then play Arundel of Anne Arundel County in the quarterfinals on Monday.