- The Enterprise
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BALTIMORE – Calvert completed its three-peat Saturday afternoon when it clinched its third-straight Class 2A state girls basketball championship with a 45-39 win over Middletown of Frederick County at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s RAC Arena.
“It’s not me, it’s them out there playing,” Calvert first-year head coach Tim Contee said. “I’m just honored to be here coaching them.”
The Cavaliers (25-2 overall) were seeking to reclaim glory once again, but the pesky Knights (20-8), a 10-time state playoff qualifier that last won a title in 2006, roared out to a 13-2 first-quarter lead and held a 25-20 advantage at halftime.
But Calvert chipped and pecked away and took the lead for the first time when Jasmine Weems’ jumper with 61 seconds left in the third period put Calvert ahead, 33-32.
The two teams were tied at 39 with 3 minutes 5 seconds left in the fourth, but jumpers by Weems and Alexis Smith and two free throws by Weems, coupled with the Knights missing their last nine field goals combined, gave the title to Calvert.
The Cavaliers advanced to Saturday’s state championship game after a convincing 61-42 win over Patterson Mill of Harford County in the state semifinals on Friday. Calvert eliminated Patterson Mill in the state semifinals last year following a 42-31 win.
Calvert took the lead Friday before the game even began when it was awarded two free on a pair of free throws when the Huskies were called for a technical foul for an incorrect number in the scorebook.
Smith scored 12 of her team’s first 13 points to help the Cavaliers build up a 36-16 halftime lead, in large part on 12 points from the foul line.
Calvert led 49-25 late in the third quarter before the Huskies made a valiant charge, thanks to a 15-point run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. But the Cavaliers responded with a 12-point run of its own, which began with Weems’ runner through the lane.
Patterson Mill never recovered, missing its last 11 field goals.
Smith said losing to Gwynn Park of Prince George’s County in the Class 2A South Region final her freshman year gave the team plenty of incentive not to be on the losing side again.
“That made us determined that the next year we would work extra hard, and we worked hard and got there [and won] and it was crazy. Last year, honestly, I didn’t feel it until a few weeks later, but [to win three] is overwhelming.”
Calvert 45, Middletown 39
Middletown 13 12 7 7
Calvert 7 13 17 8
Middletown: George 22, Racz 8, Tolino 8, McLister 1
Calvert: Smith 18, Butler 11, Weems 9, Gross 3, J. Gray 2, Thomas 2
Free throws: Middletown 11-17 (George 8-10); Calvert 6-14 (Smith 4-7)
3-point goals: Middletown 2 (Racz 2); Calvert 5 (Butler 3, Weems, Gross)
Calvert 61, Patterson Mill 42
Patterson Mill 9 7 18 8
Calvert 19 17 13 12
Patterson Mill: Ismail 18, Golec 14, Herman 5, Moro 5
Calvert: Smith 25, Weems 16, Thomas 11, Gross 6, Butler 3
Free throws: Patterson Mill 8-15 (Ismail 6-10); Calvert 16-23 (Smith 4-4, Gross 4-4, Weems 4-4)
3-point goals: Patterson Mill 4 (Golec 2, Herman, Moro); Calvert 3 (Weems 2, Smith)