Digital Harbor girls can't keep up with Calvert in 66-35 loss

Rams' fall to Cavaliers in Class 2A semifinal at UMBC

March 11, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Digital Harbor's girls basketball team went into Friday's state semifinal averaging about 55 points a game for the season and 63 in the playoffs, but that offense disappeared on the floor at UMBC.

The No. 11 Rams never got their running game going and shot 28 percent, as Calvert used the fast break to put Digital Harbor away early in a 66-35 victory in a Class 2A semifinal.

Not much went right for the offense as the Rams fell behind by 10 after one quarter and 16 at the half. They managed just one fast-break basket, and that didn't come until the fourth quarter.

"I guess we didn't pack it in our bag," Rams coach Patrick McDonald said of his offense. "It stalemated for sure and we weren't able to get the looks that we wanted. Whether it was a matchup zone or just a regular zone, you've got to attack the gaps, and we didn't do a good job of that. Hats off to Calvert. They played a very good basketball game."

Instead of the Rams (15-9) going for their second title in three years, the Cavaliers (24-3) will try to become the first Calvert County team — girls or boys — to win a state basketball championship when they meet Middletown, a 66-34 winner over Elkton in the other semifinal, Saturday at 1 p.m. at RAC Arena.

The Rams have been to the tournament four straight times, but they never hit their stride thanks in part to Calvert's speed, and also their inability to rebound and their impatience on offense. Getting beat 41-29 on the boards stifled the Rams' running game, and they struggled with the half-court offense.

"We rushed everything and didn't execute," senior guard Ke'Shara Floyd said. "There were a lot of open gaps and we didn't take that. We didn't know what to do. We were nervous."

The Rams pulled within 32-20 on layups from A'Lexus Harrison (15 points, 14 rebounds) to open the second half. The Cavaliers then answered with eight straight points, including a couple on the break from Rachel Loube (18 points) and a pull-up jumper from Alexis Smith (21 points) to end any hope of a Rams comeback.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

D—Parks 7, Floyd 10, Scarborough 3, Harrison 15. Totals 14 4-19 35.

C—Loube 18, Weems 9, Lester 11, Smith 21, Thomas 4, Butler 1. Totals 28 9-19. Half: C, 32-16.

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