DAMASCUS – The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets kept the Watkins Mill Wolverines down long enough to win 42-34, even after a late surge by the visitors that put them on the edge.
“They rebounded and drove the ball, and we didn’t react that well, but just enough to win,” said Swarmin’ Hornets’ head coach Steve Pisarski.
The Swarmin’ Hornets scored first and never let go of the lead, always building it up until the end. The Wolverines were stuck nipping at their heels and were never too far behind, keeping the Swarmin’ Hornets constantly on their toes.
The first quarter was marred by defensive errors as the Wolverines fouled the Swarmin’ Hornets enough to bring them to the line seven times.
Eight of the Swarmin Hornets’ 13 points in the first quarter were from foul shots, as the Wolverine’s defense could not contain the Swarmin’ Hornets inside the paint.
The Wolverines showed promise in the second quarter, as they went on an eight-point streak before being interrupted by a three-pointer, courtesy of Swarmin’ Hornets junior guard Stephanie DiLeo.
Senior guard Shawna McDougall and senior point guard Brittanie Wray helped the Wolverines with a combined 20 points through the entire game as the backbone of their offense.
The Swarmin’ Hornets had junior forward Drew Dunathan charging in the paint and drawing fouls, stepping up to the line six times and scoring 14 points throughout the game.
Senior guard Kalynn Sefcik also bolstered the Swarmin’ Hornets offense with 10 points.
The third quarter saw the Wolverines score a game-low six points while the Swarmin’ Hornets doubled that and scored 12, thanks to two clutch three-pointers by DiLeo and senior guard Toni Marella.
But the fourth and final quarter was where the Wolverines finally threatened the home team, as a defensive struggle kept the Swarmin’ Hornets to a game-low five points as the Wolverines scored 10.
“I just wanted us to exploit their weaknesses, which was man-to-man defense,: said Wolverines head coach Donita Adams.
After a foul shot by junior forward Princess Frasier, the momentum that the Wolverines had was reduced as the Swarmin’ Hornets scored just enough points to keep the Wolverines at bay and ran the clock to ensure that their comeback dreams would fade.
“We didn’t want to take the team lightly, but we definitely needed to play to our best,” said Marella.