POOLESVILLE — The undefeated Poolesville Falcons on Friday continued to shoot their way into the history books by claiming the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets as their latest victims, with the final score 52-34, increasing the number in their win column to 10.
On paper, the Swarmin’ Hornets – a middle-of-the-table team with a 3-3-1 record – shouldn’t have been too much of a problem for the Falcons, who came into the game with nine straight wins.
“They’re arguably the best team in the county, and they’re tough," said Swarmin’ Hornets head coach Mike Warfield. "We had a hard time scoring against them because of their length, and we’re not tall."
Despite being outmatched, the Hornets managed to hold their own and keep the first half of the game close. In the first quarter, Damascus struck first and managed to go into the break ahead by one point, at 16-15.
Senior forward Drew Dunathan, and junior guard Julia Tomlinson scored eight and five points respectively and would be the driving force behind Damascus for most of the night.
Tomlinson would go ahead and join sophomore forward Clare Bradshaw as the only players for the Swarmin’ Hornets to reach double digits in scoring, with 10 points apiece.
In the second quarter, the Falcons picked up the intensity just enough to eke out a three-point lead going into halftime. This quarter showcased how well-rounded the Falcons could be, and sent the Swarmin’ Hornets scrambling as they struggled to defend against the senior forward duo of Erin Green and Julia Hobbs.
As two of the tallest players on either team, the height advantage Hobbs and Green brought to the court proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for Damascus, allowing them to cherry-pick baskets, steal, block and rebound with impunity.
Green scored 12 points tonight, while junior guards Madeleine Thompson and Sarah Mullikin made 14 and eight, respectively.
Thompson was deadly outside of the perimeter, and four out of her five baskets were three-pointers.
A short six-point burst in the opening minutes of the third quarter was enough to seal the win for Poolesville as they doubled the Swarmin’ Hornets point total for the quarter, 16-8.
Turnover trouble began to have an impact on Damascus, as Hobbs and Green forced the Hornets into giving up the ball more and more, sometimes with missed rebounds and sometimes by stealing it outright.
This trend continued at the start of the fourth quarter as the Falcons closed the game on a scoring streak, draining 11 unanswered points to keep their winning streak alive before the Swarmin’ Hornets could score a single one of their own. According to Falcons head coach Fred Swick, if his players think about the winning streak, that thinking is done at the back of their heads.
“The girls don’t talk about it. I don’t know if they talk about it amongst themselves; they don’t talk about it in front of me,” said Swick.