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B-CC Barons’ historic season in girls b-ball ends with loss to Catonsville

Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caitlyn Clendenin scored a layup in a losing effort that saw the Barons fall to the Catonsville Comets in the state semifinal game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  TOWSON — The 2017-18 season has certainly been a historic ride for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team. The Barons advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, and during the first half against the defending state champion Catonsville Comets, it looked like this playoff ride would continue.

Then Catonsville’s Jasmine Dickey took the game into her own hands.

Behind Dickey’s dominant second half, Catonsville stormed back in the second half, and defeated B-CC 63-51.

The Barons were certainly unfazed by the stage on which they were playing as the game tipped off. The underdog Barons came out hot, starting the game on a 6-0 run. B-CC was able to break the Catonsville press, and convert lay-ups. The Barons dominated the post in the first half, largely out-rebounding the Comets. B-CC pushed its lead to as much as 17 in the first half, leading 25-8. At halftime, B-CC led 27-13.

B-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell showed grit down the stretch against Catonsville defenders in the state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell showed grit down the stretch against Catonsville defenders in the state semifinal game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHHowever, the script completely flipped in the second half. Dickey, who has scored over 2,000 points in her high school career, knew this could be her last game. Determined to make sure it wouldn’t be, Dickey, who had just six points in the first half, became dominant in the second half.

The Barons had no answer for Dickey, and Catonsville quickly closed the gap. B-CC didn’t have a field goal in the first five minutes of the second half. The Comets took their first lead of the game at 32-30 in the third quarter.

Catonsville had all the momentum, and continued to pull away from there, erasing a 17-point first-half deficit to overtake the Barons by a 12-point lead at the game’s end.

Dickey, a Delaware commit, finished the game with 30 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block, most of which came in the second half. While Catonsville, and especially Dickey, struggled to hit shots in the first half, once they got rolling in the second half, nothing the Barons did could stop them.

Jamelia Barrett added 15 points for the Comets.

In what would be her final game, Caitlyn Clendenin led the Barons to their first-half lead, and helped them stay in the game in the second half. Clendenin finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Charlotte Lowndes struggled shooting the ball. The dead-eyed three-point shooter didn’t make a single trey in the game. In fact, out of B-CC’s 12 three-point attempts, only Merete Cowles successfully shot one from behind the arc.

The 2017-18 season for B-CC will undoubtedly go down as the best in school history. B-CC hadn’t advanced to the regional final since 2004, and they hadn’t ever won the region. Both of those droughts ended this year. Clendenin became the first career 1,000-point scorer for the Barons since B-CC head coach Ryan Ingalls, when she played for the team in 2004.

The victory for Catonsville put them back in the state championship, where they will look to repeat as state champions.

 

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