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Undefeated Poolesville girls advance to state hoops final after beating Gwynn Park, 61-49

Poolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHPoolesville’s Kelliann Lee (#21) takes it to the hoop despite an attempt to swat the ball by Gwynn Park’s Denai Bowman (#1).                        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

TOWSON — Perfection.

The Poolesville Falcons varsity girls basketball team remained unbeaten following a 61-49 victory Friday over the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets in a Maryland 2A state semifinal game at SECU Arena.

“We’ve had a really good season,” said Poolesville head coach Fred Swick.

The Falcons, who captured their 26th consecutive win, advanced to Saturday’s state championship game where they played Queen Anne’s (17-9) who eliminated Oakland Mills, 57-47, in the other state semifinal matchup.

Queen Anne’s entered Saturday’s state championship game coming off a solid performance from Jiyah Hollis (14 points), Kelly Cavanaugh (11 points) and Allie Harris (10 points) who all contributed in the win over Oakland Mills.

“Nobody expected us to get this far because we’re such a young team,” said Queen Anne’s junior guard Shannon Donovan.

Both programs will be looking to make history by capturing their school’s first state championship in girls basketball.

Kelliann Lee scored a game-high 23 points to lead Poolesville against Gwynn Park. Julia Hobbs, Erin Green and Madeleine Thompson also made significant contributions for the Falcons. Hobbs finished with a game-high 16 rebounds.

What’s more, eight players scored points for Poolesville, including Makayla Lemarr, Sarah Mullikin, Alexis Abrigo and Alli Haddaway.

Poolesville jumped out to a 10-0 start and never looked back; the Yellow Jackets didn’t score their first basket until late in the first quarter. Poolesville led 31-24 at halftime and held a five-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter, 47-42.

“I liked the way we got off to a quick start,” said Swick, “They had to play catchup most of the game. I thought in the second half we handled their full court pressure.”

Poolesville, a tight-knit rural community in the western portion of Montgomery County, has shown tremendous support for the school’s sports teams over the years and this season the girls basketball program has reached new heights.

“Staff and students have been showing amazing support coming to the game,” said Hobbs.

This season, the undefeated Poolesville girls basketball program has been a dominant force in Montgomery County and has earned double-digit victories in all but one game.

“The town has really supported us down the stretch,” Swick added.

Meanwhile, Gwynn Park (20-5) was led by 6-foot-2 sophomore Jenae Dublin who scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. “We tried to execute a lot faster than (Poolesville) because a lot of their points came from fast breaks and backdoor cuts,” said Dublin. “They were also much taller than us, so it made it difficult for our team to get rebounds.”

“Defensively, we had a tough time with [Dublin],” said Swick. “She had a heck of a game.”

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