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Town rallies behind victorious Falcons

Poolesville girls have perfect season, and win first state title ever

Erin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding an injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points on the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKErin Green of Poolesville concentrates on a shot in the paint while avoiding injured Alli Haddaway. Green finished with 25 points for the day. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  TOWSON — “I had someone email me last week after we won the region” Poolesville head coach Fred Swick said. “They said, ‘Congratulations, coach, your team just woke up the town.”

With a 63-23 victory over the Queen Anne’s Lions, the Poolesville Falcons completed an undefeated 2017-18 season, winning the Maryland Class 2A state championship.

Before this season, the Poolesville girls basketball team had never won a state championship in program history, let alone a regional title.

A final record of 27-0 this season changed that, and the Falcons will be placing a banner commemorating their undefeated season in their gym.

“It was a storybook finish to a storybook season,” Swick said.

The Poolesville Falcons celebrate with their new trophy. The 2018 2A champs dominated Queen Anne's 63-23. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKThe Poolesville Falcons celebrate with their new trophy. The 2018 2A champs dominated Queen Anne's 63-23. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Right from the opening tip-off, the outcome of the state championship game was not in doubt. “Our M.O. all year was the jump out on people early, and we did it again today,” Swick said.

Poolesville began the game on a 9-0 run, and the rest of the game served as a coronation ceremony, as the Falcons increased their lead more and more, and inched closer to hoisting the trophy.

With just under six minutes to play, Swick subbed out his starters, to the standing ovation of an overwhelmingly large Poolesville crowd. Though the result of the game was largely set at that point, it was this moment that officially began the celebration.

Poolesville held a massive size advantage of the Lions, and certainly took advantage of it. Poolesville dominated the boards, out-rebounding Queen Anne’s 44-31. The Falcons outscored Queen Anne’s 26-4 in the paint. Poolesville’s leading scorer Erin Green was the star for the Falcons on the state’s biggest stage, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, nine of which were offensive rebounds.

While at first the Falcons didn't know, and certainly didn’t expect to be the historic team they wound up being, it didn’t take long for them to realize their talent. Swick said that as the Falcons began to have a running clock in many of its early games, it was evident his team had potential to make a deep run.

“I’m thinking to myself,” Swick said, “‘Are we that good, or are the teams we are playing, down?’ We ended up being that good.”

The historic season and playoff run for the Falcons truly galvanized the Poolesville community. Restaurants in town were packed with fans who watched the team’s state semifinals and finals games live streamed on television. The Poolesville players joked that only a quarter of their large crowd at the title game were parents and students, everyone else was from the community. The Falcons will return home, and kick off the celebration with their community with a parade.

“It’s crazy to think we have a whole town behind us,” star player Erin Green said.

The Poolesville girls basketball team may be having the most fun of any team in the state. Before this year, they had never won a regional title in the program’s history. Now, with a perfect season and a state title for the first time ever, that fun needs little explanation.

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