CAMBRIDGE — Greg Bozman’s second stint as head coach of Crisfield High’s girls’ basketball team is looking just like his first with the program.
Tuesday night in the Class 1A East Section II semifinals, Bozman’s third-seeded Crabbers exchanged leads with No. 2 Cambridge-South Dorchester before pulling away for a 58-42 victory.
Crisfield (9-13) advances to Thursday’s sectional final at top-seeded Washington (17-5), which defeated Pocomoke in last night’s other semifinal, 62-40. Cambridge-SD finishes the season 9-13.
The win, coupled with Friday’s 66-20 victory over North Dorchester, marks the first time since 2003 — Bozman’s last season before a hiatus of more than a decade — that Crisfield has won back-to-back playoff games.
“We might be a year behind where I thought we would be, in my mind, when I saw the group of girls we have now,” Bozman said. “But we had (two girls) who... didn’t play last year. And my hope was to make the section final last year, and regional final this year.
“We’re at the section final this year,” Bozman continued, “and maybe we can make it up to this year’s goal. We’ll see Thursday at Washington.”
Battling out of a 7-2 hole with an 8-0 run, Crisfield took the lead for good, at 10-7, late in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Evy Potter (game-high 21 points), though C-SD whittled it down to a single point twice in the next two game minutes.
Crisfield led 13-11 after one quarter, and 32-24 at halftime, despite 14 points — including a pair of treys by Cambridge-SD starting center Brooke Windsor.
“Those two 3-pointers were Brooke’s first in her career,” Cambridge-SD head coach Bruce Springer said. “We practice it. We have her outside shooting, even though she plays in the paint, but tonight, she had that shot down. Brooke had a great night. And so did Izzy (Reynolds), who rotated in and out with her at center some of the time. Izzy had 13 points herself.
“But Crisfield, they really played well tonight,” Springer added. “They shot well, and they played great defense against us. I’d seen some game tape on (Crisfield), so we knew for the most part what to expect. But, really, in person, they were much faster than we had thought, and that obviously went to their advantage.
“Plus they just really, I said it before, shot so well,” Springer continued. “And we didn’t. I know we missed a lot of free throws. We had one player, I think... went 0 for 10 at the free throw line.”
Free throw shooting definitely didn’t impede Crisfield. Whereas C-SD was 3 for 19 (15.8 percent) from the charity stripe, Crisfield shot 53.6 percent there (15 for 28).
“I tell you, I couldn’t be prouder of the girls than I am right now,” Bozman said after the win. “We’ve had some really good games, some close games, especially in the second half of the season.
“We had a close game with Queen Anne’s (a 33-25 loss Feb. 7); we had a close game with (James M.) Bennett and I think we had a shot in that, right after the Queen Anne’s game,” Bozman said. “We lost a game to Decatur in overtime, on a missed free throw.”
Muddling through a slow third quarter which saw the teams combine for four points in the first four minutes, Crisfield led 44-34 after three quarters of play.
“This isn’t just big for it being our second playoff win,” Bozman said. “We also won 10 games, counting the Christmas tournament. And again, just like in (2002-) 2003, the last time we won 10 games for the first time.”
Crisfield’s Kyliah Sterling added 17 points, and Kayla Collins scored nine.
C-SD graduates three players: Alexa Harris, Abby Robinson, and Cati Linthicum.