EASTON — The Warriors resumed their winning ways Tuesday afternoon with a 62-33 victory over North Caroline.
Emily Griffith scored 18 points and centered the middle of the Warriors’ stingy defense as Easton High’s girls’ basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season.
Myia Jeter pumped in 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds and Abi Detrich netted eight points and snared eight rebounds for the Warriors who improved to 13-1 overall, 10-1 North Bayside.
Easton suffered its first loss last Thursday, a 51-44 setback to Queen Anne’s, which also has one division loss.
After getting off to a bad start against Queen Anne’s, Easton jumped ahead quickly against the Bulldogs and never trailed. Tied 2-2, the Warriors went on an 11-0 run to take control.
Hailey Temple led North Caroline (7-6, 6-5) with 12 points, including two 3-pointers in the third quarter. Playing nearly even with Easton in the second and third quarters, North Caroline stayed in contention until a 7-0 run by the Warriors starting at the end of the third.
Temple drained a trey from the right side to pull the Bulldogs within 33-23 with a little over 2 minutes left in the third, but a four-point Easton possession early in the fourth put the Warriors up by 17.
Jeter passed to Griffith cutting up the left side of the lane for a layup while being fouled. Griffith missed the free throw but Detrich collected the rebound and scored to put Easton up 40-23 with 7 minutes, 29 seconds remaining.
“I wasn’t overly excited with our energy in the second and the third quarter,” Easton head coach Matt Griffith said. “The first and the fourth were more like it. The loss last week, (term) finals, first day of the new classes today, so there’s a lot of distractions that we’ve got to learn how to block out as we continue to get late in the season, so we can try to make a run in the playoffs.”
Easton scored 26 points in the fourth quarter, getting scoring from seven different players. The Warriors went 7 for 11 from the free-throw line in the quarter and 15 for 25 for the game. With 4:01 remaining in the fourth, North Caroline had 10 team fouls while Easton didn’t have any.
North Caroline head coach Mark Potter expressed some dismay with the officiating and received a technical foul with 6:16 left in the fourth.
“We’re an aggressive team, but they are too,” Potter said. “After my technical, during my timeout, I basically told the officials, ‘You got a problem with me, that’s fine, but quit taking it out on my girls. They don’t deserve that. They deserve a squarely-called game.’ We didn’t lose because of all the fouls. We got outplayed. But I was proud of the effort the girls played tonight. It was a different game than the first time we played them. We competed today and I feel like we got a little bit better.”
Emily Griffith capitalized on Potter’s technical foul by hitting two free throws as Easton’s lead grew to 44-25.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Emily Griffith said. “I think we could have played a little bit harder together as a team and moved better on offense. But overall, I think we wanted to come out and we wanted to play hard.”
Easton scored quickly off the opening tip. Jeter tipped it to Griffith who fed Lily Osborne (9 points, 4 steals) for a layup. North Caroline’s Camryn Pepper countered with a 10-foot baseline bucket with 6:30 left in the first, but the Bulldogs didn’t score again for another four minutes.
Griffith received a pass from Jeter, was fouled, and hit two free throws to open Easton’s 11-0 run. Abby Farr caught a pass from Jeter and drained a 3-pointer from the left side to make it 7-2 with 4:40 left in the first. Osborne canned a driving baseline jumper at 3:40. Jeter dribbled by two defenders and hit a layup at 2:35 to make it 11-2, then finished the run with a set shot from the right side for a 13-2 lead.
Easton led 15-5 at the first quarter’s end and 27-15 at the half.
“Credit North Caroline, they did a couple things to change things up on us in the second and third and we didn’t hit some shots that we should have hit,” Coach Griffith said. “But we challenge the girls to win every quarter and we won every quarter. And we challenged the girls in the fourth quarter to play with that intensity on the defensive side of the ball and I could see a significant difference in the fourth quarter versus the first three.”