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2012-13 PBA Annual End-of-Season Awards Banquet
The Annual PBA Awards Basketball Banquet was held on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Varsity Girl Hailey Khalil (right, w/former PBA Prez Jim Brown) was this year's Dale Carnahan Ultimate Falcon Warrior Trophy winner. Pictured at left were this year's Falcon and Most Improved Player Award (MIP) Winners. From left (front row)----RS Girl Falcon Alli Haddaway, JV Boy Falcon Ryan Haddaway, Varsity Girl Carnahan Award Winner Hailey Khalil, and Varsity Boy Falcon (and Four Year Player President's Award Winner) Tim McIntyre. Middle row---JV Boy MIP Johnny "Rocket" Thompson, JV Girl MIP Charlotte Mallow (top), JV Girl Falcon Kelliann Lee, RS Girl MIP Cassandra Maier, Varsity Girl Falcon (and Four Year Player President's Award Winner) Delaney Cecco, and Varsity Girl MIP Kate Heimbach. Top row---JV Boy Falcon Ryan Kasten, RS Boy MIP Noah Garner, PBA President Bill Bannon (top), Varsity Boy MIP Joe Brashear, and Varsity Boy Falcon Tucker Ross. Not pictured; RS Boy Falcon Diego Mejia.
Complete list of awards winners can be found under "Player Profiles"
Boys Mid-Maryland League "A" Division Championship Tournament Information
PBA JV Boys---Mid-Maryland
"A" Tournament Champs!
Third Straight Tournament Win over a Team That Beat Them Twice During the Regular Season Seals the Deal!
Barry Nets Game Winners to Avoid Overtime
In the JV Boys “A” tournament championship played before a packed house at Thomas Johnson High School, the PBA JV Boys outlasted Brunswick 37-35 with the Falcon’s Pete Barry hitting two free throws in the final moments to decide the margin of victory. Barry’s free throws almost didn’t get the job done as Brunswick just missed a shot with 3.5 seconds left on the clock that would have tied it. The Railroaders also picked up one more opportunity with a Poolesville missed free throw with 1.5 seconds left but couldn’t convert.
As with their previous two tournament wins before the final, Poolesville defeated a team that had beaten them twice during the regular season, a feat not lost on Falcon’s coach Ricky Haddaway. “Our boys played one heck of a tournament and everyone played outstanding defense,” said Haddaway. “Every game we had someone step up and do a great job scoring, playing good defense, or giving nice assists. It was an all around team effort and no one was selfish and that’s what it takes to win a championship.”
Leading Poolesville in scoring was Brady Pearre (10 points), who hit a couple of clutch three-pointers to keep the game close. Ryan Kasten scored nine points, Johnny Thompson hit for eight, Barry finished with 6, Ryan Haddaway nailed a bucket on a contested drive to the hoop and Brian Jacobs also scored.
The PBA JV Boys (#7 seed, 6-14) beat
Linganore (#2, 11-8) by a final score of 40-23 in MML Quarterfinal action on
In Semi-Final action, the PBA JV Boys beat St. Johns (#6, 6-14) by a final score of 43-15 on Saturday 3/9.
The PBA JV Boys Beat Brunswick (#4 seed, 11-11) 37-32 in the Championship Game on Sunday 3/10 at Thomas Johnson HS to capture the Mid-Maryland "A" Tournament Championship! The PBA JV Boys won three consecutive games, including the championship, against teams that beat them twice during the regular season.
The PBA Varsity Boys (#6 seed, 4-14) lost to Mt. Airy (#3, 7-11) in MML Quarterfinal action on Saturday 3/2 by a final score of 50-30. Their season is now over.
For Mid-Maryland and PBA
Boys JV and Varsity Tournament Brackets, go to:
Montgomery County Rising Star Championship Tournament Information
PBA Rising Star Girls Playoff Info------------
The PBA RS Girls lost to the PV Thunder 32-29 on Sunday 3/3 at Seneca Valley HS. Their season is now over.
PBA Rising Star Boys Playoff Info------------
The PBA RS Boys beat the District Hoops
White 29-16 in Opening Round action on Saturday 3/2 at 5:40 PM at Northwest HS.
------They lost to St. Andrews 43-29 on Sunday 3/3 at Wheaton HS and their season is now over.
PBA JV and Varsity Girls MML Championship Tournament Info
Mid-Maryland League Girls Season-Ending Championship Tournament "AA" Bracket
PBA JV Girls
(#7 seed, 9-7) beat West Frederick (#10, 2-14) to advance
---------The JV Girls lost to Springfield (#2, 13-2) 30-29 in the MML Girls "AA" Quarterfinals to end their season.
PBA Varsity Girls (#11 seed) lost to Oakdale (#6, 10-6) in the MML Girls "AA" semi-finals to end their season.
For Mid-Maryland and PBA
Girls JV and Varsity Tournament Brackets, go to:
Game Summaries----Week 12
PBA JV Boys Win, Advance!
Rematch with St. Johns Looms for Saturday
Winner Advances to Mid-Maryland League "A" Championship
The PBA JV Boys came out firing in the first quarter with two big buckets from the Falcon's Ryan Kasten to take a 9-3 lead. The Lancers went from chilly to freezing in the second quarter and were blanked by the Falcons as Poolesville marched to a 16-3 halftime lead. Nicholas Lang tried to fire up the lethargic Lancer offense by hitting two buckets of his own, but Poolesville's "D" would not let Linganore back into it. In the fourth quarter, the Lancers pressure could not disrupt the Poolesville attack and Poolesville cruised to a 40-23 win. Poolesville was led by Ryan Kasten with 11 points with both John Thompson and Pete Barry chipping in eight points each. Ryan Haddaway scored six for Poolesville and Brady Pearre hit for four. Robert Siegrest Jack Tyler completed the scoring for the Falcons. The Lancers were led by Nicholas Lang, son of former PHS Coach Tom Lang, with 12 points.
In the next round of the MML playoffs, the JV Boys face a St. John's squad that beat them twice during the regular season---51-49 and 44-32. Coach Rick Haddaway said "Our boys need an effort like the one we had today to get past St. John's. We can do it, but we will need to play defense like we did today. Ryan Kasten came up big for us today."
Rising Star Boys Win Over District Hoops to Advance in the Playoffs.
On Saturday, The PBA Rising Star Boys battled District Hoops to advance in the playoffs. The Falcons started strong and put up 8 unanswered points before the Hoops could score. The Falcons defense worked all game to shut down the opponent's offensive strike. With crisp passes, dribbling and sinking shots, the Falcons won the game! The final score was 29-16.
Diego Mejia had an awesome game with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Colin Hammett had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Drew Turner had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Ethan Gaddis scored 3 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 1 block. Aidan McKew had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Clark Trone had 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Noah Garner had 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Cade Seely had 2 rebounds, Nick Beaton had 1 rebound and 1 steal. Harrison Johnson, Johnny Wasilik and Danny Geehring had 1 rebound each.
On Sunday in the second round of the playoffs, the Rising Star Boys played a tough game against St. Andrews. From the start of the game, the Falcons had the lead and played tough defense. The Falcons also had racked up 7 fouls 5 minutes into the first half. At the half, the score was 16-21, Falcons down by 5. Coming back in the second half, the Falcons played a good game, but fouls trouble caught up with them with two players fouling out minutes into the half. St. Andrews built up a lead, and the Falcons just couldn't close the gap in the end. The Falcons took the loss, 42-31.
Drew Turner had a great game with 4 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Ethan Gaddis had 4 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Colin Hammett had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Clark Trone had 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Diego Mejia had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block. Garrett Karns had 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Harrison Johnson had 2 points, Aidan McKew had 1 point. Noah Garner had 3 rebounds and 1 assist, Nick Beaton had 2 rebounds, Danny Geehring had 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal. Johnny Wasilik and Cade Seely had 1 rebound each.
Rising Star Girls Bow Out Against Thunder
The PBA Rising Star Girls knew they had a tough draw after their bye week in the Montgomery County Rising Star Girls playoff tournament. The tough game became evident right from the start as the Falcons struggled early against the taller PV Thunder squad. "The Thunder Girls had a height advantage over us that we hadn't see the entire year," said Coach Paul Terragno. "We figured things out a bit in the second half and started boxing out better, but it didn't come together for us in the end. I thought our guards did a great job." Poolesville roared back from a sizable deficit and actually tied the game at 27-all late before finally losing 32-29.
"It's too bad we weren't tested like that all year long---I guess that's how the Rising Star League is," said Coach Terragno. "Next year will be a different story. Our girls will start separating themselves from each other in practice and this off-season will make the difference. We're looking forward to our first year in the Mid-Maryland League next fall. I hope the girls are ready---only two more seasons until high school."
Third Time Not The Charm as Varsity Boys Fall to Mount Airy
The PBA Varsity Boys gave it all they had but it wasn't enough as Mount Airy built an early lead and coasted to a 50-30 win to end the Falcon's PBA run after three years. "Our guys played inspired ball the second half of this season," said Coach John Weber, "but we came out flat today. These guys have been a lot of fun to work with and I wish them the best and much success in high school."
Game Summaries----Week 11
JV Girls Quest Ends With Loss the Springfield
Varsity Girls Finish Strong, Lose to Oakdale
JV Boys, Rising Star Girls Finish Regular Season with Wins
On Saturday afternoon in this playoff quarterfinal match up against Springfield, the PBA JV Girls hoped that the third time would be the charm in finally winning against one of the two top teams in the league. However, no such luck fell upon the Falcons as they lost an excruciatingly close game by a score of 30-29. Poolesville started the game well and held the lead at the end of the first quarter 8-5. Haley Harkins ignited the offense early in the contest with four points from long range, while the Falcon defense was stout in limiting Springfield to just two field goals. The second quarter of this game was unkind to the Falcons with Springfield outscoring the Falcons by ten points to take a 18-11 lead at the half. "We really let much of the momentum we had going in the first quarter go right down the drain in the second quarter" said Coach Thompson. "Our offense became stagnant and we allowed their best player to score seven points just in the second quarter alone".
Poolesville came out of the locker room for the second half knowing the adjustments that were made by their coaches were going to have to be effectively executed or their season would come to a close. The Falcons began to find some offensive success by spreading out and finding some holes in the Springfield defense. A gorgeous give and go with Madeleine Thompson to Kelliann Lee found the bottom of the basket and Erin Green seemed to find extra determination in her game and scored nine second half points and had five blocks (eight for the game) in the second half to thwart any Springfield shot that came her way. As the clock was winding down in the fourth quarter and trailing by five points (24-19), Poolesville showed that they were not going to go down without a fight. In fact, after a three pointer by Madeleine Thompson got the Falcons within a basket at 24-22 and Erin Green drove hard to the basket in the paint to tie the game at 24, Springfield was on their heels. A
Springfield reply with a basket was countered with another sterling basket down low by Erin Green to tie the game at 26. After Poolesville gained possession and less than 45 seconds to go in regulation,
Madeleine Thompson was able to successfully bank in a jumper to pull the Falcons ahead 28-26......finally it looked like the bad fortune in previous close contest losses was going to end.
However, long range shots by one of Springfield's secondary scorers, one to draw even and then one to take the lead in the waning seconds, severely damaged the Falcons' hopes. An Erin Green free throw got the Falcons to within one at 30-29. Poolesville had a chance with eight seconds to go in the game, however they could not completely control a rebound, thus a Poolesville time-out was not awarded and the referee ruled that Springfield would have possession due to the arrow in Springfield's favor. Springfield then was able to keep possession and run out the last few seconds on the clock. Scoring honors went to Erin Green for 13 points, followed by Madeleine Thompson with five, Kelliann Lee and Haley Harkins with four, while Tori Gruber had two points and Sarah Mullikin added one point.
"Before the game, we talked about limiting the fouls since Springfield is an excellent free throw shooting team and we also wanted to cut down on our turnovers...both of these goals were met with flying colors." said Coach Thompson. "I thought Bridgette Hammett was excellent in stepping up and guarding Springfield's best player and Erin Green showed me another side of her by really escalating her determination level and will to win by a relentless attack on the basket late in the game." Coach Thompson also noted, "Even though we were on the short end of the score for more than our share of nail biter games this season, the team either won big or was in every single game to the end. Getting to ten wins was a nice improvement for the team and hopefully next season we can go deeper in the playoffs."
On Thursday evening, the PBA JV Girls opened the Mid Maryland League playoffs with a convincing 42-24 defeat of West Frederick. Spectators viewing the game might have thought there was a lid on the Poolesville basket since several shots from within five feet of the hoop refused to drop through the net. Despite the inaccurate shooting, the Falcons kept plugging away and were able to hold on to a 13-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was the decisive segment of the game for Poolesville since the Falcons outscored West Frederick 14-2 to close the first half with a 27-11 lead. Erin Green and Sarah Mullikin had six points each to lead first half scoring, Kelliann Lee had four points, Megan Roldan had three free throws (3 for 4 shooting at the line), while Madeleine Thompson, Kalie Terragno and Bridgette Hammett had one basket each. "The girls really had a hard time finishing down low with their shots in the first half" noted Coach Thompson. "To the team's credit, they didn't seem to let the poor shooting percentage dramatically affect their overall effort. Erin Green was big for us with six first half blocks, Kelliann Lee had four assists and Megan Roldan did a nice job of taking it up strong to the basket to draw fouls".
The third quarter was interesting in that Poolesville only scored one basket in the entire third quarter. The good news for the Falcons is that West Frederick was only able to cut the deficit by five points and still trailed 29-18.The lone Poolesville basket was scored by Tori Gruber. "We were able to utilize our bench quite a bit in this quarter" said Coach Thompson. "Charlotte Mallow, Brooke Hamm and Kalie Terragno all played solid defense for us and Kalie made some nice steals as well." Madeleine Thompson made a nice heads up play by seemingly toying with a West Frederick player on a pending back court call and then at the last second scooping up the ball and heading to the basket where she scored and got fouled on the shot. With the Falcons refocused in the fourth quarter, any possible hopes for a West Frederick comeback were quickly doused by a strong Poolesville fast break. The Falcons kept attacking and having success in converting the hard work into points. Erin Green finished with 10 points to lead in scoring, followed by Kelliann Lee with eight, Tori Gruber and Sarah Mullikin with six points, Madeleine Thompson with five, Megan Roldan with three, while Kalie Terragno and Bridgette Hammett finished with two points. Coach Thompson noted after the game, "We played ok tonight, though too many turnovers...we did what we had to do to move on in the tournament- which is the most important thing right now.. We will have to play better than we did tonight against a tough Springfield team on Saturday, but I look forward to the rematch of our game from just last week".
One and Done for Girls Varsity
The PBA Varsity Girls took on Oakdale in the first round of the Mid Maryland Girls "AA" tournament. In the last meeting Oakdale squeaked out a win by one point in the final seconds of the game. Unfortunately, it wasn't so close this time around. Poolesville came out aggressive and dominated the boards in the first quarter but had a hard time capitalizing ending the quarter down 8-3. Poolesville continued the aggressive play on both ends of the court but their offensive struggles continued. The second quarter was one by Oakdale 5-3 and Poolesville headed to the locker room down 13-6.
"I was really proud of the way we hustled, played defense and took the ball aggressively to the basket in the first half. Our struggles came on the offensive end of the court. We actually had an advantage in fouls the first half. We out rebounded them on both ends of the court and were able to pick up some fouls on them by hitting the offensive boards hard. Unfortunately, we couldn't capitalize," said Coach Trainor. The Falcons were 2-12 from the foul line for the half.
The offensive woes for the Falcons continued into the 3rd period were they tallied just 1 point with the advantage going to Oakdale for the quarter, 9-1. "There was a moment in the third when I could have sworn there was a piece of glass covering the rim. We had so many shots bounce around the rim and pop out. I know it was tough for our girls because they were playing tough basketball on both ends. They had a couple of girls get hot in the third and we just couldn't answer," commented Coach Trainor.
The drought finally lifted in the 4th and the Falcons were able to put up 8 points for the quarter. Poolesville started to go on a nice 4-0 to run to start the 4th quarter but strong inside play for Oakdale was enough to hold off the comeback.
"15 points is tough to overcome in one quarter at this level but I really thought our girls gave it a great effort. I told the girls after the game that I was proud of how hard they play each and every game. That's what I'll always remember about this team. They never give up. I have been coaching some of these girls since kindergarten and watching them grow as players and young ladies has been a joy," said Coach Trainor.
Hailey Khalil paced the Falcons with 6. Siann Riggs had 5 points on some aggressive drives to the basket. Madi Peyton had 3 and Delaney Cecco added 1.
JV Boys Hold Off Mount Airy
The PBA JV Boys opened up a commanding lead over Mt. Airy's JV Boys, and the visiting Mt. Airy squad spent the rest of the game playing catch-up. In the end, the comeback fell short and the homestanding Falcons finished up with a 46-38 win. Ryan Haddaway again paced Poolesville with 12 points. Pete Barry hit for eight points and Brady Pearre chipped in six.
Mt. Airy's Varsity Boys broke open a tight game against the PBA Varsity Boys and cruised to a 60-40 win over the home team. The Falcon's Michael McDonald again led the Falcons in scoring with 12 points. Jake Drissel hit for ten points and Gage Wolitzky scored seven points.
Rising Star Boys Lose to Fast and Furious
From the moment the game started on Sunday, the PBA Rising Star Boys hit the ground running. The Falcons started on top, with the score 8-0 before the Fast and Furious scored their first basket. The first half of the game was exciting and such a well played game, the half ended with the score 16-15, Falcons down by 1.
The second half of the game was still very exciting and intense, but the Falcons started to lose the lead and didn't recover it. The Falcons played a great game over all, but it wasn't enough to catch the Fast and Furious, the final score was 47-32.
Diego Mejia led the Falcons in scoring with 9 points, 15 rebounds, 6 steals, 1 assist and 1 block. Ethan Gaddis scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Colin Hammett scored 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Clark Trone scored 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Aidan McKew scored 2 points. Drew Turner had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Johnny Wasilik and Danny Geehring had 1 steal each.
Rising Star Girls Win Big, Get Set for Playoffs
The PBA Rising Star Girls picked up another big win, this time a 38-23 victory over LOUYAA behind nine points from Sarah Mullikin and eight points from Ali Haddaway. Also in the win, Alexis Abrigo hit for six points and Rachel Bupp and Kalie Terragno hit for four points each. Maureen Heuting, Megan Roldan, Cassandra Maier and Ali Ransom each scored as well in the win. The PBA RS Girls finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs with a high seed and a difficult road to the championship.
Game Summaries----Week 10
PBA JV Boy Ryan Kasten gets in "Beast Mode" for a rebound over Catoctin. JV Girl Madeleine Thompson shoots over Springfield. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA Varsity Girl Cubby Schmidt splits two Springfield defenders. Varsity Boy Jake Drissel does same over Catoctin. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
Varsity Boys Sink Vikings!
JV Boys Beat Catoctin, JV Girls Run Past Walkersville
Rising Star Girls Send Saints Sadly Marching Home---Twice!
The PBA Varsity Boys started off fast against St. Johns on Sunday by opening up an early eight point lead. The Vikings took it the other way the rest of the half and led by five at the midway point. The Falcons still trailed by six at the end of three, but Poolesville's "bigs" would have their way after that. With Gage Wolitzky (13 points for the game) hitting clutch free throws and Michael McDonald (10 points) hitting the boards, Poolesville took advantage of St. John's foul trouble to come back for a 39-33 win over the Johnies.
In the Varsity Boys game on Monday, Catoctin broke open a close game with a 19 point third quarter outburst to beat Poolesville by a final score of 57-44. Jake Drissel scored 14 points, Michael McDonald hit for 11 (including a buzzer-beating three to end the first quarter) and Gage Wolitzky scored nine points in the loss.
JV Boys Ride Haddaway to Win
The PBA JV Boys rode the hot shooting of Ryan Haddaway (20 points) to beat Catoctin 46-33. The Cougars staged several comebacks---at one point closing a 16 point lead down to seven----before Haddaway finished them off. Also scoring for Poolesville was Pete Barry with eight points and Brady Pearre with seven.
On Sunday, the St. John's JV came away victorious in a physical game against Poolesville's JV Boys by a final score of 44-32. After an evenly played first quarter that saw St. John's leading 6-5, the Viking applied full court pressure to start the second quarter to extend their lead and take a 23-15 lead into the locker room at half time. The second half Poolesville was able to claw back within nine late after St. John's had built an 18-point cushion. It was a very physical game that saw Poolesville commit 14 second-half fouls, however, St. John's converted less than 50% of their free throws allowing the tough and gritty Poolesville squad back into the game. Poolesville was led in the scoring column by Ryan Haddaway with 15 points. Brady Pearre hit for five points and Pete Barry finished with three points.
Not So Sweet St. Valentine's Day for PBA Varsity Girls.
The PBA Varsity Girls traveled to Walkersville on Thursday for a St. Valentine's Day game that turned sour for the Falcons. The Falcons struggled to get in the game offensively and fell behind early 11-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter picked up a bit for the Falcons the Falcons game high scorer Delaney Cecco scoring 6 of her 10 in the quarter. The Falcons were behind at the half 22-13. It was a good defensive half for the Falcons as they kept an aggressive Walkersville team at bay but one plagued with turnovers and sloppy play on offense. The offensive struggles intensified for the Falcons in the second half as they combined for a total of 6 points in the last two quarters. Walkersville cruised to a 43-19 victory.
"Tonight wasn't our best effort," commented Coach Trainor. "Our shots weren't falling and we started to get frustrated and making silly mistakes on the defensive end that put them on the charity stripe. We also turned the ball over much more than usual tonight. It was a tough game from start to finish. I don't really ever question our effort because for the most part we play hard every time out. Tonight it was just about decision making and playing through adversity," said Coach Trainor.
Delaney Cecco Led Poolesville with 10. Hailey Khalil added 5, while Siann Riggs and Madi Peyton had 2 each. Samme Mullikin, Bella Lawbaugh, Danielle Torres and Kate Heimbach did good work on the boards. Izzy Markoff, Beckah Trainor and Hannah Bush gave solid minutes and good defense that led to several turnovers.
It was another tough shooting day for the PBA Varsity Girls as they took on Springfield at home on Sunday. After jumping out to a 5-4 first quarter lead the scoring dried up in the second as Springfield held the Falcons to 1 while scoring 10 in the second, with six of those 10 coming from the foul line. The Falcons finished the first half with more team fouls (15) than points (6). Springfield took a 14-6 into lead to the locker room. "I was surprised the game was as close as it was after that first half. We certainly struggled from the floor and we did commit some legit fouls in that second period but our 15 to their 4 seemed pretty lopsided. I was just glad they weren't that great from the foul line or this game could have gotten a lot uglier a lot quicker," commented Coach Trainor.
The third quarter was reminiscent of the first with Springfield barely edging out Poolesville 6-5. Springfield edged out the Falcons in the 4th 8-4. "We had a chance there in the 4th to make a good run at it and we got more aggressive offensively and went to the line but went 3-11. It wouldn't have made up for that second quarter but it could have been much closer," said Coach Trainor. "Our effort was there this afternoon. We just couldn't score. Frankly, I'm surprised the game ever ended with all the whistles. That might have been the sloppiest game of the year." Springfield ended with the win, 28-15 over the Falcons. Madi Peyton led the Falcons with 5 points. Siann Riggs chipped in 3. Hailey Khalil, Samme Mullikin and Danielle Torres each had 2 while Hannah Bush added 1.
JV Girls Win Three out of Four Quarters (But Not The Most Important Quarter!)
The PBA JV Girls had their calendars circled many days ago for Thursday night's revenge match against the Lady Lions in Walkersville. The Falcons led after the first, second and third quarters, however at the final buzzer Walkersville was the team on top at the time that counted the most, winning 32-29. Poolesville's five game winning streak was halted tonight; however the Falcons displayed continued growth and gave #1 Walkersville everything they could handle. Poolesville's fast break was working from the start of the contest with Erin Green's numerous blocks (game high 12) initiating the break and Haley Harkins (scoring all six of her points in the first half) and Kelliann Lee (three free throws) cashing in on the opportunities for several points. The Falcon defense was solid in the first half, limiting Walkersville to just three points at the end of the first quarter and 12 in the second stanza. Poolesville led 18-15 at the end of the first half. "We made some defensive adjustments for the game today after studying the tape of the initial meeting several weeks ago" noted Coach Thompson. "The girls did a nice job of executing the game plan and put us in nice position to get the win."
In the third quarter, Walkersville cut the Falcon lead, but only by one point. Erin Green continued her strong game with seven third quarter points. The Falcons stretched their lead to 21-15 at one point in the third quarter, but the Lions roared back to take the lead by one. After some lead changes and ties, the Falcons held the lead with two minutes to go in regulation. However some errant passes and missed scoring opportunities hurt Poolesville's chance to put the game out of Walkersville's reach. Walkersville was able to finally take control with some timely baskets and free throws and hold on to the lead (with help from a questionable flagrant foul in the waning seconds of the contest). Erin Green had scoring honors with 12 points, followed by Haley Harkins with six, Kelliann Lee with five, and Kalie Terragno, Tori Gruber and Sarah Mullikin with a basket each.
"Tonight our team continued to climb the latter of improvement by coming into a tough place to play and almost pulling off the win against a very strong opponent" said Coach Thompson." I thought a key part of the game was when we were up by six in the third quarter and had a chance to really extend the lead, but we relaxed just a bit on our defensive intensity and it got Walkersville right back in the game. We need to work on passing as well as holding on to the ball when we get two hands for a defensive rebound." Coach Thompson also stated, "I believe we are playing as well as anyone in the league right now. This conference we are in is so tight right now; there are several strong teams with a chance to win it. The playoff tournament is going to be unreal with excitement."
In the last regular season game of the season on Sunday, the PBA JV Girls shot blanks in coming out on the short end of a 31-22 score against Springfield. The game started well for the Falcons with Poolesville holding an 8-5 lead. Erin Green banked three baskets for six points, while Haley Harkins added a basket. Midway through the second quarter, the Falcons stretched the lead to 10-5, however that was the last time they would experience being on top for the rest of the game. Springfield then went on a 10-0 run to close out the half with a five point lead. Kelliann Lee gathered four rebounds in the first half, while Erin Green had three boards. "We played pretty well at the start of the game, but I thought our defense was as poor as I've seen us play in quite a while after we led by five" said Coach Thompson.
In the second half, Springfield began to pull away a bit more with some effective interior passing as well as continuing their success at the free throw line. To show the stark contrast between the two teams shooting, Springfield shot 65% in free throws for the game (11 for 17), while Poolesville was shut out at 0% (0 for 9). Kelliann Lee seemed to pick up her play a bit in the second half with four points, Erin Green had six points and continued her strong play on the boards with six second half rebounds, while Haley Harkins had two points. Despite having no success from the free throw line and minimal success from the field, the Falcons showed some grit and twice cut the Springfield advantage to just four (the most recent being 24-20) by using their full court press. However, Poolesville was not able to get over the hump and take the lead.
Erin Green had scoring honors with 14 points. "Today was a frustrating game in that we really didn't do well in most phases of the game. We didn't consistently block out on rebounding, we didn't go up strong with the ball to the basket, we were miserable from the free throw line, and we missed many close -in shots at a time when we could have pulled out the game" noted Coach Thompson. "I will say however, we have played very well in our previous six contests and the overwhelming trends have been upward in improvement. We look forward to the playoffs and we will work on a few things that I'm sure will help us get back on track" said Coach Thompson.
Foul Trouble Slows Down the RS Boys.
The PBA Rising Star Boys started out with an up-tempo pace against St. Andrews on Saturday. With a stout and aggressive defense in the first half, Poolesville kept the game close but started amassing fouls early and trailed at the half, 12-8. Coming back from halftime, the Falcons battled and fought hard, but eventually the foul trouble caught up to them, resulting in three players fouling out. The RS Boys ended up losing 21-20.
For the game, Clark Trone had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals. Diego Mejia had 4 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Noah Garner had 4 points and 3 rebounds. Colin Hammett had 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Aidan McKew had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Ethan Gaddis had 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 5 steals. Garrett Karns had 6 rebounds and 1 steal, Harrison Johnson had 1 assist, and Nick Beaton had 1 block.
The Rising Star Boys had a rematch against the Thunder on Sunday and came out for revenge. The Falcons played a great game from start to finish. Offensively and defensively, the Falcons were in the zone! The score at the end of the first half ended with the Falcons down, 13-11. The Falcons took the lead in the second half and the game was so close throughout. In the end, foul trouble, and not nailing shots took the Falcons down. This was a hard fought game and was a nail biter for sure! The final score was 26-22.
Clark Trone had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Diego Mejia had 3 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Aidan McKew had 4 points and 2 rebounds. Ethan Gaddis had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block. Colin Hammett had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Garrett Karns had 2 points and 2 rebounds, Noah Garner had 1 point, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Johnny Wasilik had 3 rebounds and Cade Seely had 1 rebound.
Rising Star Girls Make Short Work of Saints
The PBA Rising Star Girls picked up two big wins over the last two weekends over the same team---the Saints. In the first game, Alexis Abrigo (10 points), Megan Roldan (eight points), Kalie Terragno and Roshawna Marshall (five points each) paced the RS Girls to a 36-8 pasting of the Saints. In the win, Rachel Bupp hit for four points, Alli Haddaway and Cassandra Maier hit for two points each, Gwen Boe had five rebounds, and Maureen Hueting also grabbed a board.
In the second win, the Rising Star Girls allowed the Saints to score their first field goal with just two minutes left in the game as the Falcons romped to a 39-8 win. Roldan hit for 11 points, Abrigo finished with eight, and Terragno and Haddaway finished with six points each. Sarah Mullikin scored four points, Marshall and Maier had a bucket each, and Boe and Hueting each gathered at least one board and one steal each.
Game Summaries----Week 9
Varsity Boys Hit Boards, Derail Brunswick!
JV Girls Settle Down, Beat West Frederick
The PBA Varsity Boys out-muscled, out-hustled, then shut down Brunswick when it counted in their 45-40 win over the Railroaders. The senior Falcons ran up a seven point halftime lead and, despite poor free throw shooting down the stretch, held on for the win behind 15 points from Michael McDonald, 12 from Tim McIntyre, and eight points from Jake Drissel. Gage Wolitzky scored six points, Tucker Ross had three, and Cole McKenney also scored. McDonald, Drissel, and Wolitzky combined for 18 points. Ross provided three of the team nine assists.
"Tim McIntyre stepped up big for us today," said Coach John Weber. "We needed his scoring, but more importantly he was a shutdown defender for us in the fourth quarter. We ran the box-in-one against their main scorer and he did a great job on him."
The shot-handed Varsity Boys played Crestwood on Thursday night, fell behind early, and never recovered in a 58-32 loss. McIntyre played well again and finished with 11 points. McKenney hit for eight points, McDonald had seven, and Michael Morgan, Colin Fisher, and David Esser also scored in the loss.
"We turned the ball over, didn't shoot well from the field or the charity strip and didn't box out tonight, and you just can't do that against a team like Crestwood.," said Coach Weber. "We were missing five players tonight due to sickness or injury, that's the time I expect players to step up their game and that didn't happen. We looked a little intimidated."
PBA JV Boys Look to Better Times
On Thursday night, the Crestwood JV Boys jumped out to a quick early lead and held on to defeat the PBA JV Boys 47-38. Poolesville was led by the outstanding play of Ryan Haddaway, who scored 16 points
Against Brunswick on Sunday, the JV Boys started the first quarter in dominant fashion. Pete Barry had five points in the quarter to help Poolesville hold a 12-3 lead. The second quarter started and the Brunswick full court pressure took over. The Roaders forced numerous turnovers and flip-flopped the score to hold a 27-14 entering the half. The third quarter was more of the same from the Railroader defense as they continued to switch defenses and cause turnovers. Poolesville's John Thompson had a nice 4th quarter for Poolesville but it was to much for them to overcome and the Railroaders went on to the victory by a final score of 50-31. Thompson led Poolesville with eight points and Barry finished with seven.
PBA JV Girls Streak Hits Five
On Saturday evening, the PBA JV Girls ran their current winning streak to five in a row with a 40-12 dismantling over West Frederick. Unlike most of the other games in the current winning streak, the Falcons were a bit sluggish at the start of this contest and led by only 9-5 at the end of the first quarter. However, Poolesville seemed to get their engines firing in the second quarter, outscoring West Frederick 12-1 to open up a 21-5 halftime margin. Erin Green led the charge with 13 first half points and six blocked shots, Madeleine Thompson had four points, while Tori Gruber and Sarah Mullikin had a basket each. Kelliann Lee had four blocks at the break. "Despite West Frederick having a tough season so far, they have some size and they really came out hard at us today from the start" noted Coach Thompson. "Once we got settled down after the first few minutes, we seemed to run the break with more efficiency and we had success with some outside shots falling our way"
The Falcons absolutely owned the third quarter, outscoring their opponent by 12-0. Offensively in the third quarter, Bridgette Hammett and Kelliann Lee found the bottom of the net for four points, while defensively, Tori Gruber and Sarah Mullikin pulled down three rebounds each. In the last stanza, Poolesville had scored fewer points than any other quarter, however they kept their same margin of a lead all the way to the end of the game. The offensive highlight of the last quarter of the game was a three pointer by Madeleine Thompson that hit nothing but net and defensively Erin Green ruled the boards with four more rebounds (for a game high eight), while Haley Harkins and Brooke Hamm played tough perimeter defense and much needed opposition in the paint was provided from Charlotte Mallow and Cubby Schmidt.
Scoring honors went to Erin Green with 15, followed by Madeleine Thompson with nine, and Tori Gruber with six. "Even though us coaches were not pleased with the offensive execution in the first few minutes of the game, the girls came around and played a solid game the rest of the way" said Coach Thompson. "Erin was an offensive force for us in the first half despite oftentimes receiving double teaming and quite a bit of bumping from West Frederick. It was also nice to see Madeleine Thompson back after missing our last two games and providing several points from the back court." Coach Thompson also noted, "From this point forward, we will be playing very tough teams for the rest of the regular season and through the playoffs. The team has improved quite a bit in the past few weeks and I think they are ready and eager for the challenge of playing against the teams at the top of the standings in the upcoming week."
Varsity Girls Come Up Short Against West Frederick
West Frederick came out on fire against the Falcons on Saturday, outscoring the PBA Varsity Girls 15-8 in the first quarter behind the solid low post play of Monet Wade, who scored 6 of her 10 in the first quarter. The Falcons were not going to lay down though and held West Frederick to 2 points in the second quarter and chipped away at the lead by adding 5 of their own. At the half West Frederick led 17-14. Poolesville put together another strong quarter in the third sparked by a tough half-court defense that led to several steals and a 7-4 advantage in the 3rd and a ballgame knotted at 21.
West Frederick went on a tear to start the 4th led by Krysten Linthicum's 6 points and the Falcons couldn't scrap their way back. The final: 34-27, West Frederick.
"We just couldn't overcome their scoring onslaught in the 4th quarter. We did a good job all game of keeping their guards from penetrating and their bigs off the boards, we just ran out of steam in the 4th," commented Coach Trainor. "Say what you want about this team but never call into question their heart. They go out and fight against bigger teams week in and week out. There is no quit in them. I think we did a great job on the defensive end tonight besides getting into foul trouble in the first quarter. Our issue all year has been scoring, particularly late in games. We don't have a prototypical scorer that we can rely on for 8-10 a night. All of our baskets are hard earned. Frankly, that will serve these girls well as they move into high school."
Hailey Khalil led the Falcons in scoring with seven points. Delaney Cecco and Madi Peyton added four and three points respectively. Izzy Markoff, Siann Riggs, Beckah Trainor, Samme Mullikin and Danielle Torres each also scored in the loss.
Game Summaries----Week 8
PBA JV Boy Ryan Haddaway hits against Urbana. Varsity Girl Hailey Khalil scores against Oakdale. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
JV Girl Haley Harkins drives around the corner against Windsor Knolls. Varsity Boy Gage Wolitzky scores against Urbana. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA JV Girls Look Super Against Windsor Knolls, Oakdale!
Varsity Boys Take Down Linganore, RS Girls Back on Winning Track
On early Super Sunday afternoon, the PBA JV Girls' performance on the court was equally super in dismantling Oakdale 40-13. The Falcons won the opening tip, promptly scored on its initial possession and never looked back in winning its fourth straight contest. Offensively in the first half, Poolesville was successful from both inside and outside with Megan Roldan, Erin Green, and Tori Gruber netting points in the paint, while Kalie Terragno and Charlotte Mallow hit shots from well outside. The first half ended with Poolesville holding a healthy 27-8 lead. The leading scorer for the Falcons at this juncture was Megan Roldan with six points, followed by Erin Green, Sarah Mullikin and Kalie Terragno with four and Tori Gruber with three. Kelliann Lee, Charlotte Mallow and Kelliann Lee chipped in with a basket each. The Falcons ruled the boards with Roldan gathering in four, while Green and Kelliann Lee each had three at the half.
"Our girls came out strong today at the beginning of the game and just kept pouring it on." said Coach Thompson. "We pressed them full court a few times and were very successful with forcing two five second calls on the inbounds pass and had some steals the few times they were able to get the ball in play. Megan Roldan had a great first half for us by attacking the basket and hauling down rebounds." The second half was all Poolesville again with the defense highlighting the third quarter (only three points against). The defense was led by several players including Brooke Hamm and Cubby Schmidt, who hauled in rebounds after using textbook form in gaining inside position in the paint.
The Falcons stretched their lead from 19 at the half to 25 at the end of three quarters. The last quarter of the game did not feature many points by either squad, but the lack of baskets did not matter to Poolesville, which utilized its large cushion of points to cruise to victory. Top game scoring honors were shared by Megan Roldan and Erin Green with eight each, while Bridgette Hammett and Tori Gruber had five apiece. Three players had four points; Sarah Mullikin, Kelliann Lee and Kalie Terragno. Megan Roldan pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Falcons for the game.
"Great to see so many different players contribute to the win today" noted Coach Thompson. "Players that stood out today in having their best games of the season were 6th graders Megan Roldan and Kalie Terragno. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going the rest of the way and carry it through the rest of the season and into the playoffs."
On Saturday afternoon, the weather was cold and the snow was falling but inside the gym the PBA JV Girls team's shooting was on fire in a convincing 43-27 drubbing of Windsor Knolls. After winning against Windsor Knolls just two games ago in a buzzer beater, the Falcons were expecting to get their opponent's best shot in this rematch. Instead, Poolesville scored early and often and this game's outcome was never really in doubt. Displaying a potent fast break as well as mixing in some efficient shooting by Erin Green in the paint, the Falcons led by 11 at the end of the first quarter as well as 11 at the end of the first half (24-13). Leading scorers at the end of the mid point of the game were Erin Green with 12 points (including 4 for 7 free throws) and Kelliann Lee with seven points (including 3 for 6 at the line). Green also had five blocks in the first half and Lee had three blocks of her own.
The Poolesville defense harassed Windsor Knolls into several turnovers and then converted these opportunities into points. A highlight from the first half was when Lee made a gorgeous pass that threaded the needle from just inside half court to an open Megan Roldan down low on the weak side of the basket. The second half continued on in the Falcons' favor with stellar offensive guard play from Sarah Mullikin, as well as scoring in the paint from Megan Roldan and Green. Windsor Knolls tried to pressure the Falcons first at half court, then full court; however both variations were unsuccessful since Poolesville was often able to locate the open player down low for the easy basket. "The girls should be really proud of themselves today" noted Coach Thompson. "They had all phases of the game going today; most notably on offense where we scored 43 points on a team that had not given up more than 28 in any other game this season. We were able to utilize everyone on the bench and all members of the team contributed in the victory."
Coach Thompson also commented "Erin Green had a monster game for us today. I was particularly proud of how hard she has worked on her free throws and it really paid off for her today. Kelliann Lee continued her strong play of late and today we asked her to do it from the back court."
Scoring honors for the game went to Green (20 points, a new career high), followed by Lee with eight, Sarah Mullikin with seven, Megan Roldan with six and Haley Harkins with two. Rebounding honors went to Green with nine, Tori Gruber with six, while Roldan and Cubby Schmidt had three each.
Varsity Boys Dominate Boards in Win
The PBA Varsity Boys started fast against Linganore on Sunday by opening up an early nine-point lead. The Falcons held serve the rest of the way in a 40-34 win over the visiting Lancers. Jake Drissel (13 points) and Gage Wolitzky (10 points, including going 6-8 from the free throw line) paced Poolesville, who also picked up scoring from Joe Brashear and Michael McDonald (four points each). Camden Wolin hit for three points, and Tim McIntyre, Tucker Ross and Colin Fisher also scored (including Fisher hitting first half buzzer beater to extend the Poolesville lead). "Jake went 6 for 8 (good, again) from the free throw line while the team went 9 for 20 (not so good, again)," said Coach John Weber after the game. "We controlled the boards tonight led by Gage and Michael McDonald and that was the difference in the game."
The Varsity Boys started off slow against Urbana on Saturday, got it together to pull within two at the half, and then collapsed in the second half to fall to Urbana by a final score of 52-28. "We didn't do too many things right in the 2nd half," said Coach Weber. "Too many turnovers and sloppy defense killed us". Jake Drissel hit for 10 points in the loss, Gage Wolitzky scored eight, Michael McDonald had six, Camden Wolin hit for three, and Joe Brashear, Cole McKenney, and Tucker Ross each scored. "We were out played tonight and final score reflected this," said Weber.
JV Boys---Close, But No (Victory) Cigar
Urbana's JV Boys defeated the PBA JV Boys on Saturday, 44-40, in a tight game that was sealed by two late Urbana free throws. Poolesville was led by Ryan Haddaway with 13 points, John Thompson with 10 and Ryan Kasten with six. Poolesville's coach Rick Haddaway had a good game plan against his former coach at Montgomery College, Urbana coach Tom Sheahin, but in the end it was Urbana nailing big free throws being the difference.
On Sunday, Linganore's JV Boys went on an 18-4 run in the third quarter to open up a close game and defeat Poolesville's JV's by a final score of 59-41. Nicholas Lang, son of former Poolesville High coach Tom Lang, led the Lancers with 12 points. Ryan Haddaway had a workman-like effort for Poolesville---he scored 12 points. Johnny Thompson hit for 10 for the Falcons. Pete Barry chipped in six points in the loss.
Tough Luck Losses for Varsity Girls
It was a tail of two halves for the PBA Varsity Girls when they traveled to Windsor Knolls on Saturday. The Falcons started off hot matching Windsor Knolls scoring through the first period. Windsor knolls had a slight lead, 10-8 after 1. Poolesville continued to hit from the floor during the second including two big 3's from Hailey Khalil and Madi Peyton and outscored WK by 1, 10-9. Windsor Knolls held a 1 point lead heading into the locker room, 19-18.
"We played a great first half", commented Coach Trainor. "We played tough on both ends of the court. In the second half we kept up the defensive intensity but our shots just didn't want to fall."
Windsor Knolls came out of the locker charged up and outscoring the Falcons 7-3. "It wasn't as if our defense let up that third period. We actually held them to the lowest point total for a quarter. We just struggled getting our shots to fall", said Coach Trainor. Poolesville's shooting picked up in the fourth but the Falcon's couldn't claw their way back. The final was 34-26 in favor of Windsor Knolls.
Hailey Khalil led the Falcon's in scoring with 8. Madi Peyton and Delaney Cecco each had 5. Siann Riggs added 4 and Samme Mullikin and Bella Lawbaugh had 2 apiece.
The PBA Varsity Girls came to play on Sunday opening up a 9-7 first quarter lead against Oakdale. The outstanding play of the Falcon's continued in the second as the Falcon's outscored Oakdale 13-6 on their way to a 22-13 first half lead.
"Top to bottom that was our best half of basketball yet. We asked our girls to be aggressive on the boards and play tough hard nose defense and they really responded," commented Coach Trainor. "We shot well, we pushed the ball in transition and we dominated the boards against a bigger opponent."
Oakdale wasn't going away easy. They came out in the 3rd fired up and much more aggressive but Poolesville was ready and held them at bay losing the quarter by a very slight margin, 7-6. In the fourth Oakdale was on fire, with Isabelle Ouimette leading the way with 5 fourth quarter points including a big 3. Poolesville had some open looks that didn't fall and pressure defense by Oakdale led to some Poolesville turnovers in the fourth. With Poolesville up by one with less than a minute to play Poolesville had a chance to ice the game on a fast break lay-up and uncontested follow up, neither of which wanted to fall for the Falcon's. Oakdale tipped out a rebound a following possession that led to a fast break lay-up putting Oakdale up by one with 4.7 seconds left to play. The Lady Falcons had a good play drawn up that led to a last second shot that was deflected by Oakdale at the buzzer. The final: Oakdale 31, Poolesville 30.
"We knew they were going to come out intense in the second half. We just wanted to match that intensity and play four full quarters of basketball. I am disappointed with the final score but not with how our girls played and responded to adversity. This was by far the best game of basketball we put together all year. We had a couple chances at the end of the game and they didn't go our way. I'm proud our girls took the shots," said Coach Trainor.
Hailey Khalil led Poolesville with 8. Siann Riggs had 6. Madi Peyton and Delaney Cecco had 5 apiece. Samme Mullikin chipped in 4 and Hannah Bush had 2. Samme Mullikin, Delaney Cecco, Kate Heimbach, Danielle Torres and Bella Lawbaugh dominated the boards for Poolesville.
Rising Star Girls Recover, Blow out Flames
After a physical and emotional defeat last week against VCCI, the PBA Rising Star Girls were hungry for a win. The poor Flames were, unfortunately, the first team in the young Falcon's sights and the results weren't pretty. In a game where it appeared the officials had the Super Bowl on their mind, Poolesville ran up a 26-5 halftime lead and went on to snuff the Flames by a final score of 49-12. Sarah Mullikin (14 points), Kalie Terragno (10 points) and Alexis Abrigo (10 points) did most of the damage for Poolesville, with Terragno and Abrigo combining for 15 rebounds. Cassandra Maier and Megan Roldan hit for six points each. Rhoshawna Marshall and Alli Haddaway also scored for Poolesville. Rachel Bupp, Gwen Bowe, and Alison Ransom also grabbed at least one rebound each in the win.
Rising Star Boys Get Caught By the Storm.
The PBA Rising Star Boys Falcons started off strong against the Storm on Sunday. The game was close and tied up for most of the first half, until the Storm started to break away from the Falcons. At the end of the first half, the Falcons were down by 9 points. Coming back into the second half of the game, the Falcons were hot, putting points up on the board. In the end, the Storm put up more points, and came out on top. The final score was 40-25.
Diego Mejia led the Falcons scorers with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Colin Hammett scored 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. Clark Trone had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Ethan Gaddis had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Noah Garner had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block. Garrett Karns had 2 points and 1 rebound, Danny Geehring also scored two points. Drew Turner had 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Aiden McKew had 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Game Summaries----Week 8
Rising Star Boy Colin Hammett shows some nice form on his jumpshot. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
JV Boys Comeback to Topple MSD
Rising Star Girls Streak Ends with Loss to VCCI
The PBA JV Boys came from behind to grab 38-35 win against the MSD JV on Sunday. It was an exciting, physical and hard fought game from both teams. MSD came out strong on both ends of the court to take the lead and maintained it all the way until early in the fourth quarter when Poolesville made a run with aggressive full court defense. Poolesville's Ryan Haddaway, John Thompson, Brady Pearre hit six baskets during the final quarter to turn the game to the Falcons. Haddaway led Poolesville with 16 points.
Rising Star Boys Battle the Warriors to the End.
The PBA Rising Star Boys played strong against the Warriors and fought til the end. The game started off a bit slow on the scoring end, with no points being scored in the first six minutes of the game. The Falcons turned on a switch and ended the first half of the game tied at 13. Coming back after halftime, the Falcons controlled the second half and took the lead. With a little over a minute left on the clock, the Falcons had the lead by one and technical foul was called against them. The Warriors hit the free throws and made another shot to take the lead and the win by a final score of 32-27.
Diego Mejia had an incredible game with 10 points, 25 rebounds, 10 steals and 4 blocks! Ethan Gaddis had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Clark Trone had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Drew Turner had 3 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Noah Garner had 2 points and 4 rebounds. Colin Hammett had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Harrison Johnson had 1 steal, Cade Seely had 2 rebounds, Nick Beaton and Aiden McKew had 1 rebound each.
Fast and Furious too Fast and Furious for RS Boys.
Despite an aggressive start, the PBA RS Boys had problems putting the ball in the hole and fell behind early against the Fast and the Furious. The second half was played a lot stronger for the Falcons; they closed the gap in the score and had a good defensive game going. With players in foul trouble and players fouling out, Poolesville could not catch up and lost 46-20.
Diego Mejia was the leading scorer with 5 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block, followed by Ethan Gaddis with 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals and 1 block. Colin Hammett added to the score with 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. Drew Turner had 2 points and 2 rebounds, Clark Trone had 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Garrett Karns had 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 block and Aiden McKew had 1 point and 2 rebounds. Noah Garner had 5 rebounds and 1 steal, Harrison Johnson had 1 rebound and 1 assist. Nick Beaton and Cade Seely had 1 rebound each.
PBA Rising Star Girls Meet Their Match
The PBA Rising Star Girls knew their game would be hard fought on Sunday---they just didn't know how hard fought it would be. In the first match up of the season between these two Rising Star powerhouses, the RS Girls prevailed by two 42-40. VCCI apparently has been licking its wounds since then. They started off the rematch at a fast pace by opening up a six point lead at the half. Poolesville fought back and took the lead with six minutes left, but foul trouble doomed the Falcons down the stretch and the RS Girls lost 36-29.
Megan Roldan and Kalie Terragno combined for 17 points and over 30 rebounds. Sarah Mullikin had six points and a rebound. Alli Haddaway fought off an injury, scored two points and had ten rebounds. Rachel Bupp scored two and Maureen Hueting and Alexis Abrigo also scored.
Game Summaries----Week 7
JV Girls Bring Out the Broom, Sweep Weekend with Wins Over Middletown, Windsor Knolls
Khalil Hits for 16 as Varsity Girls Hang Tough, Rising Star Girls Blow Out K-Town
Rising Star Boys Oh So Close
On Monday afternoon, the PBA JV Girls completed the extended weekend sweep with a 40-30 victory over a second straight quality opponent, Middletown. Unlike the Sunday game, this contest featured twice as many points, numerous fast breaks, and impressive passing. Poolesville raced out to a lead to start the game and ended the first quarter up by four (13-9). The Falcons continued to soar in the second quarter with an effective fast break and control of the boards. Middletown made a small run towards the end of the second quarter however Poolesville, fueled by Kelliann Lee's hard charging attacks to the basket, led at the break 22-15. Lee had six points at the half along with five rebounds, Erin Green added five points and four rebounds, while Cubby Schmidt had four points (including converting both free throw attempts). Also finding the scoring sheet was Tori Gruber with two points (two for two on free throws), Madeleine Thompson with an outside jumper for two, Sarah Mullikin with two and Haley Harkins with a free throw.
In the second half, the Kelliann Lee train continued to charge down the tracks with several steals, rebounds, points and assists. One of the assists was a gorgeous fast break pass to Erin Green down low. In all, Lee ended with an additional eight points in the second half for a game high 14. Lee also hauled down five more rebounds to total 10 boards for the game. Erin Green added two baskets to total nine for the contest. There were some anxious moments in the second half when the Falcon lead was cut to just two points, but Poolesville kept their composure, used some good clock management down the stretch and pulled away in the last 1:30 of the game. Sarah Mullikin ended the game with six points and added some additional firepower from the back court while Tori Gruber completed her afternoon with four points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.
"What a great weekend it was for the girls" said Coach Thompson. "Today, the fast break was humming and we shot for a higher than normal percentage from the field as well as free throws (53%). Kelliann Lee had in my opinion the best game I have ever seen her play" noted Coach Thompson. "She is a special player that has the ability to make everyone on the team better. Currently, we are in the midst of the toughest stretch of our schedule and we seem to be rising to the challenge and showing nice improvement".
In a slug fest between two strong defensive teams, the PBA JV Girls had to rely on their offense in the waning seconds of the game to defeat Windsor Knolls 20-19 in a thriller of a finish on Sunday afternoon. The first half featured few points scored for either team, however for those in the stands that enjoy bullish defense, they came to the right game. Poolesville held a slim 8-6 lead at the half. Four Falcon players had two points; Bridgette Hammett, Tori Gruber, Erin Green, and Sarah Mullikin. Erin Green had five blocks in the first half alone. "Our team defense was excellent in the first half" noted Coach Thompson. "Us coaches were telling the girls before the game that they can't let up on their intensity on defense and they needed to grab each rebound - we could not allow multiple shots for Windsor Knolls. The girls accomplished this goal in a big way". "What I really liked with our defense is that we did a good job of making Windsor Knolls uncomfortable" added Coach Thompson. "Madeleine Thompson, Haley Harkins, Kelliann Lee, and Bridgette Hammett were pesky and created a ton of tie-up's or steals."
The second half was tight throughout with Poolesville holding the lead most of the way. Erin Green was a blocking machine in the second half with 10 additional blocks (15 for the game). The third quarter ended, yet with no change in the deficit, Falcons up 12-10. Poolesville was able to gain a four point advantage late in the game, however the Falcons squandered some chances to put the game away with some inopportune miscues. Windsor Knolls took advantage of an opening and sank a three point shot to tie the game at 18. After a steal by Windsor Knolls and heading in for what looked like a two point lead, Erin Green was whistled for a flagrant foul from behind. Windsor Knolls was awarded two free throws and possession of the ball. After one of the two free throws were converted, Windsor Knolls was awarded the ball. Thankfully for the Falcons, Haley Harkins was able to tie up the ball and give possession back to Poolesville. With 13 seconds remaining in regulation, Kelliann Lee in-bounded the ball, however the Falcons had to scramble to gain control. With Madeleine Thompson on her back, she was able to avoid the onslaught of defenders and pass the ball back to Lee who calmly dribbled to the corner and shoot a 16 foot jumper that bounced off the back of the rim. As the ball came down, Haley Harkins positioned herself for the rebound and converted the bank shot with approximately three seconds left to put the Falcons up 20-19. With Windsor Knolls out of time-outs and having to go full court, time expired with Poolesville victorious.
Game scoring honors (four points) was shared by four players, Harkins, Green, Hammett, and Gruber. "We needed this win in a big way. We had some tough finishes lately, but this time the girls persevered" said Coach Thompson. "We have some work to do in practice in making sure we put the game away when we have the opportunity....but the girls refused to lose today".
Varsity Girls Put up Big Effort in Loss to Windsor Knolls
After witnessing the JV girls pull off a thrilling last second win the PBA Varsity Girls came out fired up and ready to play against defending division champs, Windsor Knolls. Led by Hailey Khalil's six points, Poolesville trailed 16-14 after one quarter. Windsor Knolls tried turning up the heat on the Falcons in the second with a full court zone press. The falcons were prepared for the pressure and did a great job moving the ball down court leading to some easy buckets. The Falcons outscored Windsor Knolls in the second quarter 8-4 and went into the locker room with everything even at 20.
The Falcons came out aggressive and ready to play in the third quarter but had difficulty finding their rhythm scoring only 2 points in the third quarter. "We had plenty of open looks in the third, we just couldn't get anything to fall. You're going to have slumps like that during games, it's how you respond that makes all the difference," said Coach Trainor. The falcons did respond and put up 9 for the quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to overcome the offense scoring power of WK's Ashleigh Bonanno who put up 8 in the 4th and finished the game with 22. The final was 41-31, WK.
"I have been telling our girls all year that they can play with anyone and they proved that today. Windsor Knolls won the division championship last year and frankly beat us pretty bad each time we met last year. That wasn't the case, today. If we hit a couple of shots in the third, this one ends up in the other column. I am really happy with our effort today and how hard we played. We were crashing the boards, getting after loose balls and challenging every shot. Those are the little things that competitive teams do. If we keep playing like that we'll have a chance in every game," commented Coach Trainor.
Hailey Khalil led all Poolesville scorers with 16. She also had several steals playing out front in the 2-3 zone defense. Siann Riggs was all over the place for the falcons scoring seven points from the floor, crashing the boards and coming up with several loose balls. Delaney Cecco scored 7 for the Falcons. Delaney was also instrumental in breaking down the WK pressure that led to several fast break points and in cleaning up the boards on the defensive end. Madi Peyton also chipped in 1 for the Falcons.
Middletown's outside shooting proved too much for the Varsity girls Monday night as they dropped one to the Knights, 35-18. Middletown opened up by hitting their first 3 shots from the floor and jumped out to a 13-4 lead after one. Poolesville struggles from the floor continue for the rest of the first half adding only two points in the second quarter and entered the locker room trailing 23-6.
"We really struggled from the floor in that first half, we had open looks, nice drives to the basket and just had a hard time finishing. We even struggled from the foul line. In a situation like that where you've dug yourselves a hole you have a choice: you can lay down or fight that much harder. Our girls decided to fight that much harder," commented Coach Trainor.
The Falcons came out in a 1-2-2 defense in the third that frustrated Middletown's shooters and led to some easy buckets for Poolesville who outscored the knights 9-5 for the quarter pulling it to 28-15. The comeback ran out of steam in the fourth with Middletown pulling away to finish it 35-18. "This is a good Middletown team that returned five girls that played up last year. I thought we did a great job holding them to twelve in the second half. We started the game really cold from the floor and that hurts you against a good scoring team like Middletown," said Coach Trainor. Hailey Khalil led Poolesville with 7 points. Siann Riggs and Delaney Cecco had 4 apiece. Beckah Trainor had two and Madi Peyton had 1. Samme Mullikin, Bella Lawbaugh, Kate Heimbach, and Deanielle Torres led Poolesville in rebounding and did a good job keeping Middletown's bigs off the boards
Rising Star Girls March Through K-Town
The PBA Rising Star Girls continued to plow through their opponents, this time blowing out poor K-Town in a mis-match by a final score of 49-4. Sarah Mullikin (15 points and seven rebounds), Alexis Abrigo (eight points, five steals), and Alli Haddaway (seven points, five steals) did most fothe damage for the young Falcons in what was an overall team effort. Megan Roldan (six points, nine rebounds) and Kalie Terragno (six and ten) did the job on the boards, as did Cassandra Maier (a bucket and 11 rebounds). Gwen Boe, Allison Ransom and Roshawna Marshall also scored for Poolesville. Maureen Hueting grabbed a rebound and a steal and Gaby Brooks had three steals in the win.
"The girls played great today as the scoreboard indicated," said Coach Paul Terragno, "but this was like a preseason scrimmage compared to who we will face in the playoffs this year. Our girls will have to find a way to get ready for serious opponents despite blow-outs like today."
Rising Star Boys Get Struck by…..Thunder
The PBA Rising Star Boys started off strong, playing smart and aggressive. With strong defense and sinking baskets, the first half ended with the score at 16-14, the Falcons down by two points. The Falcons came back just as strong the second half, with aggressive play. In the second half, the shots stopped falling and the Thunder lead increased. In the end, the Falcons lost the game to the Thunder, 42-26.
The Falcons leading scorer this game was Drew Turner with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block. Clark Trone had 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. Garrett Karns had 4 points and 2 rebounds. Johnny Wasilik had 3 points and 2 rebounds and Noah Garner had 1 point and 5 rebounds. Ethan Gaddis had 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals, Nick Beaton had 4 rebounds and 1 steal, Colin Hammett had 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals, and Cade Seely chipped in 2 rebounds
Tough Weekend for JV, Varsity Boys
Middletown's JV Boys kept opening up decent leads and Poolesville's JV Boys kept chipping away at them during Monday's MLK doubleheader. Poolesville closed an 11-point lead down to just four at the end of the third quarter, but the Knights proved to be too much for the Falcons to overcome as Middletown's JV Boys beat Poolesville's JV's by a final score of 39-35. Poolesville center Ryan Kasten played his best game yet. Kasten finished with a team-high nine points. Brady Pearre and Ryan Haddaway hit for eight points each in the loss. Pete Barry chipped in six points for Poolesville. Tommy Poole and John Thompson also scored for Poolesville.
On Sunday, the PBA JV Boys led at the half 17-16 on a buzzer beater by Ryan Haddaway (11 points total) but Ballenger Creek pulled away in the second half to win 40-33. Brady Pearre scored seven points for Poolesville and Johnny "Rocket" Thompson hit for four.
Middletown's Varsity Boys opened up a nine-point lead over the PBA Varsity Boys and made it stick the rest of the game by winning 42-30. Poolesville was paced by Michael McDonald with 11 points, Cole McKenney with seven, and Jake Drissel with five. Tucker Ross hit for four points and Michael Morgan chipped in three points in the loss.
On Sunday, Ballenger Creek's Varsity Boys opened up an early lead and kept the PBA Varsity Boys at arm's length the rest of the way to win 49-28. Poolesville was paced by Michael McDonald (10 points), Jake Drissel (five points), and three players with four points each.
Game Summaries----Week 6
PBA Centers Erin Green (Varsity Girls) and Alexis Abrigo (RS Girls) rise above their opponents in weekend action. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA Rising Star Ethan Gaddis (wearing #23 of course) elevates to the bucket. Brady Pearre beats back Monocacy defenders to score. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA Varsity Boy Michael Morgan draws a crowd against Monocacy. Varsity Girl Hailey Khalil shows off her "ups" against Walkersville. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
Rising Stars Shine!
RS Boys Get First Win, RS Girls Keep Rolling to 4-0
The PBA Rising Star Boys took their first win of the season on Sunday by beating the Tarheels in a nail biter by a final score of 28-27. After exiting the half tied 15-all, the Falcons came back the second half playing a much more aggressive game resulting in steals, blocked shots and foul trouble. Poolesville drew last blood and hung on for the one-point win. Diego Mejia scored 8 points with 17 rebounds. Drew Turner had a monster game with 6 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 steals! Colin Hammett had 6 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Ethan Gaddis scored 4 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals; Clark Trone scored 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals. Noah Garner had 6 rebounds and 1 block, Danny Geehring had 2 steals, Harrison Johnson had 1 steal and Cade Seely had 2 rebounds and 1 block.
The PBA Rising Star Boys lost on Saturday to the Jaguars by a final score of 29-25. The Falcons started strong and led the game into halftime. Coming back in the second half, foul trouble slowed them down. They lost the lead after the Jaguars came back to tie the game at 25 and didn't recover. Poolesville's leading scorer again was Diego Mejia with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Followed by Clark Trone with 5 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. Drew Turner scored 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and block. Garrett Karns scored 2 points and 2 rebounds, Colin Hammett scored 2 points, 1 rebound and 3 steals. The strong defense was played by all Falcons with Ethan Gaddis contributing 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals; Noah Garner had 4 rebounds and 1 steal; Johnny Wasilik with 3 rebounds; Harrison Johnson, Cade Seely, Aidan McKew and Danny Geehring chipped in with 1 rebound each.
The PBA Rising Star Girls dominated LOUYAA from start to finish on Sunday as they coasted to a 25-12 win over the northern rivals. The Falcons opened up a 14-1 lead then held serve the rest of the game. Alexis Abrigo paced Poolesville with nine points and four rebounds. Kalie Terragno hit for six points and grabbed five rebounds. Megan Roldan and Sarah Mullikin hit for four points each. Alli Haddaway had four steals and Roshawna Marshall had five rebounds in the win.
On Saturday, the RS Girls raced to a 24-6 lead at the half and beat the Classics 36-18. Megan Roldan led Poolesville with 12 points and four rebounds. Sarah Mullikin had eight points and seven rebounds. Alli Haddaway and Alexis Abrigo hit for six points each. Kalie Terragno had four points and four rebounds. Gwen Boe had four rebounds, and Roshawna Marshall, Rachel Bupp, Cassandra Maier, Maureen Heuting, and Allison Ransom! each has at least one rebound or a steal in the win.
PBA JV Girls Fall Short Against Walkersville
The weather outside on Sunday afternoon was foggy and dreary and seemed to sum up the mood of the members of the PBA JV Girls team after falling to Walkersville 32-23.The opening quarter of the game featured tough defense by both squads with most possessions resulting in steals or closely contested shots which would not find the net. Kelliann Lee was the only Falcon to convert a field goal in the first quarter, however Poolesville only trailed 5-2, again thanks to a relentless defense. The second quarter saw an increase in scoring for both teams; however Walkersville was able to maintain its three point cushion and led 14-11 at the half. Scoring for Poolesville at this point of the game was lead by Tori Gruber with four points, Kelliann Lee with three, while Bridgette Hammett continued her stellar free throw percentage by making both of her attempts for two points. Kalie Terragno converted a shot from directly under the basket- which seemed to defy all odds from that spot on the court. Strong rebounding by the Falcons helped spring the Poolesville break and defensively limit Walkersville's second chances to score. Megan Roldan led Poolesville with three boards in the first half. "Our defense in the first half was very good with our perimeter players, Haley Harkins, Madeleine Thompson, and Bridgette Hammett doing a great job of not allowing Walkersville to penetrate" noted Coach Thompson. "With Erin Green getting into foul trouble our interior offense and defense was going to be put to the test, but I thought Tori Gruber was fantastic in picking up the slack by scoring and playing very stout in the middle defensively."
In the second half, Walkersville was able to lengthen their lead, but by only two points 22-17. Tori Gruber added five more points and recorded four rebounds and two blocked shots in this stanza. A nice inside move for a basket by Kelliann Lee and a jumper from the wing- just inside the three point arc by Madeleine Thompson were some of the offensive highlights of the 2nd half. Cubby Schmidt and Brooke Hamm snagged rebounds for the Falcons. As the fourth quarter went on, the Falcons seemed to lose some of their defensive intensity and focus, allowing Walkersville some open shots and consequently losing the opportunity to win the game. The Walkersville full court pressure bothered the Falcons into several turnovers, adding to the frustration of trying to mount a comeback. "Tough opponent today, however our reaction to their press was not something to be proud" said Coach Thompson. "We have handled the press quite well for this season until today, however we will work on it in practice and make sure the next time we play them it will be a different story. I was very happy to see Tori Gruber play one of her best games of the year for us- she really kept us in it to the end" noted Coach Thompson.
Taylor Diggs (12 points) and Maddie Hommey (8 points) combined for 20 points total to lead the Walkersville Varsity Girls past the PBA Varsity Girls by a final score of 28-17. The Lions pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter outscoring the Falcons 8-0 to break open a tight game. Hailey Khalil and Delaney Cecco each scored four points for Poolesville in the loss.
PBA JV Boys Hang with Monocacy, Fall by 11
The PBA JV Boys' 16-point fourth quarter was not enough to erase a big Monocacy advantage as the Varsity Mustangs beat the Falcons by a final score of 53-42. Braxton Foreman led the Monocacy charge with 14 points. Tommy Williams and Bennett Commander hit for eight points each for the Mustangs. Poolesville picked up 14 points from Ryan Haddaway and nine points each from Pete Barry and Johnny "Rocket" Thompson.
Monocacy's Varsity Boys scored early and often against the PBA Varsity Boys, including a 21-point first quarter, en route to a 53-21 win over the homestanding Falcons. The Mustang's Dex Prue led all scorers with 14 points. Matt Heath hit for eight points and Edward Plaskett chipped in five points in the win. For Poolesville, Jake Drissel led the Falcons with nine points on three three-pointers.
JV, Varsity Boys Find Walkersville to be Unfriendly Hosts
The PBA Varsity Boys thought they found the magic in Walkersville on Wednesday night as they opened up a 10-point lead on the hosts. Walkersville's defense, along with a not-so-great second half shooting percentage, brought the good vibes to a hard stop as the Lions rallied to beat the Falcons 37-34. Jake Drissel and Michael McDonald led Poolesville with eight points each. Michael Morgan hit for six points, Tim McIntyre scored five points, Gage Wolitzky had four and Michael Collins scored three.
The Walkersville JV Boys came out strong in the first quarter out scoring the PBA JV Boys 14-8 and cruised to a 52-22 victory over the Falcons. Poolesville was led by Pete Barry who scored 10 points.
Game Summaries----Week 5
Poolesville's Joe Brashear goes up strong against Oakdale. RS Girl Kalie Terragno zeros in for a bucket. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
Girls Derail Brunswick in Doubleheader Sweep!
Oakdale Too Much for JV and Varsity Boys
RS Boys Battle Opponent. Flu
The PBA Girls Varsity team traveled to Brunswick on Sunday and came away with a well-earned victory. The Falcon's jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first quarter fueled by aggressive offense and unselfish play. The scoring was more even in the second quarter as the falcons headed to the locker room with a 16-9 lead at the half. The Falcons came out focused in the third quarter and held the Railroaders to 2 points for the quarter extending their lead to 10. The Varsity girls led 21-11 after three quarters of play. Brunswick continued to scrap and put together a furious 4th quarter comeback but the Falcons were able to hold on for the win, 31-27.
"This was a great win for our team. We have had a slow start to our season but we are much better than our record suggests. I'm hoping this win sparks the confidence in our players that I have always had in them," said Coach Trainor. "Winning always feels good but for me it's the culmination of hard work and determination paying off that brings me satisfaction."
Poolesville stifled Brunswick with a well-executed half court zone defense that caused several railroader turnovers. Danielle Torres, Bella Lawbaugh, Samme Mullikin, Delaney Cecco and Carmela Wasilik did a good job of keeping the Railroaders off the boards. The Falcons put together a very balanced scoring attack with 8 girls getting on the board. Hailey Khalil and Madi Peyton led all scorers with 6 apiece. Delaney Cecco had 5 while Izzy Markoff and Siann Riggs both added four. Kate Heimbach, Danielle Torres and Samme Mullikin each chipped in 2.
On the road in Brunswick, the PBA JV Girls started fast, kept the accelerator down throughout the middle portions of the game and finished strong to record their best performance of the season, a 45-20 win over a Brunswick team that had a 5-1 record going into this contest. The Falcons fast break was operating on all cylinders at the start of the game as they raced to a 17-6 first quarter lead. Two steals and two assists by Kelliann Lee helped jump start the fast break, while Erin Green was the source of eight first quarter points with some efficient shooting in the paint.
Key to the first half success was the very strong rebounding by Poolesville. Erin Green had 11 boards just in the first half (18 for the game), while Tori Gruber hauled down five in the first half. Sarah Mullikin had four first half points, while Haley Harkins and Kalie Terragno added two each. The opening half finished with the Falcons holding a 23-13 advantage. "Our defense in the first half was very strong both on the perimeter and down low, leading to several fast break opportunities" noted Coach Thompson. "The girls finished many of the breaks with baskets and Erin cleaned up any unconverted breaks by some relentless offensive rebounding and effective shooting. I also liked how all of our bench played several minutes in the first half and kept the momentum going throughout " said Coach Thompson. The second half continued the strong combination of defense and offense as the Falcons stretched their lead after three quarters to 31-15. Brunswick was able to muster only one basket in this quarter.
Bridgette Hammett played a very strong 2nd half by gathering two rebounds and four points, while Cubby Schmidt made a nice power move to the hoop for a basket. Unlike in the recent contests, the Falcons were not going to allow any comeback by their opponent. Instead, the team added 14 fourth quarter points. Madeleine Thompson had five points in the second half and had four rebounds, while Erin Green continued her impressive performance with six second half points and seven rebounds. In all, nine Falcons scored with Green leading the way with 16, followed by Thompson with eight and Sarah Mullikin with six. "Very proud of the team today" said Coach Thompson. "We bounced back very nicely from three straight heartbreaking finishes and put it all together. I thought each player made a significant contribution to the win today" Coach Thompson also noted that "Big step up today in terms of a commitment to rebounding, improved foul shooting (50%), and an increase in field goal percentage
Rising Star Boys Battle Hoyas and the Flu
With four members of the team out with a bug, the season opener proved to be too much for the Rising Star Boys who lost to the Hoyas 28-8. The team struggled to get into a rhythm and trailed the whole game. The Falcon points were provided by Danny Geehreng, Ethan Gaddis, Clark Trone, and Drew Turner each with two. The second half of the game saw a much more aggressive Falcon team but this resulted in Clark Trone and Ethan Gaddis getting into foul trouble, with Trone eventually fouling out. The Falcons would go scoreless in the second half.
The boys never gave up, controlling the ball for most of the late game but they just couldn't make the plays work. "Our guys are better than the score indicated," said Coach Mike Karns. "We outshot the Hoyas more than 2-1 in the second half. We just could not get the baskets to come."
Tough Trip to Oakdale for JV, Varsity Boys
The PBA Varsity Boys lost to Oakdale on Sunday 53-26. Poolesville trailed 12-3 at the end of the 1st quarter despite a strong effort. Missed shots in the first, and then for most of the game, were the culprits. Jake Drissel led all Falcon scorers with seven, followed by Michael Morgan and McDonald with five each, Cole McKenney with four, Cole Carmack and Tim McIntyre with two each, and Gage Wolitzky with a free throw. Ever the optimist, Coach Weber commented "On a positive note, we shot 10 for 18 (56%) from the free throw line - our best percentage of the year".
The Oakdale JV Boys jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and never looked back against the visiting PBA JV Boys, winning 62-33. Poolesville had a balance of scoring with eight of the eleven players hitting the scorebook. The Falcons were led by Ryan Haddaway with 10, Tyler Morningstar with six and John Thompson with five. Also chipping in points were Trevor McFall, Tommy Poole, and Brady Pearre with three each.
Rising Star Falcon Girls Ground Eagles, Snuff Flames for First Wins!
Poolesville's Rising Star Girls opened up a big first half lead against the VCCI Soaring Eagles then held on for dear life to record their first official win of the season----a 42-40 nail biter victory! Alexis Abrigo (14 points, 17 rebounds) and Megan Roldan (14 points, 10 boards) paced the junior Falcons to the win. Kalie Terragno hit for eight points (and grabbed 13 rebounds) and Ally Haddaway chipped in six points and five steals. Haddaway fouled out in the second half leaving the Falcons with a makeshift backcourt. Rachel Bupp came up with several key stops when the team needed them.
Coach Paul Terragno said "I want to give a special shout out to Maureen Hueting and Cassandra Maier for their tough defense in the second half. These girls did a great job shutting down their top player, which led to her frustration and her fouling out. I thought we had a true team effort. We dealt with major foul terrible and everybody stepped up to the challenge. We did not give up when the game got tight."
On Sunday against the Flames, the RS Girls ran up a 16-0 lead behind a suffocating defense before coasting to a 29-15 win. Megan Roldan led all scorers with 12 points and six rebounds. Ali Haddaway had six points and six rebounds, Sarah Mullikin had six points an a assist. Alexis Abrigo and Kalie Terragno were beats on the boards with eight and nine rebounds, respectively. Gwen Boe had nine steals and five rebounds. Abrigo, Terragno, Boe, and Cassandra Maier all also scored. Allison Ransom, Rachel Bupp, Maureen Hueting and Gaby Brooks all recorded at least one rebound and one steal to help contribute to the win.
Lions Claw Way to Wins over JV, Varsity Boys
Walkersville's Drew Carter hit for 12 of his 14 points in the second half as the Varsity Lions broke open a tight game and went on to beat the host PBA Varsity Boys by a final score of 39-28. The first half ended with a 13-13 deadlock but Walkersville's Varsity outscored Poolesville 26-15 the rest of the way to record the win. Joe Brashear (five points), Jake Drissel (four) and Gage Wolitzky (four points) paced the Poolesville attack.
In the JV match-up, Walkersville's Ben Detweiler hit two long jumpers in the 3rd quarter to push the Lions to a 39-25 win over the PBA JV Boys. Ryan Haddaway led Poolesville with eight points, Brady Pearre scored six and Michael Basehore pitched in four points.
Game Summaries----Week 4
PBA Varsity Boy Michael Collins soars over Brunswick for a bucket. Varsity Girl Madi Peyton always has her eyes on the bucket. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA JV Girl Sara Mullikin drives past a Monocacy defender, JV Boy Brady Pearre scores despite heavy Brunswick defense. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
Varsity Boys Nail Down First Win!
JV Girls Lose to Monocacy at Buzzer
The PBA Varsity Boys popped open a tight game in the third quarter against Brunswick and then coasted to a 43-27 win over their neighbors to the west. Michael McDonald led Poolesville and all scorers with 16 points. Cole Carmack hit for 11.
Brunswick's JV Boys fended off a furious Poolesville JV Boys charge in the fourth quarter and held on to win 35-31. Brady Pearre scored 13 for Poolesville. Teammates Ryan Haddaway (eight points) and Pete Barry (six points) scored in the fourth quarter to key the Poolesville almost-comeback.
For a third straight game, the PBA JV Girls participated in yet another nail biter contest, this time against Monocacy. As was the case with the previous two games, the Falcons came out on the short end of the score, this time by the thinnest of margins, 32-31 on a 12 foot buzzer beater. Having been well-rested for this game, the Falcons raced out to a six point first quarter lead and eventually stretched the margin to ten in the second quarter. After withstanding a furious Monocacy run, Poolesville went to halftime clinging to a 21-20 advantage. Erin Green, who was saddled with three early fouls, led the first half scoring with six points, while Madeleine Thompson had four, Megan Roldan with three, while Sarah Mullikin added two points. The Falcons' success was fueled by an efficient fast break, improved rebounding, and nicely placed passes by Kelliann Lee, who had four assists.
The scoring for both teams after the break was down, however this lack of point production did not take away from the intensity level, which seemed to ascend as each minute ticked off the clock. Strong rebounding by Tori Gruber (game high six boards) frustrated Monocacy's attempts to get second chance points. After being whistled for just two team fouls in the first half, Monocacy's good fortune of escaping violations came to an end in the second half after racking up11 team fouls. The unfortunate news for the Falcons despite the plethora of fouls on Monocacy, is that the team shot a paltry 1 for 15 (7%) at the line, completely throwing away opportunities to take command of the game. With just 100 seconds left in the game, Poolesville was down by three points. Using their full court press, which had been very effective throughout later portions of the fourth quarter, the Falcon's Haley Harkins, Madeleine Thompson, and Kelliann Lee were able to create steals and convert them into baskets. Kelliann Lee closed the deficit to one and then Haley Harkins put Poolesville on top at 30-29 with 33 seconds remaining in the game. After Monocacy gave up possession of the ball once more, the Falcons were in position to close out the game with having the ball and a one point lead with 22 seconds remaining in the contest. Poolesville was able to keep possession of the ball with its perimeter passing game for several seconds until a lapse in concentration in trying to move the ball to a well contested inside led to a change of possession and gave Monocacy the ball with 6 seconds remaining and having to go 2/3 of the court to get the basket they needed. Without a timeout of their own, Monocacy was able to quickly advance the ball just below the foul line and sink the winning shot just tenths of a second before the buzzer.
"Our last three games, all against good teams, were about as close as you can get" said Coach Thompson. "The game today though was really a heartbreaker. The girls battled very hard to get into position to get the win but we have to finish the game properly since we had the ball and a lead with 22 seconds to go." Coach Thompson also noted, "Really, this should have been a win by a relatively comfortable margin if we shoot even just a decent percentage from the free throw line. Getting 15 opportunities at the line and converting just one is where the game was decided."
Monocacy's Varsity Girls scored early and often as they ran past the PBA Varsity Girls by a final score of 39-12. Siann Riggs, Hailey Khalil, and Samme Mullikin all scored a bucket or more for Poolesville.
Game Summaries----Week 3
PBA Squads Prefer Home Cooking
Road Losses Trigger "Oh-Fer" Weekend
It proved to be a tough weekend on the road for the PBA Varsity Girls as they lost two tough ones to rivals from the West. On Saturday the team traveled to Williamsport for a late game against Springfield. The girls started slow offensively being outscored 11-0 in the first quarter and unfortunately were never able to get much offense going for most of the game. "This was a tough one," commented Coach Trainor. "I never doubt the effort our girls give. These girls come out and play hard every game. We are just struggling offensively." The final was 45-25, Springfield. Hailey Khalil led all scorers for Poolesville with 7, followed by Madi Peyton with 5. Izzy Markoff had a nice three point play in the second half and Hannah Bush, Samme Mulliken, Delaney Cecco, Danielle Torres and Bella Lawbaugh chipped in two apiece.
The Falcons traveled to Middletown on Sunday to take on an undefeated Middletown team. "We knew this was going to be a tough game," said Coach Trainor. "This is not the same team that we beat three times last year. They brought back several players that played up on Varsity last year, including the Weaver sisters who can shoot lights out so we knew what they were capable of. They also have a legit 6 footer in Helen Holt." The Falcon's came out in a two-three zone that was fairly effective in the first half as they trailed 21-9 after two quarters. "I was pleased with our defense in the first half. We struggled offensively again but we were still in the game," said Coach Trainor. Middletown came out on fire in the second half scoring 18 to Poolesville's 4 in the third quarter. "They just got hot and couldn't miss in the third quarter," commented Coach Trainor. The final was Middletown 53, Poolesville 19.
"Sometimes when a game gets lopsided like that you can give up. We never did. Our girls continued to play hard and hustle until the final buzzer. That's what I love about this team. They will never quit no matter what the score board says," commented Coach Trainor. "We are going to continue to work on our outside shooting and we will get better offensively. That is something we can certainly work on. We are going to keep working, it is going to click and we will eventually get hot." Delaney Cecco had a break out offensive game against the Lady Knights. She led Poolesville in scoring with 10. Kate Heimbach added three. Siann Riggs, Madi Peyton and Bella Lawbaugh had two each. The team shot 75% from the charity stripe going 6-8.
JV Girls---Close But No (Victory) Cigar
On the road for a Saturday night game against a strong Springfield squad, the PBA Girls JV team led for almost all of the game but ran out of gas and ultimately succumbed at the end 32-29. Like a heavyweight title fight, the two teams battled with strong defense, blocked shots and counter punched with fearless fast breaks, but the points were few and far between in the first quarter with each team managing just two baskets each. More points were scored in the second quarter, but the game remained mostly a tight defensive battle with the Falcons leading at the break 13-11. The first half featured center (and birthday girl) Erin Green scoring eight points, gathering four rebounds, and blocking four shots, while Tori Gruber was excellent defensively with three rebounds and four blocks. Kelliann Lee, despite having badly jammed her finger early in the game, had four assists for the half. Madeleine Thompson continued her strong play and added two outside jumpers. "I thought we came out strong again tonight, especially on defense " said Coach Thompson. "Between Tori and Erin down in the paint, Springfield was getting their shots batted away on a regular basis. Also, I thought Haley Harkins and Madeleine did a fabulous job in switching on their perimeter defense."
Led by Erin Green's 10 second half points, and Bridgette Hammett and Kelliann Lee's three points in the second stanza, the Falcons opened up a ten point lead later in the third quarter. It was in the last few minutes of the third quarter the Falcons began to get worn down- especially with the inability of hauling in the defensive rebounds. Springfield began to chip away at the deficit on the scoreboard and finally overtook the lead with about 2 minutes to go in the game. Poolesville had some chances at the end to tie up the game, however Springfield did not allow the Falcons anything down low and were able to make some key steals to preserve the comeback win. Erin Green had a game (and career) high 17 point performance. "The girls played hard tonight for most of the game, but fatigue definitely was a factor later in the second half since we allowed way too many second and third chances for Springfield to score" noted Coach Thompson. "As I have told the girls numerous times, we wil be as good as we rebound....period. We did a lot of good things tonight, but relentless rebounding was not one of them".
For the second time in less than 24 hours, the JV girls led at the half and late in the game on the road, yet were not able to close the game with a victory. This time, the Falcons fell to Middletown on Sunday by a final score of 39-32. Poolesville did not show many effects from playing late the previous night in Williamsport and held their own against a physical opponent. With the Falcons hustling after loose balls, showing improved strength on the boards, and running the fast break with efficiency, the team was able to be close at the end of the first quarter, trailing 10-8. "The girls really seemed intent on executing the game plan of not being pushed around in the paint" noted Coach Thompson. "This was an area of concern for us and I think we improved today. Erin Green had six boards in the first half (as well as five blocked shots) and Tori Gruber pulled down three." Kelliann Lee had all six of her points in the first half, had three timely steals and was flying around all over the court on both offense and defense. Madeleine Thompson led the Falcons in scoring in the first half with seven, including a long distance three pointer at the buzzer. The three pointer stretched the first half Poolesville lead to 21-16.
Middletown went to a 2-3 zone in the second half and for a while stymied the Poolesville offense. During this scoring drought for the Falcons, Middletown eventually took the lead. However, the fast break cranked up again for the Falcons and the third period ended in a tie at 30. Offensively, the Falcon charge was led by Sarah Mullikin and Kalie Terragno with four points each. Kelliann Lee aided the offense with three assists (six assists for the game), while Haley Harkins created several turnovers with tireless pressing. The score was stuck at 30 for quite a while until Middletown began draining long jumpers from the corner. Poolesville had several opportunities to close the gap or take the lead but were not able to penetrate the Middletown defense. Both Madeleine Thompson and Erin Green led the Falcons in scoring for the game with nine points each. "Tough weekend against two good teams. We battled hard today and I saw several players really show a commitment to rebounding and hard-nosed basketball" said Coach Thompson. "Several areas in out game have improved, but we need to keep getting better to hold on and finish with the victory."
PBA JV and Varsity Boys Don't Care for Mt. Airy in the Morning
Mt. Airy's JV Boys won a hard fought 38-32 contest over the PBA JV Boys behind a strong 4th quarter where they outscored Poolesville 21-8. Poolesville was led by Ryan Haddaway with 10 points. Brady Pearre and Pete Barry each had 7 points in the loss.
The PBA Varsity Boys dropped their 4th game of the season by the score of 44-40 to Mt Airy. Poolesville started the game off very slowly, falling behind 12 to 4 in the first quarter, and ending the first half down 17-12. The highlight of the day was the Falcon's three-point shooting, with Jake Drissel hitting 5 and ending the game with 20. Tucker Ross (7 points) and Joe Brashear (5 points) also each hit a three. Cole Carmack (6 points, 4 of them on drives down the middle, 2 for 2 from the free throw line) and Cole McKenney (2 points) also scored for the Falcons. "The boys fought hard today, tying the game in the 4thquarter and almost pulled it out," said Coach John Weber. "But there were a couple of shot didn't fall toward the end of the game and we went 3 for 9 from the free throw line and that really hurt us. We shot 7 for 15 from outside the arc and 7 for 26 from the rest of the field, and we really need to improve our overall shooting and free throw percentage if we want to win games."
Game Summaries----Week 2
PBA JV Boy Johnny Thompson goes up for two with Trevor McFall covering for a rebound. Varsity Girl Danielle Torres blocks a MSD shot. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA Varsity Girl Delaney Cecco rises above West Frderick. JV Girl Tori Gruber grabs a board. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA JV Boys Kings of the Bird Bath, Take Two from Hawks, Orioles!
PBA JV Girls Clamp Down on "D" to Beat MSD
The PBA JV Boys made the short road trip to Urbana on Saturday and handed the Hawks their third straight loss, upending Windsor Knolls 38-31. Both teams were cold in the first half as the Falcons help a 13-9 advantage at the half. Poolesville came out strong in the third quarter scoring the first eight points to go up 21-9. The Hawks managed to cut the into the lead and at the end of the third quarter WK trailed 26-18. The Hawks got more aggressive in the 4 quarter and cut the lead to 33-31 with a little over two minutes to play. The JV Falcons were clutch at the foul line hitting four crucial foul shots late in the game to seal the victory. Pete Barry led the scoring with 16 points, followed by Ryan Haddaway with 10, Brady Pearre with five, Ryan Kasten with four, Robert Siegrist with three, and Jack Tyler also scored. John Thompson and Brady Pearre led the rebounding effort with four each, followed by Ryan Kasten and Tyler Morningstar with three each, Robert Siegrist, Ryan Haddaway, Jack Tyler, and Brain Jacobs each had two and Tommy Poole had one rebound. Brady Pearre provided the pressure with three steals followed by Trevor McFall and Pete Barry each with two steals each. Coach Haddaway let the boys know there was room for improvement. Haddaway said "We started out great and let them back into the game. Great job by Ryan Kasten securing the rebound and scoring to put us back up by four with a minute to go in the game. It was a hard fought victory."
The PBA JV Boys opened up an early 18-7 lead over MSD but the Orioles stormed back to pull to just a three-point deficit at the half. MSD chopped at Poolesville for the whole second half but could not close the gap as the Falcons pushed past the Orioles by a final score of 39-38. Poolesville's guard duo of Pete Barry (15 points) and Ryan Haddaway (10 points) paced the Falcons. Johnny "Rocket" Thompson scored four points in the win for the Falcons. Ryan Kasten, Robert Siegrist, Tommy Poole each contributed two points. Siegrist led the charge on the boards with five rebounds, followed by Jack Tyler and Tyler Morningstar each with three, Brian Jacobs and Haddaway each with two and Kasten, Barry Basehore each with one rebound. Barry had three steals with Thompson, Basehore, Poole, and Haddaway each recording a steal. "Great weekend---two games, two victories," said Coach Haddaway. "Looking forward to getting back in the gym on Monday and working on a few things to get better for next weekend."
In Varsity action, the Windsor Knolls Varsity Boys swamped the PBA Varsity Boys by a final score of 48-18 in a total team effort. The Hawks came out hot scoring from inside and out, keyed by their pressure defense and strong interior play. Only the fourth quater was a bright point for the Varsity Boys as they traded baskets with the Hawks throughout the final stanza. Michael Collins led the Falcons with six points. Michael Morgan popped in four points, Tim McIntyre hit a three-pointer, and Tucker Ross and Colin Fisher also scored for Poolesville.
PBA JV Girls Keep it Rolling with Win Over MSD!
The PBA JV Girls started slowly but finished with a vengeance in Sunday afternoon's 37-23 victory over the Maryland School of the Deaf. As has been the case in some other games this season, the Falcons seem to put themselves in position to score, yet have struggled at times to finish with the basket. To complicate the formula for a win today, Poolesville's typically tough defense uncharacteristically allowed some holes- allowing MSD some easy baskets. When the offense was successful in the first half, points were earned by Erin Green with five, Sarah Mullikin with four, and Tori Gruber and Madeleine Thompson each gathering a basket. On the defensive side in the first half, a strong showing on the boards by Erin Green and Kelliann Lee with seven rebounds and Tori Gruber gathering in two. The first half ended with Poolesville up by just two at 13-11. "I thought the first half was our most disappointing display of defense so far this season" said Coach Thompson. "Too many easy routes to the basket by MSD and the girls were not willing to sacrifice themselves by diving for loose balls".
After a "spirited chat" with the girls at halftime by the coaches, the Falcons seemed to be ready to roll up the sleaves and be determined to execute in all phases of the game. The third quarter saw the Poolesville lead grow from 2 pts at the half to 11. The Falcon charge was led by solid defense, control of the boards and shots finally falling through the hoop. Erin Green took charge with eight second half points as well as six rebounds, while Haley Harkins, Kelliann Lee and Sarah Mullikin added four points each. Megan Roldan and Kalie Terragno each chipped in with one basket. The Falcon defense was buzzing in the second half with several steals from the perimeter as well as Bridgette Hammett from the back line. "Us coaches were pleased with the way the girls came out fighting in the second half. They showed that hard work does pay off" said Coach Thompson. "I thought that once our offensive efficiency in the paint was improved, then everything else seemed to fall in place. Erin Green had a huge game for us with 13 points and13 rebounds and Sarah Mullikin was strong off the bench for us with eight points, while the rebounding success by Kelliann Lee was impressive" noted Coach Thompson.
MSD's Varsity Girls showed their JV teammates how to play the third quarter. They pitched a shut out---outscoring Poolesville 9-0 in the third----to build a commanding lead. Poolesville stormed back in the fourth behind tough defense (outscoring MSD 8-0) but it was too little, too late as MSD's Varsity Girls edged the PBA Varsity Girls by a final score of 24-19. Poolesville was paced by Haley Khalil with seven, Sian Riggs with four and Madi Peyton with a bucket.
PBA JV Girls Double Up West Frederick on Thursday!
On Thursday night the PBA JV Girls displayed a relentless and aggressive defense and eventually wore down West Frederick 30-12 in the home opener. Despite West Frederick scoring the first basket of the game, the Falcons quickly erased the deficit by playing havoc with the opposition's guards- eventually leading to some fast break baskets. First quarter points by Erin Green (all six of her points in this opening stanza), and Bridgette Hammett (2 pts.) were the only scoring for Poolesville. Several missed opportunities for uncontested points were not cashed in by the Falcons, helping keep West Frederick in the contest. Continued pressure in the first half, led by Kelliann Lee's three second quarter steals, made the West Frederick guards wish they had stayed home for the evening. The score was kept very low and close at the half with Poolesville leading 12-6. The only points generated by the Falcons were a breakaway layup by Madeleine Thompson and a basket by Kelliann Lee. "The girls came out pretty hard tonight to start the game. Our perimeter defense was excellent, the communication was evident and the steals came in bunches" said Coach Thompson.
After the break, the Falcons began to pull away and eventually lead 17-8 at the end of the third quarter. The baskets were not exactly pouring into the basket early on in the second half, however as the game continued, Poolesville began to finally convert some shots with some regularity. Sarah Mulliken had all of her 6 points in the second half, while Madeleine Thompson and Kelliann Lee added four points. Baskets by Haley Harkins and Kalie Terragno rounded out the second half scoring. In all, four Falcons had a team high six points. "The strength of our team right now is our attacking defense. I see the girls anticipating, helping out, and are becoming more confident in exerting pressure" noted Coach Thompson. "When our offensive efficiency matches our current effectiveness on defense, we will become a pretty tough team to beat."
West Frederick had all the answers in the Varsity game, and those answers came from the silky smooth point guard play of Kyrsten Linthicum. She hit for 17 and passed for assists on four other baskets in the Cadets 31-19 win over the PBA Varsity Girls. The Falcons picked up seven points from Hailey Khalil, six from Delaney Cecco, four from Madi Peyton and a bucket from Sian Riggs. "We had a tough time with their point guard tonight," said Falcon Coach Pat Trainor. "Our shooting didn't help us either. We'll work on both this week."
Game Summaries----Week 1
PBA Varsity Boy Cole McKenney drives for two with Tim McIntyre ready to start the press. JV Boy Brady Pearre looks for an opening against St. Johns. Photos courtesy of Tom Amiot. For reprints, contact Tom at JCPhotoClub@aol.com
PBA JV Boys,
Girls Salvage Slow Starting Weekend!
Varsity Boys, Girls Start 0-2, Look to Rebound this Week
The PBA JV Boys opened their season on Saturday with a win against Catoctin. The Cougars started the game with pressure and continued through out the game causing turnovers and traveling calls against the Falcons. The Falcons broke open a close game with an 8-0 run to start the second half and went on to win 43-35. Poolesville out rebounded the Cougars almost 2-1 on the boards which became the difference in the game. The Falcons were led in scoring by Ryan Haddaway with 19 points and Brady Pearre chipping in 8.
On Sunday, St. John's and the PBA JV Boys played a game as tight as it gets with the teams separated by just one point at the end of every quarter. The Vikings were the last men standing as they fought off the pesky Falcons and won by a final score of 51-49. Ryan Haddaway and Pete Barry had 11 points each for the homestanding Falcons. Brady Pearre was right behind them with 10. Poolesville's Robert Siegrist hit a three at the 3rd quarter buzzer to pull Poolesville within one.
PBA Varsity Boys Lose Opener, Repeat on Sunday
On Saturday night at Catoctin, The PBA Varsity Boys cut down a nine point halftime lead to just three starting the final quarter, but that was as close as they would get as they fell to the Cougars by a final score of 48-37. Michael McDonald and Jake Drissel led the Falcons with 10 points each---Drissel and Cole Carmack scored five points each in the third to draw Poolesville close.
On Sunday, the St. Johns-Poolesville Varsity match was much tighter as the two teams tied 23-23 at the half and the Falcons held a one point lead at the end of three. Fourth quarter defense was not Poolesville's strong point as the Vikings put 25 points down in the final period to beat the Falcons by a final score of 58-48. Poolesville's burly Michael McDonald scored 13, teammate Jake Drissel scored 10 (including 4-4 from the line), and Cole McKenney hit for eight.
"The weekend was like 'Groundhog Day'" said Varsity Coach John Weber. "The same long shots we shouldn't have been taking on Saturday were the same ones that weren't going in on Sunday. It was the same on defense---we'd make an adjustment, stop them for a play or two, and then go back to doing it the way it didn't work previously. "Missed three's and bad defense will not go a long way for us this year."
Strong Second Half Not Enough for PBA Varsity Girls to Edge Out Monocacy
The PBA Varsity Girls lost a hard fought game to Monocacy on Saturday night. Monocacy started out hot outscoring the Falcons 9-3 in the first quarter. Things started to even out in the second when the Falcons put on the pressure and tied the quarter 4-4 and entered halftime trailing by 6, 13-7. Poolesville came out strong in the second half rattling off 6 straight points to start the half and tying the game 13-13 midway through the third quarter. Delaney Cecco for the Falcons led the way with back to back steels that led to easy lay-ups. Aggressive defense by the Falcons put Monocacy on the line for 7 of their 10 3rd quarter points and helped them pull ahead again to close out the third. Poolesville outscored Monocacy in the 4th 3-1 but it wasn't enough to pull out the win with Monocacy edging out the Falcons 25-18.
"I was really pleased with how hard our girls played for 4 quarters. Our shots just didn't fall for us down the stretch," said Coach Trainor. "We started slow offensively and dug ourselves a bit of a hole but we scrapped back. We pressured them the whole second half and they only scored 4 points from the floor in the half. Everything else was from the charity stripe. We can correct that." Siann Riggs led the way in scoring for the Falcons with six. Hailey Khalil scored five points and she and Hannah Bush did a great job of shutting down Monocacy's scrappy point guard. Samme Mullikin, Delaney Cecco and Bella Lawbaugh chipped in two each and Hannah Bush added one. Makenna McSwenney led Monocacy with 12.
The PBA Varsity Girls struggled offensively in a lopsided loss to Oakdale on Sunday. "We were very lethargic in the first half of this game, I don't know if it was because of the late game the night before, a magnet test hangover from Saturday or what, but we just seemed a bit out of it," said coach Trainor. "Our girls really responded after halftime. I asked them to forget about everything else and give me their best for 14 minutes in the second half and they came out and really got after it. We essentially played them to a draw in the second half. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to overcome the 12 point deficit we were facing after the first half."
"I was really proud of the way these girls responded to adversity after that first half," commented Coach Trainor. "This is a special group of girls. I know they will come out with some fire in their hearts the next time we take the court."
Hailey Khalil led all scorers for Poolesville with eight. Delaney Cecco added six, Maddy Peyton contributed five and Siann Riggs ended with 3. Samme Mullikin and Danielle Torres scored two apiece. Chrissy Marshall led Oakdale with 11.
PBA JV Girls Rebound to Win on Sunday
On the much anticipated opening night of the season for the PBA JV Girls, the Falcons were in no mood to celebrate at the final buzzer since Monocacy took early control on their home court and cruised to a 28-16 win. Poolesville must have thought there was a lid on the basket for much of the game, especially in the first half when numerous shots in the paint either rattled around the basket or leaned out of the hoop. To add to the bad luck, the girls rushed many other shots and could not seem to shake early season jitters. The first half came to end with Monocacy holding a commanding 17-4 advantage. The only scoring for the Falcons came on a very nice 18' jumper from the side of the basket by Kelliann Lee and one two pointer from Erin Green. Erin Green led Poolesville with three rebounds in the first half following by guard Madeleine Thompson with two boards.
In the second half, the Falcons stepped up their play and finally had some shots fall through the net. Erin Green had four points and Haley Harkins and Madeleine Thompson each swished nice outside jumpers, while Kalie Terragno had two baskets (including a nice long-distance floater from the corner) for four points. The Poolesville press seemed to cause some havoc and created some semi-breakaway opportunities, yet the Falcons were not able to convert these steals into points. Tori Gruber seemed to pick up steam as the game wore on and had a strong defensive presence. "We looked very, very nervous starting the game and just could not buy a basket" said Coach Thompson. "We could have easily had another 10-12 points by the end of the first half, but give Monocacy credit, they made their shots and pounded us on the boards".
In less than 24 hours, the JV girls team was back on the road, this time at Oakdale. The difference in play between the opener last evening and today's afternoon game was night and day (pun intended). Poolesville was determined not to let the opener spoil the entire weekend so the offense cranked up and found the bottom of the basket on a consistent basis. The Falcons triumphed 45-19. Poolesville started strong with an aggressive defense, several steals and timely shooting from both inside and outside the paint. The Falcons surrendered just one point to Oakdale in the first quarter and Poolesville scored 10 points of their own. Using a relentless and effective fast break, the Falcons kept the heat on and Oakdale could only watch their opponent from behind much of the time. Kelliann Lee led the team in scoring in the first half with six points (including two for two from the line in which the ball never touched the rim) and three steals, Erin Green banked five points and had a whopping seven rebounds, Sarah Mullikin had four points (including two for two at the line) as did Madeleine Thompson. Rounding out the first half onslaught were baskets by Brooke Hamm, Haley Harkins (who also had two assists), and Bridgette Hammett. Going in to the break, Poolesville led 27-10.
The second half continued much of the same as the first half and the Falcons cruised to the victory with the victory never in jeopardy. The stingy Falcon defense surrendered just one field goal in the first half and three in the second stanza. Leading scorers for the second half were Megan Roldan with four, Tori Gruber with four (she also had seven rebounds for the game), Sarah Mullikin with three, Brooke Hamm and Charlotte Mallow each had a basket. In total, 11 of the 12 Falcon players scored points, and although Susanna Schmidt did not get a basket to fall her way, she was very valuable in snagging five important boards for the game. "Us coaches are very proud of the way the team bounced back today" said Coach Thompson. "The things that really stood out today were the fast break, some very nice interior passing, strong rebounding, and having each and every player making a noticeable contribution to the victory".
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PBA 2011-12 End-of-Season Awards Banquet Honorees. Top Row (from left): Colin Jansson, Joe Soltis, Dylan Landis, Kristen Darragh, Karyn Comfort, Mollie Bodmer, Erin Green. Middle Row: Jami D'Amelio, Casey Harkins, Allie Nevius, Kate Heimbach, Breanne Hall. Bottom Row: Samme Mullikin, Tori Gruber, Gage Wolitzky, Michael McDonald, Michael Basehore, Jessie Martinez. For the complete list of awards, go to PBA Player Info page.
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