By: Brooks Warren
UPPER MARLBORO – Frederick Douglaass High School guard Brenae Ford scored 13 points, including a dagger pull-up jumper from mid-range to ice a win versus Surrattsville High School.
“It felt good because, I was like, we really needed that,” Ford said, “I mean the game ain’t stop and it wasn’t over so I got to play until the last second.”
Douglass outlasted Surratsville, 43-38, to advance to 13-8 and Surrattsville fell to 12-10. Senior guard Teona Smith contributed nine points of her own to back up the performance by Ford. The Hornets leading scorers were junior Seriyah Wren(14 points) and freshman Jadyn Wages(10 points). The victory was their second of the season against Surrattsville, the first being a 40-33 win on February 12, and adds a 10th victory in a row over their Prince George’s County foe.
“We got out to a good start and I think we got a little lax,” Douglass head coach Derwin Faulkner said, “They came back, and we were in a dog fight and stopped executing at the end.”
The Eagles came out striking first with a 7-0 run before Surratsville head coach Devin May called a timeout. May was visibly up with the Hornets, during the opening sequence they coughed the ball up six times on unforced turnovers. It wasn’t until nearly two minutes into the second quarter that Surratsville got on the board on a junior guard Danielle Ellerbee layup. However, Douglass continued to pour it on, building a 15-point lead after a Ford mid-range jumper with under a minute to go in the first half. The Eagles lead ballooned to 33-10 after Douglass emerged from the locker room, scoring the first seven points of the second half.
After Wren stopped the bleeding with a layup, it helped the Hornets close the gap to 16 points, 33-17, before Douglass brought it back to a 21-point deficit after forward Kailah Major-Taylor scored on a layup.
In the final frame the Hornets stole all the momentum. A 7-0 Surrattsville run closed the Eagles lead to 38-24, before a Major-Taylor free throw momentarily stopped the run. The Hornets response this time was scoring 10 unanswered points in a row. Surrattsville reeled off three and-1s in a row, however, only junior Tori Tolson completed one of those three-point plays making the score 39-29 early in the fourth quarter. With each bucket drawing more blood, the Surrattsville bench got increasingly excited. After a Wages free throw closed the deficit to 39-36 with about two minutes left, the Eagles called a timeout as the Hornets celebrated the moment.
The magic would stop there for Surratsville after the timeout, the Hornets proceeded to turn the ball over twice and only scored once more on a Wages steal and layup that made the score 41-38. Ford would end any doubts on the subsequent possession. An out-of-bounds play resulted in the junior guard getting open on the right wing and burying the aforementioned midrange pull-up jumper, resulting in the final score.
“As a team, we got to come together instead of letting the other team get in our heads,” Smith said, “When we make a mistake we can’t just keep looking back on that mistake. We have to move forward from it.”
As playoffs and County championships begin next week, Smith let it be known that with five seniors and equipped with a deep and talented rotation according to Derwin, the Eagles are coming in teeming with confidence and ready to shock the state.
“We aren’t going to get kick out of the playoffs easily,” Smith said, “We’re going to work hard, whoever plays against us, they’re going to feel us for real.”