Banks nets 27 in win over Cardinals
HAGERSTOWN, Md.- Two teams that know each other very well hit the hardwood on Thursday afternoon as the #4 seed FCC Cougars squared off against the #5 seed CCBC Catonsville Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the MD JUCO women's basketball tourney at Hagerstown CC. Today's contest was the rubber match as the two teams split earlier in the year. Fans were treated to free basketball as it took an extra five minutes to decide a winner with the Cougars coming out on top by the score of 89-85. FCC improves to 12-8 on the year and extends their win streak to two games.
From the opening tip, this was a game of streaks. FCC would jump out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to a couple of 3-pointers by Skylar Robinson and Augusta Kamara. The Cardinals would storm back and open up a 39-26 lead over the Cougars in the final seconds of the second quarter.
Out of the locker room, FCC would put together a strong third quarter to work their way back into the game. FCC's Amiah Banks, Jone Ayers, and Robinson came up big for FCC. The Cougars would light up the scoreboard for 30 points in the third quarter and the stage was set for the final 10 minutes of play. The Cardinals had the ball and a chance at the game winning shot with just four second left, but a layup by Myah Savage of CCBC Catonsville just grazed off the front of the rim.
In overtime, Jone Ayers sank six free throws to seal the victory for FCC. Banks and Ayers continue to be the one-two punch for Coach Henry's offense. Banks scored a team-high 27 points on 10-of-20 from the field. She registered a double-double by pulling down 10 boards. Ayers finished with 25 points and came up big from the free throw line (9-of-10). Robinson was draining some deep jumpers from beyond the arc to tallied 18 points in the win.
"We wanted to live off of our defense," said FCC Head Coach Sheldon Henry. "We went to a full court press and wanted to get more easy layups off the press. I think it threw [CCBC Catonsville] off initially, and we were able to ride that on offense."
Number 4 FCC will return to the court on Saturday afternoon when they take on #1 seed Harford Community College. Tipoff is set for 3:00 P.M. at Hagerstown Community College.