Seneca Valley’s Lady Eagles basketball team came out strong on Friday night against the Damascus Lady Hornets in the first round of the playoffs, but the Hornets strong showing in the second period earned them 75-61 victory.
With the win, the 16-6 Lady Hornets will advance to play the 18-4 Poolesville Lady Falcons on Tuesday night in Poolesville. The Falcons earned the No. 2 seed in the region and a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Seneca Valley came out hot taking a 22 to 18 lead after the first quarter thanks in large part to senior Jessica Jones’ eight points in the opening stanza. Jones finished the game and her Seneca career with 15 points, on four field goals, two three-pointers, and one shot from the foul line.
However, the Lady Hornets would turn up the defensive pressure and allow the Eagles to score just nine points in the second quarter. Damascus junior Clare Bradshaw dropped 11 of her 23 points in the second quarter, to help the Hornets score 24 points in the quarter and take a 42-31 lead into the half. Bradshaw led all scorers for the night, finishing with three field goals, and four three-balls, as well as shooting five-for-six from the foul line.
Damascus had three girls in double-digits in the victory, Bradshaw, along with seniors Julia Tomlinson who had 16 points and Kaitlyn Desmond with 14 points. Senior point guard Makenzie Crigger added nine points.
It was a physical affair as the two long-time rival schools went at it in Damascus, but the physicality took its toll on Seneca as two players, junior Hannah Himes and Brianna Dorsey both fouled out of the game as the Eagles were called for 23 fouls. The Lady Hornets made Seneca pay for the fouls shooting 78 percent from the foul line to the tune of 21 points.
Seneca was led by junior point guard, Jasia Oliver. She had 22 points in the game on four field goals, three shots from behind the arc, and a perfect five-for-five from the charity stripe. Sophomore center Bryana Barber added 18 points on nine field goals. The Lady Eagles ended the year at 10-11 under first-year Head Coach Ali Hashemzadeh.
Top: Damascus junior Clare Bradshaw (24) drives the lane as she is defended by Seneca Valley sophomore Brianna Dorsey (41). Bradshaw led all scorers in the opening round playoff game which Damascus won 75-61 on Friday night in Damascus.
Next: Seneca Valley’s junior point guard Jasia Oliver (11) drives to the basket.
Next: Damascus senior Makenzie Crigger (11) with a layup, she had nine points in the game.
Next: Seneca Valley senior Jessica Jones with a three-pointer during Friday’s game. She made two three-balls to close out her Seneca career with a 15-point game.
Next: Damascus senior Kaitlyn Desmond (35) races with Seneca Valley junior Hannah Himes (13) for a loose ball during Friday’s playoff game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse