The season started with promise for the Sparrows Point girls basketball team as it won four of its first five games.
But the Pointers only won two of their next 14 games to drop their record to 6-15 with one game remaining in the regular season.
After posting wins of two of three games to raise hopes of a late-season surge, Sparrows Point fell at Eastern Tech 66-38 on February 14 and to visiting Towson on Friday 57-43.
The Pointers were to host Dundalk on Tuesday in the regular-season finale after The Eagle went to press.
Both games last week were against tough opponents, with Eastern Tech and Towson both finishing with 14-8 records.
Against their southeast area rival Mavericks, the Pointers were hurt by poor shooting, both at the foul line and from the floor, and Eastern Tech’s dominance on the backboards.
Sparrows Point converted 11 of 23 free throws (48 percent) and made 13 of 70 shots from the floor (19 percent).
And when the Pointers missed a shot, they rarely got a second chance. Eastern Tech out-rebounded Sparrows Point 38-10 on the offensive end.
The Mavericks also had more offensive rebounds than the Pointers had defensive rebound, with a 22-21 advantage. That meant Eastern Tech had plenty of opportunities to score, and it took advantage: 27 of the Mavericks’ 66 points were second-chance points.
Two players accounted for the majority of Eastern Tech’s rebounding dominance: Sequoia Rantin (23 rebounds) and Adanne Ezeaputa (20 rebounds). Puta (6-foot-3) also had 10 blocks.
Sparrows Point’s tall inside player, Alana Levy, battled hard throughout the game but was physically overmatched by Rantin and Ezeaputa.
The Pointers had an early 4-2 lead, but couldn’t sustain it under the consistent one-and-outs when they were on offense, and the Mavericks many second-chance shots.
A 9-0 run lifted Eastern Tech to an 11-4 lead, but the Pointers were still in the game after one quarter, trailing 15-8.
A 13-1 run to open the second quarter extended the Mavericks’ lead to 28-9. The Pointers then stiffened on defense, holding Eastern Tech scoreless for the next five minutes, but could only score seven points during that stretch and went into halftime facing a 31-16 deficit.
Eastern Tech outscored Sparrows Point 19-9 in the third quarter to secure the game.
Destiny Perry scored 12 points for Sparrows Point and Nickie Mason had right points. Savannah Hunter scored seven.
Patapsco lost at Kenwood 27-23 on February 14 and fell to visiting Eastern Tech 44-33 on Friday to finish the regular season with a 3-14 record.
Five of Patapsco’s losses were by 10 or fewer points.
Dundalk lost at Perry Hall 91-38 on February 14 and has a 4-13 record heading into Tuesday’s game at Sparrows Point.
The Owls are seeded fifth in the Class 3A North Region Section II playoffs and will play at fourth-seeded Kenwood on Friday.
The winner will travel to top-seeded Aberdeen on Tuesday. Kenwood beat visiting Dundalk during the regular season 54-43.
Patapsco, seeded sixth in the section, will play at third-seeded Bel Air on Friday, with the winner likely playing at second-seeded C. Milton Wright on Tuesday.
Sparrows Point, seeded seventh in the Class 1A North Region Section I, will play at second-seeded Chesapeake on Friday.
The winner will play either third-seeded Western Tech or sixth-seeded Randallstown on Tuesday.
The Bayhawks swept the Pointers during the regular season, 49-36 and 54-27. Both games were at Sparrows Point.
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