Since bowing to Fallston in overtime, 50-42, a couple of days before Christmas, Harford Tech’s girls basketball team has come full circle.
The Cobras had reeled off seven straight wins over Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference opponents heading into Thursday night’s rematch with the Cougars.
With sophomore Amya Goodsell going off the way she did, Harford Tech’s circle is still unbroken after a wire-to-wire 51-42 verdict over the defending Class 2A state champs.
The 5-foot-8 guard/wing produced a game-high 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added five assists and four steals in a bravura performance to give the Cobras sole possession of first place in the UCBAC’s Chesapeake Division.
She scored 12 of her team’s first 14 points and had 16 by halftime as the hosts built a 26-13 advantage at the intermission in the victory.
”I’d like to thank my teammates for helping me because when we run our plays, it helps how Aniyah (Gibson), as a big girl, helps us set our screens,” she said. “And it (also) all comes from energy from the crowd and my teammates. That’s what motivated me to do so well in the first half.”
Fallston’s defense, with junior Maddy Burns taking the lead role attempting to slow down Goodsell, played better in the second half — especially in the third quarter when the Cougars rallied to cut the deficit to 29-28 midway through the period.
”At first I didn’t know how to react,” Goodsell said about Burns’ tight coverage. “But then I said, ‘I’ve got this’, and I played off the ball. I took it just like it was a normal man-to-man (defense).”
Burns wasn’t the only hero in the comeback, considering the way that junior shooting guard Lindsey Detloff (14 points) was knocking down three-pointers, nailing back-to-back rainbows from her sweet spot in the corner before splashing another triple from beyond the elbow during a 15-3 run.
“She’s a really good shooter,” Harford Tech coach Brad Hunt said. “She’s streaky, and she’s really good against us. She made a couple of shots early, and they gave her confidence.”
Senior point forward Renae Gent and junior center Ayla Galloway, who notched a team-high 15 points, aided the sequence that ended when Goodsell assisted junior guard Sarah Hunt to give the Cobras (13-5, 7-1 division) enough momentum to stretch their lead by to double digits by the end of the quarter.
Detloff buried her final three-ball to open the final period and the Cougars (12-5, 8-2) hung tough, pulling to within 44-40 with two minutes remaining in regulation.
That’s when Goodsell banked in the biggest shot of the game to crush Fallston’s dreams of stretching its UCBAC winning streak to 10 games.
”I was very confident in my shot,” she said. “I knew I could do it and I knew everyone had faith in me to take the shot.”
Brad Hunt said that Goodsell set a precedent for her latest surge in a triple-overtime win over Dulaney with a 28-point effort, 17 in OT.
”The girl has worked tirelessly on her game,” he added. “She really rose to the occasion.”
Fallston coach Johnny Woods said he was well aware of Goodsell’s talent.
”She’s one of the best players in the county,” he said. “We tried to keep her from going downhill, but then she hit her jumpers. You have to give her credit for that.”
He also praised Detloff’s shooting and his team’s fortitude.
”She’s our designated shooter,” he said. “She works hard on it and puts the ball in the hole.”
His team, he said, showed “grit. We’re young and getting better.”
Brad Hunt was pleased with his team’s defense in the first half.
”We did a really good job with our press,” he said. “We were able to lock in and execute our offense and be patient (on offense) and take what the defense gave us. We may have stayed into it a little too long — they made some adjustments to it.”
UCBAC Chesapeake Division girls basketball
Harford Tech 51, Fallston 42
Fallston 7 6 16 13 — 42
Harford Tech 12 14 13 12 — 51
Fallston-Ayla Galloway 15, Lindsey Dettloff 14, Maddy Burns 7, Brooke Bolesta 4, Renae Gent 2.Totals 14 9-11 42.
Harford Tech-Amya Goodsell 25, Anyia Gibson 7, Jordan Strang 6, Regan Crain 5, Jessica Castro 3, Sophia Mace 3, Sarah Hunt 2. Totals 17 13-23 51.