For the Antietam High School girls' basketball team, their District 3-AA opener was simply a case of too much Rachel Skolny. The Holy Name senior scored 25 points, including her 1, 000th of her career, to lead the Blue Jays to a 52-38 victory over the Lady Mounts on Thursday, February 14.Skolny needed six points to reach her milestone and she reached it in the first quarter when she scored nine. She propelled her team to a 13-8 lead after one quarter and a comfortable 28-13 at halftme.
The Lady Mounts were not able to get the offense going enough to recover from the deficit.
'I though we played with a lot of passion,' said Antietam Head Coach Mike Green. 'Holy Name's guards created many problems for our offensive sets. I thought we made too many mistakes with the ball, both through our own fault and through Holy Name's pressure half court trap.
'We had prepared for their defensive attack for the last two weeks, but the problem was that they were the ones dictating the pace. We never made the on court corrections to ensure success and that falls on me.'
The game was originally scheduled to play on Tuesday, February 12, but the weather first pushed it back to Wednesday, then to Thursday. Coach Green was not about to use that as an excuse.
'I don't think the layoff was of any consequence,' said the coach. 'We actually had a game since our last meeting with Holy Name and I don't think they did, so the layoff would have hurt their chances for than ours.
'The Lady Mounts, who went into the game as the 11th seed in the tournament (Holy name was seeded sixth) were led by Ali Stump who scored 20 of the team's 38 points. Ali Stunz and Vanessa Epps each netted six points.
The loss ended the Mounts' season with an overall record of 9-13. The team was hoping for something better when the season began.
'I feel we had somewhat of a successful season,' said Green. 'We didn't achieve what we set out to do (compete for the division title), but we did qualify for districts. I think that was the first time an Antietam team has qualified for the district play-offs.'