With just less than 40 seconds remaining and Friday’s girls basketball game tied against Urbana High School, Frederick’s Courtney Davis stood at the free throw line as calm as could be.
The junior guard made both free throws to give the Cadets their second lead of the game and they never relinquished it; securing a 57-52 come-from-behind victory over the host Hawks.
“I practice [free throws] every day,” said Davis, who scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the final two minutes. “It was a lot of pressure on me.”
The Cadets (3-0) used a high-pressure full-court defense, which was most effective in the fourth quarter. Urbana turned the ball over 12 times in the final eight minutes while causing just three.
The Cadets took their first lead, 45-44, on a layup by Kellie McLaughlin with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the game. The Hawks (2-1) took it back just less than a minute later with a layup by Regan Lohr. With a minute left in the game, Chloe Scott tied the game at 50, the second tie of the game, on a jump shot in the paint.
From there, Davis made three trips to the free throw line and made all six attempts.
“I think we played into their tempo,” Urbana coach Jessica Mills said. “They like to get up and down the floor. We do as well, but I think there were times when we just needed to slow it down and get things settled. But credit to Frederick. They didn’t let us do that.”
Frederick played from behind from the game’s first points as the Hawks’ Bailey Bresee made her first of three 3-pointers — the first three baskets for Urbana. The Cadets trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.
Free throw shooting held Frederick back in the first half by going 11-for-19, including a 2-for-5 performance from Davis. The Hawks made 10 of their 14 foul shots. But when they needed the shots, the Cadets got them.
“They refocused. It’s not how you start necessarily, but how you finish and they finished strong,” Frederick coach Keivette Hammond said.
Frederick 57, Urbana 52
Frederick 13 12 15 17 — 57
Urbana 21 13 8 10 — 52Scoring
Frederick — Courtney Davis 16, Chloe Scott 13, Darian Little 8, Kellie McLaughlin 7, India Dotson 5, Kari Betson 4, Lauren Tolson 1
Urbana — Bailey Bresee 13, Claudia Lohr 12, Natasja Hirabayashi 8, Regan Lohr 7, Samie Abernethy 5, Madeline Cederdahl 5, Meredith Holley 2