Courtney Davis came to the bench for a brief rest early in the fourth quarter Friday, and Frederick High School girls basketball coach Keivette Hammond had a cup of water waiting.
“Courtney, here you go,” Hammond said as she reached for already-filled cup she had set under behind the first bleacher.
But Davis, still hustling, had already made her way to the end of the bench.
Hammond gave the cup to an assistant to take to Davis. Seconds later, Davis returned to the court.
Thanks to the energy of Davis (15 points) and Kiyana Chaney (19) during a high-paced game, No. 4 seed Frederick beat Urbana, 57-42, in the first round of the 3A West Region tournament.
Frederick (15-7) plays Seneca Valley (14-9) Monday in a region quarterfinal.
“We’ve got each other’s back,” Hammond said. “I think if they know that I respect them and I have their back, if it’s a cup water or some issue in their life, then they’re going to play harder for me.”
Frederick didn’t need any extra motivation Friday. A January loss to Urbana had taken care of that.
“We just really wanted to prove our point and show them who Frederick was,” Chaney said.
Frederick proved its point nearly immediately, taking a 15-2 lead to start the game.
“That’s what you always envision. That’s what you talk to your team about. But you never know until you come,” Hammond said. “But I’m a big believer in belief. I think if you believe it into happening, then eventually you can see it. We talk about that a lot. ‘What do you want the game to look like?’ And I think you saw that tonight.”
Chaney, in her first varsity season, has been the only Frederick player besides Davis to start every game. Though her 19 points stood out Friday, they weren’t necessary to prove her coach’s faith in her.
“She does so much more for us as far play defense and rebound, get on the floor for a loose ball,” Hammond said. “As a far as a player like that, that’s indispensable. So, she plays great every game to me.”
Urbana’s season ends at 10-13.
“It was up and down,” Urbana coach Jessica Mills said. “I think that was kind of the M.O. of the county this year, with every team. There was nights where we stepped out on the floor, and we played like we were the best team in the county. There was nights when that was very hard for us to duplicate.”
Though No. 1 seed Damascus must still beat Tuscarora and Frederick must beat Seneca Valley, it’s easy to envision Damascus and Frederick meeting in a 3A West semifinal. It would be a rematch of last year’s region final, when Frederick upset top-seeded Damascus.
If Friday’s opening round is any indication — Tuscarora (13-9) beat Watkins Mill (10-13), and Linganore (7-15) beat Rockville (5-16) — Frederick County has an upper hand on Montgomery County, and that could bode well for Frederick’s hopes of upsetting Damascus again.
“If Frederick plays defensively the way that they have this season, I think they’re going to give Damascus a run for their money, too,” Mills said.
Frederick 57, Urbana 42
Urbana 6 9 14 13 — 42
Frederick 15 11 18 13 — 57
Urbana (10-13 , 4-10): Claudia Lohr 15, Samie Abernethy 10, Andi Prugh 6, Meredith Holley 3, Natasja Hirabayashi 2, Regan Lohr 2, Bailey Bresee 2, Jenn Heflin 2.
Frederick (15-7, 8-6): Kiyana Chaney 19, Courtney Davis 15, Cristina Negoescu 9, Andrea Mwando 8, Kari Betson 4, Cierra Hensley 2.