Girls’ basketball: North Point has little trouble with Calvert

After earning 16 straight wins to open its season, the North Point girls’ basketball team was finally expecting a challenge Wednesday night.

So much for that.

The fifth-ranked Eagles dominated No. 10 Calvert in a 60-43 win in Waldorf, and made the two-time defending Maryland 2A champions look like just another opponents that simply couldn’t keep up.

Senior guard-forward Tasia Butler finished with 19 points, and junior forward Khaila Prather added 13 as the Eagles built a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter before Calvert closed the gap in the closing minutes against North Point’s second string.

The win gives North Point (17-0, 7-0) its 28th consecutive victory in league play and the inside track to its fourth Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship in five seasons.

“We expected a close game just because of how it’s always been when we play them,” Butler said. “Then once the first half ended we knew we had to just keep our foot on their throat and not let up.”

Calvert (13-2, 5-1) has just seven players on its roster, and when junior center Daijha Thomas and senior guard Jasmine Weems — two of the Cavaliers’ three leading scorers — both picked up their third foul in the second quarter, North Point steadily took control.

Calvert went about seven minutes without scoring in a futile stretch that continued into the second half, and the Eagles pushed a manageable six-point lead into a 22-point advantage before Calvert senior guard Alexis Smith finally broke the drought.

“Their defensive pressure gave us some problems, and we didn’t really execute our half-court offense,” Calvert Coach Timothy Contee said. “We were just standing on offense regardless of who was in the game.”

On the other end, the 6-foot-1 Butler and 6-2 Prather formed a potent inside duo for North Point, and senior guard Chalise Greenwood (nine points) and senior forward Ebane Mainor (six points) added complementary scoring that Calvert did not have the ability to stop.

“We knew we had to go after them,” Prather said. “We just went at them hard.”

North Point still has five games left to secure the SMAC title, including at Waldorf rival Westlake on Friday, but the Eagles know Wednesday’s performance against Calvert will put the rest of the league on notice.

“We definitely came out with the mind-set to make a statement,” Butler said. “We wanted to let this be our game in our house. We were ready.”

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