Patuxent High School guard Ryan Hawkins put on a huge performance Friday night, and, frankly, his team needed almost every bit of it. In a game against county rival Calvert that was much closer than anticipated, Hawkins almost single-handedly shot the Panthers to a 67-60 victory.

Hawkins, a senior guard, finished with a game-high 33 points, including eight three-pointers on 12 attempts. He hit four three-pointers in the second quarter, as the Panthers (2-0) made up a 10-point deficit.

Hawkins "was just on fire tonight," said Todd Nutter, Patuxent's first-year coach. "I told the guys just to milk it when he's hot, and they did a good job of that. They continued to set him up and get him the ball, and it paid off."

In the first game of the doubleheader, Calvert's girls, led by senior forward Kelly Bumgarner's 15 points, eased to a 47-30 win.

In the boys game, the Cavaliers hung in, although they were 7-15 last season and Patuxent finished 18-5. Calvert also played without standout center Joe Jones, who was declared academically ineligible earlier in the week and will miss the entire season, Calvert Coach Bill Stewart said.

Still, Calvert (1-2) took a 22-12 lead with seven minutes left in the first half. The Cavaliers led until 2:57 was left in the half--when Hawkins completed a 16-5 run with the second of back-to-back buckets.

"I started out slow, missed my first one, but it's just one of those things that got rolling for me," Hawkins said. "Then, after you start hitting a few, you get to a point where you know no matter where you're shooting it from or who's in your way, it's still going to go in."

Calvert, led by guards Treaven Wills and Sam Pumphrey, kept up the pressure in the third quarter and continued to take advantage of Patuxent turnovers. But every time the Cavaliers seemed within striking distance, Hawkins would can another three-pointer.

The Panthers took a 53-49 lead with 5:10 to play on a Hawkins three-pointer. They extended their lead to 61-51 by scoring off quick, accurate passes inside and converting their free throws.

"I thought we played well until those last five minutes, and then [Patuxent's] experience showed," Stewart said. "I don't think anyone can shoot the ball any better than Hawkins did tonight."

In the girls game, neither team was as accurate. Patuxent (1-1) made 13 of 46 shots and 2 of 10 free throws. Calvert (1-2) made 17 of 71 field goals and 12 of 33 free throws.

"I thought I was in a horror film," said Calvert Coach Frank Moore. "Friday the 13th wasn't as scary as what I saw out there on the court tonight. We've shot poorly every game this year. I think we're hitting about 30 percent from the free-throw line, and if we were just hitting 50, we'd be 3-0 instead of where we are right now."


Patuxent (1-1)--Goldring 1 0-0 2, Robinson 4 0-0 8, Welborn 2 0-2 4, Howell 3 2-5 10, Shisler 0 0-1 0, Baldwin 1 0-0 2, Plummer 2 0-2 4. Totals 13 2-10 30.

Calvert (1-2)--Peel 3 0-6 6, Houston 2 0-0 4, Hickman 5 2-6 13, Brown 1 3-9 5, Bumgarner 6 3-6 15, Moore 0 4-6 4. Totals 17 12-33 47.

Halftime: Calvert, 19-9.

Three-point goals: Patuxent 2 (Howell 2); Calvert 1 (Hickman).


Patuxent (2-0)--Hawkins 10 5-6 33, Graham 6 4-4 16, Gantt 2 2-4 6, Gross 1 4-5 6, Ennis 1 0-0 2, Baldwin 1 0-0 2, Mackall 0 2-4 2, Smith 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 17-25 67.

Calvert (1-2)--Wills 4 6-8 14, Pumphrey 3 2-5 9, Conway 1 0-0 2, Mackall 2 2-2 6, Williams 5 2-2 15, Jones 1 1-2 3, Robinson 1 0-0 3, Herrick 1 0-0 2, Brooks 2 0-0 4, Williamson 1 0-2 2. Totals 21 13-21 60.

Halftime: Calvert, 33-28.

Three-point goals: Patuxent 8 (Hawkins 8); Calvert 5 (Williams 3, Pumphrey, Robinson).

CAPTION: Patuxent's new head coach, Todd Nutter, shouts at his team during a first-half timeout, when Calvert was leading. After the Panthers won, 67-60, Nutter said guard Ryan Hawkins was "on fire."

CAPTION: Calvert's Kara Hickman, left, and Patuxent's Meghan Robinson wrestle for a loose ball. The Cavaliers overcame shaky shooting to win, 47-30.

CAPTION: Patuxent's Eric Gross attempts a three-point shot during the first half. The Panthers, who clung to a narrow lead throughout the second half, improved their record to 2-0.