Douglass capped its best season ever with a 52-41 victory over Francis Scott Key of Union Bridge in the Maryland Girls Class B championship game yesterday at Catonsville Community College.
"We changed defenses on them several times; that kept them off balance." said Douglass coach Donna Holiday, whose team finished the year at 19-3. Key closed at 17-4.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for Douglass was stopping Key's 6-foot-1 center, Kim Duppins, who averaged 23 points and 18 rebounds during the regular season.
Holiday came up with a temporary solution. She ordered her troops to box in on Duppins. Meanwhile, Douglass raced to a 24-13 lead on nine of Mary Butler's 17 points
But Duppins could not be contained for long. She scored eight of Key's first 10 points in the third period to cut the deficit to 30-25 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.
Key's Kin Bankert tossed in a short jumper off a missed shot by Duppins and followed with a driving layup to cut Douglass' lead to 34-30 entering the final quarter.
But Carol Weems kept Douglass ahead in the fourth period. Four times, her full-court passess resulted in layups for teammates. Helen Harrison scored six of her 12 points to help Douglass pull away in the final eight minutes.