The Cavaliers were awarded a pair of technical foul shots after referees discovered Patterson Mill had incorrectly listed a player’s jersey number on the official lineup card. Smith went to the line and gave her team two points immediately, before the clock started.
And once she was on the board, the senior point guard didn’t stop scoring. Smith scored 25 points to lift Calvert to a 61-42 victory over the Huskies at UMBC’s RAC Arena. The Cavaliers will vie for a third consecutive title in Saturday’s final against Middletown, which advanced with a 60-27 rout of Randallstown in the day’s first semifinal.
“It was just another game,” Smith said. “Just a different gym, but just another game.”
It was the 11th consecutive win for seventh-ranked Calvert (24-2), which hasn’t lost a game since a Jan. 30 setback at No. 3 North Point. Smith has been one of the major reasons for the run, and on Friday, she was at her best. Her personal 10-0 run early in the first quarter gave Calvert a 13-2 lead, setting the tone for the evening.
In the first half, Smith (18 points) single-handedly outscored Patterson Mill as the Huskies shot just 23 percent from the field — including 1 of 9 from beyond the arc — and trailed 36-16 at halftime.
Patterson Mill (20-7) made it interesting late in the third quarter, piecing together a 15-0 run that pulled the Huskies within 49-40 with about five minutes remaining. The burst included seven points from sophomore Qalea Ismail (18 points).
“[We] just had to slow the ball down and just calm down,” said Calvert center Daijha Thomas, who finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Huskies’ comeback hopes fizzled after Calvert responded with a 12-0 run in the final minutes of the game. Guard Jasmine Weems (16 points) started it with a jumper, and Smith put the contest out of reach with back-to-back jumpers that pushed the lead to 57-40 with just more than two minutes remaining. One of those shots was a fade-away 16-footer that silenced the crowd.
“Since we’re like, two-time state champion, I feel there is a lot of pressure because teams are out to beat us,” Smith said. “We do a good job at it, we do.”