After her team won seven straight games — the best of surges to be on as the playoffs approach — the fear of losing finally started to creep into C.H. Flowers junior guard Kyah Proctor’s mind on Thursday night against host Suitland. Turnovers and missed shots were catching up with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars played a sleepy and sluggish brand of basketball through much of the first three quarters, falling behind by 11 points. When the Jaguars finally rallied and tied the game, it was Proctor and junior forward Bianca Brown who quickly banished that fear of snapping their team’s momentum and helped power C.H. Flowers to a narrow 51-48 win.
“It was kind of scary,” Proctor said. “You just have to keep your intensity up and just don’t show it.”
For the first two quarters of Thursday’s game, Proctor, the Jaguars’ leading scorer, hadn’t scored. But early in the third quarter, it was apparent that she was more aggressive. After a defensive rebound by Brown (team-high 15 points), Proctor quickly drove up the court and drew a foul at the basket.
When the Jaguars (16-2, 14-2) went on a 9-2 run to close out the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to 38-35, it was Proctor’s aggressiveness and Brown’s size that helped make a difference.
“I just had to get more focused and work on different things and it all came together,” said Proctor, who finished with 13 points.
Brown and senior guard Lennee Kimbell proved capable rebounding forces against Suitland’s size, combining for 24 rebounds.
With the game tied at 42 with four minutes left, Brown put back a missed shot. C.H. Flowers pulled ahead 46-44 when Proctor drove to the rim and set up junior Charnell Ferguson for a layup. Proctor and Brown each added a key basket in the final two minutes to keep the Jaguars ahead.
“Even though we started off slow, we said we’d never give up and keep up the intensity in the fourth quarter or until the game is over,” Brown said.
Senior guard Tashiana Hill led Suitland (12-6, 11-5) with 16 points.
The win keeps C.H. Flowers in position to nab the No. 2 seed in the Maryland 4A South Region playoffs. The Jaguars have two remaining regular season games — against Bladensburg and Laurel — teams they have already defeated.
Thurday’s win was the second time in three days that the Jaguars needed to come from behind and eke out a victory. On Tuesday, they held off Eleanor Roosevelt, 57-48, in overtime.
“It’s going to help us coming down the road,” C.H. Flowers Coach Patrice Frazier said.