While neither team fulfilled their idea of a perfectly successful season, both Chesapeake and Northeast girls’ basketball teams are looking to improve upon their season record Friday night in the first round of the playoffs.
Despite finishing the season 0-22, the Northeast Eagles were given a home game against Centennial on Friday. However, due to renovations being made to the school, the Eagles will host their home game at Chesapeake High School.
Northeast coach Patti Delfs said the team will try to slow down Centennial’s offense, by capitalizing on rebounds in an effort to avoid second chance baskets.
“We are looking to put a lot of pressure on their guards and really work together as a team on defense and keep them to one shot and out,” said Delfs in an email to Patch.
The Eagles are seeing this playoff game as an opportunity to restart their season. All they need is a win to keep playing, and Delfs said the playoffs are a great time to start winning.
“I told [the team] it is a new season,” Delfs said. “They are playing a school that is comparable in size to us (3A). They are excited about the matchup and have nothing to lose. I am hoping they go out there and give it 110 percent.”
The Eagles will tip off Friday at 5 p.m. at Chesapeake High School.
The Cougars have also had their struggles this season, going 2-20 on the year, with both of their wins against Northeast. However, the Cougars are also using the playoffs as an opportunity for a fresh start.
Chesapeake has already faced the Glen Burnie Gophers twice this season, both times resulted in losses for the Cougars, but coach Melanie Herget is hoping the third time will yield different results.
“The girls are confident,” said Herget in an email. “They know we have played Glen Burnie close both times this year and that it's very difficult for a team to beat someone three times in a year. So the third time is our charm.”
When the two teams met earlier in the season, Chesapeake lost by a total of four and seven points, respectively. This time they will look to shut down some of the Gophers key players.
“We are working and concentrating on stopping their leading scorer Mia Carr—she's averaging 16 points against us in two games,” Herget said. “Also we are concentrating on our offense and the options we have within our offense and also taking care of the basketball and boxing out.”
Chesapeake will tip off at Glen Burnie at 7 p.m. Friday.