Digital Harbor’s game plan against Bel Air? Give the ball to junior Infiniti Alston.
Bel-Air was unprepared and undersized for the 6-5 center, who scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, most of which came in the first half of the Lady Rams’ 79-31 victory on Monday.
The game started with three quick Digital Harbor baskets, and the Lady Rams took an early double-digit lead as Alston made her presence known, scoring nine in the first quarter.
The second quarter started with senior Antawnye Parks draining a 3-pointer from the corner and junior Jaida Scarborough hitting an almost identical shot, but with her foot on the line for two points. Parks scored eight before the half and finished with 14.
Up 33-10 late in the second quarter, a block by junior Alexis Harrison got the raucous crowd even more excited. The Lady Rams used the play to increase the momentum and the tempo, and they added more steals and fast breaks to go into halftime with a 45-12 lead.
After a loss on Saturday to Riverdale Baptist, the fifth ranked team in the nation, the Lady Rams were eager to get back on the court and prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with.
“We had a lot to play for, especially coming off of that tough loss on Saturday night,” said Alston, a Penn State commit.
“This was the first game of the season, the first step to us winning a state championship.”
After a win and a loss over the weekend, the 2-1 Rams face a tough schedule after moving up to a stacked 3A North conference.
The team knows that the competition will only get tougher down the road, and they are already preparing.
“We need to improve on our communication skills as a whole, but we’ll only get better as the season goes on,” Parks said.
—Hasani Evans is a student at Digital Harbor High School. The Baltimore Guide is pleased to feature outstanding work by students in the community.
by Hasani Evans
Special to the Baltimore Guide