Senior Bukowski scores 18 as the Mustangs close the regular season with a 41-28 victory at Aberdeen
by Gary Adornato
On a night when its offensive consistency came and went, the C. Milton Wright defense never wavered, Thursday evening, as the No. 20 Mustangs went on the road to defeat Aberdeen, 41-28, in the regular season finale for both teams.
C. Milton Wright (18-2 overall) completed a perfect season in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division, taking the title with a perfect 12-0 league record and senior Sydney Bukowski was the key.
Bukowski scored eight first quarter points, as the Mustangs took an early 10-3 lead, and finished with a game-high 18 points. Bukowski was also a force on the defensive end and on the glass. She completed a double-double with 12 rebounds and added seven blocked shots.
“We wanted to win this game,” said Bukowski. “We have built our energy this whole entire season, just to be UCBAC champions, and working together we definitely deserve this win.”
CMW head coach Becky Datko had plenty of praise for her senior center.
“Sydney Bukowski came through in a big way,” said Datko. “She got big in the post. She made those tough shots. People were hanging on her, but she put it in the hole.”
C. Milton Wright scored the first five points of the second quarter to take a 15-3 lead and it led 22-11 at the half. Both teams were sluggish in the third quarter, scoring just four points each, but the Mustangs also scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to basically put the game out of reach with a 32-15 lead.
Datko also talked about the defensive strategy which stymied Aberdeen.
“We wanted to go in and slow Aberdeen’s game down,” said Datko. “They are a fast team. They like that fast-break and the zone worked for us in the first game we played them. I think playing a 2-3 zone took them out of their game plan and it slowed them down. They are not used to taking shots out of a zone.”
Moriah Snyder, Aubrey Hoover and Sydney Frank combined for 16 points to support Bukowski’s efforts.
“This has been the best season of my four years at the school,” add Bukowski. “As a team, we’ve worked really well together and it’s been the best one so far.”
Jaelyne scored 12 points to lead Aberdeen (17-3 overall, 9-3 UCBAC Chesapeake) and Tristan Deveaux added eight points for the Eagles.
“It’s amazing,” said Datko of her team’s undefeated journey through the league. “It’s an amazing feeling. This is my first time and I think its the girls’ first time and it’s quite an accomplishment for them. They worked really hard. They are very focused. They deserve this.”
NO. 20 C. MILTON WRIGHT 41, ABERDEEN 28
CMW 10 12 4 15 — 41
ABER 3 8 4 13 — 28
C. MILTON WRIGHT: Latasha Prahter 3, Sydney Bukowski 18, Taylor Marchetti 4, Moriah Snyder 6, Aubrey Hoover 5, Sydney Frank 5. TOTALS: 15 10-17 41.
ABERDEEN: Tatian Gibson 4, Anija Stancell 2, Jaelyne Deveaux 12, Asha Thomas 2, Tristan Deveaux 8. TOTALS: 11 6-13 28.