No. 13 Pikesville pounds Catonsville; freshman Jarrett scores 28 (VIDEO HERE!)

by Demetrius Dillard

Amori Jarrett said Pikesville High girls basketball team has focused more on chemistry and shooting in practice.

It showed Wednesday. The 13th-ranked Panthers put together an impressive showing, routing No. 16 Catonsville, 58-35 in a Baltimore County match.

Jarrett, a freshman guard, finished with 28 points including six 3-pointers for Pikesville (10-4 overall), and Jayda Maylas contributed 15 points and three rebounds. Ashley Dickey had 13 points for Catonsville (13-3).

The Panthers led by 22 points at halftime in a matchup of the last Baltimore County champions. Pikesville dropped 10 3-pointers Wednesday.

“Creating shots for each other,” was the key Jarrett said.

“We do this during practice; we always create shots for each other and play together. We just got really good chemistry,” she added.

“We’ve been shooting the ball really well. We’ve been getting up a lot of shots and work in practice, and it looks like it’s really starting to pay off,” said Pikesville coach Mike Dukes. “This second half of the season we’re shooting the ball a lot better than we shot in the first half of the season so we feel like things are coming together now.”

The Labyrinth Road school moved the ball around the perimeter for quality looks and matched that effort on the defensive end. Pikesville built a 27-8 lead after the first as Jarrett scored 10. She had 19 at intermission.

Dukes was pleased with his team’s defense against Dickey. Pikesville won the league title in 2020 and 2019, but a three-peat appears unlikely, sitting second behind Hereford in Division I. The Bulls defeated Pikesville earlier in the season.

Wednesday’s victory was a promising sign for the Panthers with the state playoffs approaching. Pikesville won the Class 1A state championship in 2019 and reached the 1A state final four in 2020 (rest of tournament was canceled due to COVID-19).

Catonsville, which went back-to-back as county champs in 2017 (won first state title) and 2018, didn’t have senior Melissa Massimmi Wednesday. The Comets got off to a promising start before things quickly detoriated.

“Every facet of the game we were outplayed, so what can I say?” he said. “I give all the props to Pikesville. They’re a really good team, they run their stuff well, they’re good athletes, they’re good basketball players and they just came out and crushed us.”

No. 13 Pikesville 58, No. 16 Catonsville 35

Catonsville – Dickey 13, Johnson 8, Vacin 4, Altmann 3, Bartlet 3, Offer 2, Howard 2. 14 3-10 35.

Pikesville – Jarrett 28, Maylas 15, Hill 4, Frazier 3, Weems 2, Bowen 2, Taylor 2, Moore 2. 21 6-7 58.

Catonsville 8 10 4 13 – 35

Pikesville 27 13 14 4 – 58