Chiefs complete season sweep of Starr’s Mill

McIntosh and Starr’s Mill battled in the second game of their season series affectionately called “Battle of the Bubble.” Both the McIntosh boys and girls teams won, completing the season sweep. All of the McIntosh and Starr’s Mill teams will have a bye entering this week’s region tournament. Photo/Michael Boylan.

The sequel to the Battle of the Bubble (the annual meetings of the boys and girls basketball teams of Starr’s Mill) wasn’t as intense as the first installment. McIntosh’s Lady Chiefs cruised to a 46-27 win over Starr’s Mill and the McIntosh boys defeated Starr’s Mill 58-46, one of the first match-ups between these two schools in recent memory that did not come down to a buzzer beater.

In the girls game, McIntosh built a 17-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and then out scored the Lady Panthers 13-2 in the second quarter, part of a 20-2 run that put the game firmly in control. Gabby Seiler finished with 27 points for the Lady Chiefs, while Amanda Lindsey added nine points and Cassidy Williams added eight points. Starr’s Mill was led by 11 points from Katie Wilson and 10 points from Danielle Garcia.

“We shot the ball like we are capable of tonight,” said McIntosh head coach David Dowse. “We moved well without the ball and our inside folks rebounded well.”

Seiler, who has scored close to 100 points over her last three games, is approaching Jeff Sheppard’s scoring record at McIntosh.

McIntosh’s boys got off to a fast start but five straight free throws from David Watson at the end of the first quarter cut the Chiefs’ lead to 13-12. Some big three-pointers in the second quarter helped build McIntosh’s lead up to nine points at the half and 10 points heading into the final quarter. Starr’s Mill cut the lead back to seven and tensions were mounting but Jordan Lyons hit two straight three-pointers late and sunk two late free throws to lead to the 58-46 win.

Lyons finished with 16 points and Will Washington added 15. The two freshmen have been setting the tone for the McIntosh boys all year.

“Washington played a heck of a game,” said McIntosh head coach Jason Eisele. “He really stepped up and made good decisions.”

Both the McIntosh boys and girls enter the region playoffs this week as the top seeds from the sub-region. McIntosh’s girls finished the regular season at 22-2, their best regular season mark in school history.

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