Germantown, Md. -- It had been nine days since head coach Mike Seney's team had defeated sibling campus CCBC Catonsville 92-53 to win the 2019 National Title IX Holiday Tournament in Washington, D.C. That was the last time the Knights women's basketball team was on the floor for a game.
Nine days can be a long time in sports. It can mess with timing, chemistry, and even routines.
"I wasn't worried," Seney said. "We had a few good days of practice and we came out like I thought we would. Our team was eager to get back out there."
It didn't appear that his squad was worried either, as the Knights continued its conference and regional domination, taking down the Raptors 107-59.
It was also Seney's 89th consecutive win against a Maryland Juco opponent.
Sophomore Mya Moye (Anacostia) had a game and career-high 41 points (14-21, 67% overall), a game-high nine assists and tied for a game-high six steals. She added four rebounds as well.
"Mya has been taking over more and more of the ball handling duties and she's been running with that," Seney said. "Nothing rattles her. She is so poised and that is what [a coach] wants from the guard position."
The Knights (17-2, 3-0 Maryland Juco) took control of the game early.
After failing behind 5-3 at the 7:37 mark, Essex went on a 20-3 run to close out the opening quarter with a 23-8 lead.
CCBC Essex was a bit cold in the second quarter, scoring just 16 points on 5-18 (27.8%) shooting, but held a 39-25 advantage at the break.
Seney and his coaches must have had a great halftime conversation with their student-athletes, as the Knights came out hot in the second half.
The team shot 54.8% (23-42) from the field in the second half, including 57.9% (11.19) in the third quarter alone.
Freshman Kendal Haggerty (Urbana) was the game's second leading scorer with 18 points (6-16) and hit 5-of-15 three-point attempts. She also had five rebounds and two steals.
Freshman Trinity Horton (Chesapeake-Baltimore County) had 16 points on 4-8 (50%) shooting, which included making 3-of-6 three-point attempts. She pulled down eight rebounds as well.
Sophomore Kasey Gagan (St. Raphael Academy) tied Moye with a game-high six steals. The University of Rhode Island transfer added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
The Knights' fifth starter, Rayah Fink (Dover), was one-point shy of a double-double. She finished with nine points, a game-high 10 rebounds and had a game-high two blocks.
CCBC Essex starters averaged just over 32 minutes played and accounted for 97 of the team's 107 points.