After earning a first-round bye, girls basketball team faces Severna Park Monday night in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) regional quarterfinals.
The game will be the Seahawks’ first step towards a state title and after going 18-4 in all competitions, head coach Mike Zivic has one message for his girls.
“Refuse to lose.”
That’s been the motto for Zivic and his squad as they approached the playoffs. The Seahawks only lost twice to county opponents, losing 85-65 at home to Meade High and 50-42 at home against . However, Zivic told Patch he knows what needs to be done in order to push his team further into the playoffs.
He said Severna Park is a "very well-rounded team. They get up and down the floor. They have post players that shoot the ball very well.”
With stellar guard play, the Seahawks feel they can keep up with Severna Park, but play down in the post will be crucial to victory, Zivic said.
Post players “need to ‘bring it’ in the playoffs,” he said.
beat the Falcons twice during the regular season, but Zivic said the playoffs are a whole new ballgame.
“Games are closer and every possession is important. Most games are determined by four or five possessions,” he said.
Zivic is hoping his team’s chemistry and long-lasting relationship with one another will help lead the Seahawks to victory as well.
“I love this time of year. I’m a competitor and I hate to lose,” Zivic said. “Four of my starters have been together for three years and understand each other. They want to win for each other.”
Severna Park will come to Edgewater after defeating non-conference opponent Leonardtown High in the first round of the playoffs. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the South River High gymnasium. The girls will look to avoid getting knocked out in their first playoff game like .
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