The Green Hornets girls scrub basketball league for high-school aged girls concluded its fifth and most successful season yet on February 24 when the Mercury outlasted the Mystics 22-21 in the league championship game at Severn School.

The Saturday-afternoon final saw the Mercury rally from an early 9-0 deficit behind six second-half points by Lexi Richardson, three fourth-quarter points by Ella Ryan and five fourth-quarter points by Grace Knight.

Knight swished a short jumper from the wing off an assist from Ryan with 40 seconds left to give the Mercury its winning basket. The Mystics narrowly missed a would-be buzzer-beating game-winner when Paige Gunning’s 17-footer rimmed off the back iron.

The champion Mercury players are Richardson, Ryan, Knight, Connor Craig, Gabrielle Diggs, Emily Knight, Delaney Lee, Kaitlyn McGurk, Heidi Meyers and Julia Ryan, and the team was coached by Stephanie Edmonston and Stacey Ryan.

The Mystics are Gunning, Kate Bray, Ashley Giard, Marina Karides, Ariana Lecouras, Greer Long, Alex Miller, Caroline O’Keefe, Strickland Schumacher and Kayla Shabow and were coached by head coach Heidi Giard and assistant coach Constantina Miller.

The Green Hornets girls scrub league has grown every season since its inception in the 2013-2014 season, when for the first time high-school aged girls in the area were given an opportunity to continue playing rec basketball in a relaxed and fun setting comparable to the popular Green Hornets boys scrub league.