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Largo storms back to stun Williamsport and claim the Maryland 2A state title

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TOWSON, MD. — With the game tied and the clock ticking down to 52 seconds, Chance Graham saw Largo’s title hopes flash before her eyes. Graham, the catalyst of a 16-point second-half comeback, had four fouls and was charging toward Williamsport center Olivia Coleman, who had been left alone under the basket and was rising up for a wide-open lay-in off the inbounds pass.

“I thought I was about to foul out of the game,” Graham said. “I was really scared.”

Graham swatted Coleman’s shot and grabbed the rebound. The senior forward then raced to the other end, absorbed a foul, hit her first free throw and missed her second. Teammate Jocelyn Manning snared the miss, and senior guard Amel Duggin hit two free throws with six seconds left to seal a 59-58 victory at Towson’s SECU Arena. The triumph marked Largo’s third state title and its first since 2007. Continue reading Largo storms back to stun Williamsport and claim the Maryland 2A state title

Potomac (Va.) boys’ basketball hangs on to edge L.C. Bird for second state title in three years

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RICHMOND — Five minutes before tipoff of Wednesday afternoon’s Virginia 5A state championship, Potomac Coach Keith Honore informed his starting point guard that he wasn’t playing. Elyjah Camp sprained his ankle during the Panthers’ quarterfinal against Norview four days earlier, relegating him to limited minutes during a two-point performance in Tuesday’s semifinal.

The junior playmaker begged his coach to at least let him warm up, and Honore eventually changed his mind. The next hour and 45 minutes rendered that one of the best coaching decisions he’s ever made. Continue reading Potomac (Va.) boys’ basketball hangs on to edge L.C. Bird for second state title in three years

Robert Tartt comes up big to help George Mason edge Graham

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For most of Saturday afternoon’s Virginia 2A state quarterfinal at Robinson, George Mason’s best player was rooted to a chair, chained down by foul trouble. Robert Tartt squirmed anxiously with only two points to his name as his teammates let a seemingly insurmountable 17-point lead over Graham melt into a tie game down the stretch.

Tartt promptly picked up his fourth foul near the start of the fourth quarter, but with the plucky visitors from southwest Virginia gaining steam, the unbeaten Mustangs could no longer afford to keep their top scorer on the sideline.

“I felt like I let them down,” Tartt said. “I needed to bring something and show something, especially since the other team was talking and saying I couldn’t do anything. It got me feeling some type of way.” Continue reading Robert Tartt comes up big to help George Mason edge Graham

South County’s defense steps up in Va. 6A North region win over Robinson

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Unbeaten South County rode into Saturday’s 6A North region semifinals on the wings of a high-powered offense that had yet to be slowed in 2015. Through 12 games, the Stallions’ relentless triple-option attack churned out gaudy averages of 43.7 points and 492 yards per outing. No one could keep up.

But when senior cornerback Kofi Bell snared an interception and galloped toward the end zone early in the fourth quarter in Lorton, it became clear that second-ranked South County was riding its unheralded defense to next week’s region championship. Bell and company picked up the slack for an offense that managed just two scores, lifting the Stallions to a 20-15 semifinal victory over No. 20 Robinson.

“We go out and make plays on the field every week, and that’s how it’s always been,” Bell said. “And now it’s finally being recognized.” Continue reading South County’s defense steps up in Va. 6A North region win over Robinson