COLLEGE PARK – The ride is over for the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr.’s boys’ basketball team.
The Pumas fell to Quince Orchard in the semifinals of the 4A tournament, 55-52. The loss ends Wise’s season with a 21-1 record.
Darron Barnes led the way for the locals with 20 points and eight rebounds. Michael Speight added 14 points.
The Cougars (24-2) were paced by Johnny Fierstein and his 17 points and eight rebounds.
Each team had nine turnovers in the game. The difference came in the points off of those turnovers. Orchard turned their nine turnovers into 16 points, while the Pumas converted theirs into just seven.
The Potomac boys (18-7) advanced to the state finals in the 3A bracket with its 66-59 victory over Seneca Valley.
Travis Henson was the man once again for the Wolverines, as he finished with 22 points (9-of-13 shooting), seven rebounds and three blocks. Teammate Ryle Burley helped out with 12 points and eight boards.
Seneca Valley (24-2) was led by Brandon Simpson, who poured in a game-high 26 points and snagged 13 rebounds.
The game was close (two point Potomac lead) heading into the fourth quarter, but that was then the Wolverines outscored the Screaming Eagles 21-16. Potomac also got a big help from its bench and out-paced Seneca Valley 21-2.
Potomac will play Baltimore Poly in the state championship on March 11 at 3 p.m.
Walt Whitman put an end to Eleanor Roosevelt’s girls’ season, as the Wildcats won 49-43.
Abby Myers was the lead cat for Whitman (23-4) with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Roosevelt’s star, Octavia Wilson, was limited to just 14 points on 3-of-12 shooting. She grabbed 14 rebounds to end her career with a double-double. Teammates Ashia McCalla (15 points) and Nia Scott (10 points) scored in double figures as well.
Walt Whitman jumped out early and took a 27-14 lead into halftime. Roosevelt fought back with a 13-6 third quarter, but could not make up any more ground in the fourth.
Free throws were the difference in the Frederick-Oxon Hill girls’ 3A semifinal contest.
Frederick (26-2) outscored Oxon Hill 34-7 at the free throw line and cruised to a 69-38 victory.
The Lady Warriors connected on 34-of-42 free throw attempts while the Lady Clippers made just 7-of-14.
The only player to score in double figures for Oxon Hill was Iyanna Warren, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Makayla Daniels led the way for Frederick with 29 points and six boards.
Oxon Hill ends its great season with a 21-5 record.