When their season came down to the wire, the Dulaney Lions looked to Albert Smith. He delivered.
Smith, played man-to-man all evening by four different players, scored a game high 25 points, as second-seeded and host Dulaney (18-5) defeated third-seeded Woodlawn (14-8), 45-43, in Class 4A, Region I semifinal.
The Lions will travel to Quince Orchard, a 35-31 winner against Seneca Valley, in the other semifinal, Friday night for the regional championship.
Trent Thames led Woodlawn with 15 points.
"[Smith] really came to play tonight," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris. "I thought we did a good job on him, but he still got his points."
Smith scored seven of the Lions' first nine points in the first
quarter. He was held to only seven in the second, and the Lions could not shake Woodlawn, which led 21-20 at the half.
Woodlawn took a four-oint lead, 28-24, with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third quarter, but Smith scored the next five points to give the Lions a 29-28 lead. The teams finished the quarter tied at 31, but Dulaney scored six of the next seven points, four by Smith to take a 37-32 lead. Woodlawn then rallied, using two Larry Bacon 15-footers and a Barry Samuels three-pointer to tie the game at 39 with 3:10 left.
Corey Jones and Brad Midgett scored to put Dulaney up by four with 2:05 left, but Woodlawn's Thames hit a three-pointer and one of two free throws to tie the game at 43. Smith was fouled on the next play, and hit both free throws to give the Lions a two-point lead with 1:04 left. A Woodlawn shot to tie was wide with 41 seconds left.
The Warriors had a chance to win with :02 seconds remaining after Dulaney missed the front end of a one-and-one, but a Thames half-court shot missed.