No. 5 Walbrook got a late lift from 14-year-old freshman Jamee Greenwood last night in upsetting No. 2 Western, 49-47, for the City-Wide championship.
Greenwood wowed the Morgan State crowd with eight fourth-quarter points, including the game-winner with less than a minute left, to help defeat a Western team that has started as many as four freshmen during the season.
With the score tied, 47-47, and 32 seconds left in regulation, Greenwood drove the baseline and pulled up for a 10-footer that gave the Warriors their final margin of victory.
"I was kind of tensed up and scared," said Greenwood, a native of Arkansas, who finished with 10 points. "I knew that shot decided whether we won or lost. I've been in some big games before, but nothing like this."
With the win, Walbrook (15-0, 18-1) earned the right to represent the City-Wide league in the Metro Classic on March 1 against Catholic League champ St. Mary's. Western (14-1, 19-4) had played in the game the past two seasons following Walbrook's last visit in 1989.
Said Walbrook coach Pete Connally: "We figured that this year was the year we could take them, since they're so young. I don't consider this an upset. I think we have the best team in the state."
After a sloppy first half, which ended with Western leading, 22-21, the intensity picked up in the second half.
Western scored six of the first eight points in the second half to lead, 28-23, before Walbrook got back on track. During the next 2:52, the Warriors, led by 6-foot-6 center Tabitha Chambers (14 points, 21 rebounds) ran off nine straight points to take a 32-30 lead near the end of the quarter.
They led by as many as six in the fourth quarter before the Doves tied the game at 47 on a layup by Chanel Wright with 1:16 left.
"We made a lot of freshman mistakes," said Western coach Breezy Bishop, whose team committed 21 turnovers. "We made mental errors, and Walbrook hung tough. When Walbrook and Western meet, the rankings go out the window."