It seemed appropriate that Jamee Greenwood provided the late punch for No. 5 Walbrook last night in its 49-47 City-Wide championship win over No. 2 Western.
The 14-year-old freshman wowed the Morgan State crowd with eight fourth-quarter points, including the game-winner with less than a minute left, to help defeat a Doves 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 scored 10 for the game. "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 March 1 against the winner of this weekend's Catholic League tournament. Western (14-1, 19-4) had played in the game the last three seasons following Walbrook's last visit in 1988.
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 Chanel Wright layup with 1:16 left.
"We made a lot of freshmen 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."