Howard falls, 38-36 Girls Class 3A semifinals

March 12, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Lindsay Seawright scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and her Walt Whitman Vikings, after taking control over Howard in the fourth quarter, survived a last-minute comeback and escaped with a 38-36 victory in a Class 3A state semifinal last night at UMBC.

Seawright, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, showed the fourth-seeded Lions why she is headed to Wake Forest on a basketball scholarship.

Offensively, she was unstoppable in the low post. Defensively, she led an assault on the boards that was too much for the smaller Lions (19-7).

Seawright nearly out-rebounded the Lions on her own. Howard had 20 rebounds and Whitman had 33.

The Vikings (23-2) needed Seawright in the clutch. Howard, which went scoreless for nine minutes in the second half and trailed 34-27 after a hook shot by Seawright with 3:52 left, came alive with a 9-2 run that tied the score at 36 on a turnaround, baseline jumper by Sharon Ford with 33 seconds left.

Seawright then made a layup for the game-winner with 25 seconds left. She also rejected Mona Jackson's shot with eight seconds left, her fourth block, to secure the win.

"I didn't have the opportunity to see them, Howard, during the season but that is one good basketball team," said Whitman coach Kerry Ward. The Vikings will go after their first state championship tomorrow at 8 p.m. against Bladensburg.

Howard made its first trip to the state tournament.

Camille Powell wound up a fine four-year career with a typical effort. She scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and added five steals and three assists. Ford led the Lions with 12 points. Jackson had eight points and four rebounds.

Courtney Gaine added 11 points and four assists for Whitman. Molly Hughes had eight points and six assists.

The first half was a defensive dogfight, as Howard frustrated Whitman with a 1-3-1 zone, while the Vikings dominated the jTC boards. Thanks to Ford, who made three of her first four shots, the Lions went into the second period in a 9-9 tie.

Whitman took the biggest lead of the half when Seawright followed up her miss with a layup to make it 17-13 with 4:19 left. But Powell hit a pair of 10-foot jumpers and Ford banked in a short jumper to put Howard on top 21-19. Seawright scored a layup with 40 seconds left to tie it as 21 at intermission.

Howard's offense went in a shell in the third period. The Lions managed just three points, and Whitman took 29-24 lead on two baseline shots by Hughes. Then, when Seawright made a hook shot with 3:52 left to make it 34-27, the Lions looked dead.

But Howard came back. Tresa Silcott hit a three-pointer to close the gap to 34-30 with 1:56 left. Over the next 80 seconds, Ford hit a turnaround jumper, Moore scored her first basket of the night and Ford sank a difficult baseline shot to make it 36-36 with 33 seconds left.

Seawright then broke the Lions one last time, and Howard's season ended on Powell's desperation shot from 30 feet.

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