Cambridge rallies, ousts Southern-AA in overtime

March 04, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

WYE MILLS, MD — WYE MILLS, Md. -- Cambridge-South Dorchester staged a furious rally in the final 2:50 to overcome a 12-point deficit en route to a 78-70 overtime victory last night against Southern-Anne Arundel in a Class 2A, East Region semifinal at Chesapeake College.

Sophomore Hanee Camper's layup with 17 seconds left i regulation capped a 12-0 run by the Vikings and sent the game into overtime tied at 63. Eleven fourth-period turnovers hurt Southern.

Cambridge sank eight consecutive free throws in the last 39 seconds of overtime for the final margin.

Grayson Hurley, who is in his 12th season as Cambridge coach, said his Vikings were "very lucky to win. Our kids were fighting for their life and really went after it."

Southern never trailed until overtime, and held a 57-47 lead at the end of three quarters. A lay-in by Eddie Paddy (14 points) with just under three minutes left gave Southern a 12-point lead at 63-51.

Camper (16 points) sank a free throw with 2:50 to go for the first of 12 unanswered points and his third of seven points in the crucial period.

"I blame myself for letting them get back in the game," said Southern coach Tom Albright. "They changed to that full-court press, got us into a lot of traps and we didn't adjust."

The Vikings' full-court press forced the 11 turnovers and shifted the momentum to their side.

Camper and Tori Willis, one of just four Vikings seniors, scored the last eight points of the comeback. The first basket by Willis (12 points) proved to be the result of one of the biggest plays in the game.

Holding a 63-55 lead with 1:33 left in regulation, Southern attempted an alley-oop that backfired after Albright had told his team during a timeout to slow it down.

"That hurt, but really not practicing yesterday [school was closed] might have hurt us more. They [Cambridge] got to practice," said Albright.

Willis started the scoring in the extra period with a left-handed lay-in and followed with a three-pointer to make it 68-63 before Chatney Howard (team-high 19 points) broke the 16-0 run (including end of regulation) with a basket.

Howard cut it to 68-67 with 1:20 left, but Camper drove the lane for two and James Chester (team-high 17 points) hit two from the line for a 72-67 lead with 39 seconds left.

Corey Contee's third three-pointer with 31 seconds left put Southern within two at 72-70. The Bulldogs put Cambridge on the line, where they hit six in a row to ice it.

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