Wicomico takes East crown, 75-57

Class 2A boys basketball

March 03, 2002|By Derek Coleman | Derek Coleman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WYE MILLS - In the first half of last night's Class 2A East Regional championship game, the Edgewood boys basketball team gave top-seeded Wicomico all it could handle.

However, the Rams crumbled in the third quarter, as Wicomico scored 24 points and cruised to a 75-57 victory over the Harford County champions.

The Indians advanced to the 2A state semifinals against North Hagerstown, a 65-59 overtime winner over Middletown, at 7 p.m. Friday at Cole Field House in College Park.

Craig Winder led Wicomico with 16 points, including 14 in the pivotal third quarter. Four other players scored in double figures for the Indians, who improved to 26-0 and claimed their second consecutive 2A East title. Last year, Wicomico fell to Dunbar in the state championship game, 45-43.

Wicomico coach Butch Waller wasn't happy with his team's first-half effort, but he said the Indians came on in the second half.

"We switched defenses around, tried to push their shooters out a little, which worked," Waller said. "They started missing, and we got into our transition game. And once we got the double-digit lead, it was over."

Edgewood, which shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, finished 19-6.

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