Woodlawn handed toughest loss, 59-58

Springbrook pulls it out against No. 4 Warriors

Class 4A boys basketball

High Schools

March 12, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Looking for a win that would have meant a shot at its first state title, Woodlawn came up just short last night by missing a last-second shot and losing to Springbrook of Montgomery County, 59-58, in a Class 4A state semifinal at Comcast Center.

The No. 4-ranked Warriors (22-4), making their first trip to the final four since 1989 and their fourth overall, entered the game with an 18-game winning streak, having beaten Lake Clifton by two points in the regional championship game on a buzzer-beater tip-in by Brandon Carr.

Carr, Woodlawn's 6-foot-7 forward, hit a turnaround hook shot with 1:21 to play to tie it at 58.

Woodlawn had the ball with 37 seconds left after Springbrook's Folarin Campbell hit one of two free throws to put the Blue Devils ahead by one point.

The Warriors then ran the clock down to 11 seconds to work for the final shot, but Lance Fuller's runner in the lane rolled off the rim and Springbrook rebounded the ball as time ran out.

"We were in almost the same situation against Lake Clifton in the regional championship game and we felt comfortable we could get a good shot," said Woodlawn coach Eddie Green, Jr. "We executed perfectly, but this time the ball just didn't roll in."

Woodlawn's only previous losses were to three teams ranked by The Washington Post - No. 6 Magruder, No. 9 National Christian and No. 12 Spalding. Springbrook had also lost to Magruder, but had beaten Magruder twice.

Springbrook (24-3) scored the game's first nine points and dominated physically early.

"This was our first time to the show and we just got our jitters out," said Green.

Carr rallied the Warriors from a 21-11 deficit after one quarter by scoring six second-quarter points and finishing the first half with six rebounds. Jason Goode was also strong in the opening half, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds. He finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

"We could have come out stronger," said Carr, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. "But this was our first time on a college court."

Five turnovers slowed Woodlawn in that first quarter, as did 3-for-11 shooting. The Warriors were helped by three-point baskets from Lance Fuller and Keith Mallory.

"We had a wonderful season," said Carr.

W-Mallory 11, Goode 15, Carr 16, Brown 6, Fuller 10. Totals 23 10-13 58.

S-Brookins 11, Russell 5, Woodland 5, Norris 6, Campbell 28, Brewster 4. Totals 19 17-22 59. Half: S, 31-29.

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