By Kevin O’Rourke
Seneca Valley came to play on Wednesday night as they avenged an early season loss to Northwood. The Screaming Eagles beat the Gladiators 70-38 in a game that was all Seneca Valley.
A little over a month ago, on December 22, Seneca Valley travelled to Division 3A/2A rival Northwood and lost 78-67.
Wednesday night in the gym in Germantown all memory of that first game was erased as the Eagles defense did not let up a field-goal to Northwood for the first 9 minutes and 58 seconds of the game. Northwood’s only points in the first quarter came off three foul shots. Seneca Valley led 21-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwood finally put a layup in with 6:02 remaining in the second quarter.
Northwood came into tonight’s game with a 4-8 record, 3-3 in the Division, but Seneca Valley’s tough defense shut them down early in the game. Seneca’s Deonte Nelson shut down Northwood’s top scorer, Jauvenel Leveill, Jr., holding him to just one field goal all game. Leveill, Jr. began the scoring in the game making the first part of one-and-one from the foul line, but ended with just three points. Nelson finished the night with six points.
“We worked on a lot of things to improve our team defense,” said Head Coach Brian Humphrey, “and the guys played really well tonight I am proud of them.”
The Screamin’ Eagles didn’t look back. Led by Will Craig’s 21 points and 16 rebounds, Seneca Valley extended their advantage to 40 points and lead 64-24 early in the fourth quarter.
Junior forward Quentin Twyman had 18 points, and 11 rebounds. He was six-four-eight from the foul line.
With the game well in hand, Craig and Twyman sat out most of the final quarter.
Seneca Valley got points of the bench late in the game from Tyran Crawford who had six points and Tre’van Mitchell who had four points. Jae Hyun Jang also contributed a bucket.
Northwood was led by Cameron Rucker, who had 15 points.
The Screamin’ Eagles even their overall record to 6-6, but at 6-2 they sit atop the division. Seneca has a tough stretch with division games at, 2-9, Watkins Mill Thursday Night, (The game was rescheduled due to the snow day earlier this week.) On Friday, Seneca Valley will host division rival, 5-6, Einstein. Next week, the Eagles will host Rockville on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The game that many have circled on the calendar is an away game at Wheaton next Friday, Feb. 6. Wheaton also sits at the top end of the 3A/2A Division with a division record of 5-2 coming into Wednesday night’s games.
"We will try to take it one game at time and try to continue to play good defense," said Humphrey.
Top: Junior guard Deonte Nelson (1) sets up a play in the first half of Seneca Valley’s 70-38 victory on Wednesday night.
Next: Quention Twyman (10) shoots free throws in Seneca Valley’s win. He was six-for-eight from the line, finishing with 18 points.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.