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Gritty Seneca Valley Falls to Linganore in Regional Championship But Restores Pride

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By Kevin O’Rourke

Midnight comes for every Cinderella and for the Seneca Valley boys basketball team, midnight came in the form of Linganore’s Jack Staub who didn’t strike 12 times, he struck 34 times.

Staub’s 34 point performance propelled Linganore to the Final Four in the Maryland 3A State Championship Tournament.

The Eagles from Germantown travelled up the hill to Linganore High School in Frederick County, to face the Lancers on Monday night. In a hard fought game which had momentum swings and defensive stands and a capacity crowd, the Lancers came out on top.

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Early in the first quarter Seneca Valley had a case of the yips, and seemed to have trouble maintaining control of the ball on offense. An aggressive Linganore defense took advantage and ripped off 12 points to go up 12-4, and the large and loud and pro Linganore home crowd had the gym rocking.

Staub would score 10 points in the opening eight minutes, and the combination of the excitement of the crowd and the quick scoring, made it seem like the young Eagles team was about to be run out of the gym. After a timeout and a quick refocusing by Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey, Seneca would settle down and end the quarter down eight points, 19-11.

The boys from Germantown didn’t fold and go home. They did what they had done all season long.

They shrugged it off when last year’s record made everybody overlook them. They worked hard when they lost their first four games of the season.