Seneca Valley fell to Sherwood Monday night, 67-59, in an entertaining and spirited effort which saw four lead changes. The Screaming Eagles were challenging the visiting 4A Warriors all game, but an inability to convert free-throws and penchant for turnovers were the Eagles undoing.
Early in the game, Seneca served noticed to the Warriors that this would not be an easy ride to victory. After Sherwood had staked themselves to 5-0 lead early, Seneca stormed back to outscore Sherwood 18-14 in the first quarter, thanks in large part to senior Brandon Simpson’s eight-point output in the first period. He would end the game with 25 points to lead all scorers.
Simpson shot seven field goals and three from beyond the arc but was just two-for-seven from the foul line. Senior Quentin Twyman also had 16 points, off seven field goals and was two-for-five from the charity stripe.
But in the end, Sherwood’s more consistent free-throws put them over the top. The Warriors were 18-for-33 converting 55 percent from the line, compared to Seneca Valley’s 13-for-31, which is just 42 percent.
Seneca has opened their 2015-2016 season playing some perennial basketball powerhouses and has notched a win over 2-2 Bethesda-Chevy Chase, but fallen to 4-0 Springbrook and Sherwood.
“It is a great test,” said Head Coach Brian Humphrey of the Eagles’ tough early schedule. “Our region is very difficult, so it is nice to get some tough games at the beginning of the season. I don’t like to lose, the guys don’t like to lose, but playing good competition makes you better, and that is really what is important. It allows you to fine tune things and be ready for when February comes and the playoffs.”
“We were up and down tonight,” said Humphrey of his team’s effort on Monday. “We were too inconsistent. Too many turnovers. We missed a whole lot of free throws. When we game-planned, we talked about staying on shooters and not over-helping defensively, and we did that pretty well. In the end, they are a good team, and they were better than us tonight.”
Sherwood had three players in double-digits lead senior Shawn Bliss and sophomore Kamari Williams, who both finished with 16 points. Of Bliss’ 16 points, nine came off three-pointers. He was also five-of-six from the line. Williams’ 16 came as a result of four field goals and two from behind the arc. He was also two-for-two from the line.
The Eagles fought back from deficits three times in the game, but in the fourth quarter could not retake the lead after tying the game at 50 with 6:19 remaining. At this point, the Warriors were able to outscore the Eagles 10-3 down the stretch to secure the victory.
Seneca Valley will host 1-2 Rockville on Wednesday at 7:15 pm in Germantown. The Rams are coming off their first victory of the season over Norwood, 62-54, after losses to Blake and Magruder.
Top: Seneca’s Kareem Matthew (4) and Sherwood’s Chris West (1) go to the floor for a loose ball during Monday’s hard-fought game. Sherwood won 67-59.
Next: Junior guard Tyran Crawford (5) goes to the hoop while defended by Sherwood’s Sean Saintelus (5) and Elijah Mills (3).
Next: Seneca’s Terry Milburne (23) looks for options along the baseline.
Next: Junior Brandon Simpson (3) shoots a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to cut into the Warrior lead.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.