It was a playoff double-header in Coyote Canyon Friday night, and Clarksburg faithful were rewarded with both their boys and girls team earning victories in the opening round of the playoffs. The evening began with the boys whipping Wootton 63-56 and ended with the Lady Coyotes eliminating Northwest from the post-season with a 76-58 victory.
The gym was packed as the 14-8 Coyotes took on 9-11 Wootton Patriots in a nip and tuck game for the first half of action. Clarksburg’s senior standout, and Loyola University commit, Andrew Kostecka had 10 of his total 22 points in the first half to lead all scorers. His early output allowed the Coyotes to take a four point, 30-26 lead into the break. Kostecka shot six from the field and made 10 or 13 from the line. He had 10 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Junior Michael Winterburn added 14 points for the Coyotes, making 7 of 8 from the line. Fellow junior Ian Krishnan finished with 10 points in the win.
The Patriots stayed with the Coyotes in the third, cutting the Clarksburg lead to three, 43-40 but were unable to make up ground in fourth as Clarksburg’s foul shooting and defense allowed the Coyotes to extend their lead. The Coyotes made 12 of 17 foul shots down the stretch to secure the victory.
The Patriots were lead by freshman Kevin Ayissi-Etoh, who had 12 points, all in the second half, and junior Will Quam who added 11 points. Senior Jack Smith and junior Chinguun Endensuren both added 9 points in a losing effort.
The Coyotes improve to 15-8 on the season and will play 20-2 Quince Orchard in what will be the rubber match of the series on Monday in Darnestown. The Coyotes won the first meeting this season back in January 59-56, and the rematch on February 17 was a barnburner with the Cougars coming out on top 65-61 in overtime. Monday’s matchup promises to be an epic game.
The second half of the playoff doubleheader saw the 15-7 Lady Coyotes hosting the 8-12 Lady Jags from Northwest and the Clarksburg fans that stuck around were not disappointed. The Lady Coyotes defeated the Jags 76-58.
The Lady Coyotes had four players in double-digits and were led by senior Kaylan Jackson, who had 21 points. Fellow seniors Jamiere Jefferies added 16, Gabby Haddad finished with 14 points, and Phylicia McInnis had 11 points.
Northwest finished with three players in double-digits, senior Daija Black led the Lady Jags with 17 points, followed by juniors Alexis Mack with 12 points, and Mariah Ellis with 11 points.
The Lady Jags ended the season with an 8-13 record, which is a vast improvement over last year’s winless 2014-2015 campaign.
The Lady Coyotes will also travel to play Quince Orchard; the girls will play Tuesday, March 1. Again this third meeting between Clarksburg and QO will be the rubber match of the season series and promises to be a good one. The Lady Coyotes defeated the Lady Cougars in January 65-59 in Clarksburg, but the Cougars were victorious back on Feb. 17 by a slim two-point margin, 67-65.
Top: Clarksburg’s Stephen Armstrong (23) shoots a short-ranger jumper as the packed Coyote student section cheers. Armstrong would have six points in the playoff victory.
Next: Andrew Kostecka (14) attempts to dribble-penetrate against Wootton’s Paul LaValle (15). Kostecka would have 22 points in the game.
Next: Clarksburg’s Stephan Hamilton (1) skies to the hoop.
Next: The Coyote’s Jeff McInnis (0) dunks for one of his four points in the game.
Next: The Lady Coyote’s Jamiere Jefferies (2) drives for one of her 16 points in the victory.
Next: Northwest’s Mariah Ellis (2) twists in an attempt to add to her point total. She would finish with 11 points.
Next: Clarksburg’s Kaylan Jackson (3) lays in two of her 17 points in the playoff win.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.