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Seneca Valley Tops Westminster, 54-48, to Advance in Playoffs

The Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles entered Monday night’s second round 3A West playoff match up against Westminster Senior High School riding a nine-game win streak. The Eagles were rested after earning a first-round bye in the regional tournament. Seneca Valley defeated Westminster 54-48, thanks to third-quarter point production from junior Brandon Simpson and senior Quentin Twyman.

The 8-11 Westminster Owls earned the 32 mile/51 minute trip from Carroll County to Germantown after defeating Damascus 42-38 last Friday night in the opening round of the playoffs. The Owls brought their A-game to Seneca Valley and stymied the Eagles in the early going with hard-nosed defense and opportunistic shooting.

Seneca came out shooting the long ball but with only sporadic success. The Eagles took a very early lead, but the Westminster was able to knuckle-down and hold Seneca’s offense to just 10 points in the first quarter. The Owls led 11-10 after the first quarter.

The Westminster defense clamped down in the second quarter and only allowed Seneca Valley to score eight points. Seneca scored just two field goals, including a three-pointer from Tyran Crawford, in the second quarter.

“They had a real good game plan and kind of sagged everything off,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey. “We forced some shots early in the game, and we missed a couple right at the basket. We held them to 22 points in the first half, but scoring only 18 is not something that we want.”

The Eagles came alive in the third as they were able to get senior big-man Quentin Twyman more involved in the office. Twyman had eight of his 11 points in the third quarter. Twyman combined with junior Brandon Simpson, who led all scorers with 23 points, to stake Seneca Valley with an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Simpson hit two three-pointers from the left corner to help the Eagles get control of the game.