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Lady Coyotes Hold Off Gaithersburg to Make History

The four senior starting seniors on the Clarksburg Coyotes Girls Basketball team made history Thursday night, and they have sophomore Phylicia McInnis to thank for it.

Sure the starting seniors, Ciara Wright, Jamiere Jefferies, Kaylan Jackson, and Gabby Haddad played very well against Gaithersburg in the 4A West sectional playoff game, but it was McInnis who sealed the victory finally making a foul shot to put the Lady Coyotes up by four with 1.6 seconds remaining.

That foul shot, which came on the back-end of a two-shot foul propelled the Lady Coyotes to the 4A West Regional Championship game for the first time in school history. They will play Whitman at 3:30 pm on Saturday. In a quirk of fate, the Clarksburg boys team will also be playing Whitman at 1:00 pm on Saturday, as they too play for the 4A West Regional Championship. Both games will be played at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

Indeed, it has been a magical post-season for Clarksburg basketball, with both teams playing and beating the same schools since the second round. The Clarksburg Basketball Program has bounced Quince Orchard and Gaithersburg from post-season play and hopes to continue the trend against Whitman on Saturday.

Unlike, Tuesday’s dismantling of Quince Orchard, the Lady Coyotes victory over Gaithersburg was not without its worrisome moments.

After jumping out to an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, many in the Clarksburg gym were looking forward to another post-season blow-out. But, Gaithersburg’s Celine Herndon exploded for 16 of her total 27 points in the second quarter. Including four buckets from behind the three-point arc. Clarksburg took a slim two-point, 29-27 lead in the locker at halftime.

Although Gaithersburg never would rest control of the lead, the Lady Trojans pushed Clarksburg throughout the second half. The Lad