Clarksburg’s Playoff Double-Header Ends Coyotes’ Basketball Dreams
After an inspiring run to the finals of 4A West playoffs, the Clarksburg boys and girls teams season ended Saturday as both teams were unable to get past Whitman and make it to the Maryland State semi-finals. Both teams played a playoff double-bill at Montgomery Blair High School on March 5.
The boys gave Whitman all they could handle taking the 17-9 Vikings into overtime, but coming up just one heartbreaking point short 62-61.
Whitman jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks in part to nine points, including two three-pointers from senior Shaq Diboti-Lobe, but the Coyotes were able to battle back to trail by just four 17-13, thanks to two three-balls from junior Ian Krishnan and one from fellow junior Michael Winterburn.
The teams would maintain that spread by the end of the third with each team scoring 12 in the second quarter.
After the half, the Coyotes came out and stepped up their defense and held the Vikings to just eight points in the third, while going on a 16 to 8 run, thanks in large part to two more long-range jumpers from the behind the three-point arc from Krishnan. He would finish with five three-balls and 17 points in the game. The Coyotes would take the lead, 36-35 for the first time with four minutes left in the third.
The Coyotes would hold the lead for much of the fourth quarter, until 55 seconds remaining when Whitman’s Dihoti-Lobe would sink two free throws to give the Vikings the lead 55-53. Whitman would extend the lead to 59-56 with 14 seconds remaining.
It would be Clarksburg’s senior guard, Andrew Kostecka, who would step up and drain a three-point shot to send the game into overtime tied at 59 apiece. Kostecka would end his Clarksburg career with 22 points in his last game.
The in the five-minute overtime period senior Jeff McInnis would be fouled on a two-point shot which would fall in giving the Coyotes a 61-59 lead with 2:19 remaining in the extra period.
With 1:32 left in the overtime, Whitman’s Dihoti-Lobe would hit a three-point dagger that would deliver to game to the Vikings sending them into the Maryland State Semi-Finals. Dihoti-Lobe would lead all scorers with 29 points in the contest; he would be the only Viking in double digits.
The Coyotes end their season with a 17-9 record and an exciting deep run into the post-season with a playoff victory over Wootton and back-to-back dramatic last second victories over Quince Orchard and Gaithersburg.
The second game of Saturday’s Clarksburg/Whitman playoff double-bill was the girls 4A West Regional Final. The Lady Coyotes could not find their earlier magic which lifted them past Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard, as they struggled for points in the second half of the game. Whitman would win 63-39 to end the Lady Coyotes historic season.
The opening quarter was pretty even, as the leading scorer in Clarksburg girls basketball history, Kaylan Jackson hit two free throws and a long range three-pointer. However, the Lady Vikings still took a 16-10 lead at the end of the first, thanks in large part to a pair three balls (one at the buzzer) from Whitman junior Abby Meyers.
Clarksburg could not find an answer to Abby Meyers, who had 29 points in the game, including four three-pointers. She was helped by senior Beth Knox, who added 16 points, including three from beyond the arc.
The Lady Coyotes could only manage 12 points in the second half, and the Whitman girls began to run away with the victory. Clarksburg’s Gabby Haddad was steady from the free throw line, making nine of ten shots, to finish with 18 points to lead the Lady Coyotes. She was also the Coyote to score in the third quarter, draining two three-pointers.
The Lady Coyotes finish this historic 2015-2016 season with a record of 18-8 and a the girls program’s deepest ever run into the post-season.
Top: Clarksburg’s Alex Kostecka (14) with the ball is defended by Whitman’s George Wilson (33) during Saturday’s 4A West Regional Final at Blair High School.
Next: Dallas Marshall (32) with the layup during Clarksburg’s playoff game against Whitman. Marshall would finish the game with nine points.
Next: Whitman senior Shaq Diboti-Lobe (23) with a jumper while being defended by Clarksburg’s Alex Behzadi (12). Diboti-Lobe would finish with 29 points.
Next: Clarksburg senior Gabby Haddad (22) looks for an open teammate during Saturday’s game.
Next: Whitman’s Olivia Meyers (00) and Clarksburg’s Jamiere Jefferies (2) fight for a rebound.
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.