Seneca Valley Falls Short in Maryland State Semi-Final Game, 66-61
Seneca Valley’s magical run through the playoffs was cut short Thursday night by a Stephen Decatur High School player that had breathed the rarified Xfinity Center air last year and fully understood the importance of coming up big on the big stage.
Decatur senior Torrey Brittingham who scored half of the Seahawks 66 points but none bigger than the three foul shots he drained after selling the referee that there was contact from Seneca Valley’s sophomore Triston Price on his shot.
“He was kind of closing in on me a little out of control all game, so I knew that if I could get the shot off he was probably going to give me a little contact,” said the Brittingham. As junior, last year, Brittingham played in the Maryland State Semi-Final game with Wicomico and lost.
It was a veteran move that earned him the free points, and he stepped up and nailed them to give his team lead, 62-61 with just 31.7 seconds remaining. “I was just hoping that the ref was going give me the call, and there was maybe a little acting at the end, a little bit,” he said with a laugh. “It was a great call I guess.”
“Torrey was here last year, and he promised me that he was going to win a state championship,” said Seahawks Head Coach Bryon Johnson. “Man was he phenomenal tonight in this game.” Johnson pointed out the Brittingham scored his 1,000th career point in the contest.
The foul resulted in Price, who was a spark-plug on the floor for the Eagles as their leading scorer, fouling out of the game. He would finish with 18 points going 11-for-13 from the free throw line.<