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Seneca Valley Beats Unbeaten Quince Orchard

Last season, on their way to Maryland state semi-final game Seneca Valley had only one loss. It was a home game. The first game back after an extended week-long break from school and basketball due to the Blizzard of ’16 which closed school and most of Germantown for a week.

It game was a quickly scheduled make-up game. Neither team had practiced or played for a full week prior to taking the court that Saturday morning in 2016. The Thursday before, the Seneca Valley basketball community was stunned by the news of the death of James Humphrey, the team’s scorekeeper and father of Seneca Head Coach Brian Humphrey. The Eagles lost 61-43. Their only loss in 2016, other than the last game of the season in the State semi-finals.

On Thursday night in the Quince Orchard gym in front of a packed house, the Eagles of Seneca Valley were able to erase those difficult memories as they beat the previously unbeaten Courgars 65-60, and thrilling game.

“We are a family,” said junior Triston Price after game. “Every game we step out to we have to bring our chemistry and our energy. We didn’t want to lose again. Coming out and winning this game means a lot to us as a family.” Price had 12 points, including a three-pointer near the end of the first half.

“This game was the top game on our calendar,” said Brandon Simpson. “We were waiting for them. We love playing QO because it is good competition.”

The Screamin’ Eagles led 31-26 after the first half and closed out the game without giving up the lead. However, that doesn’t mean they weren’t tested by Cougars. Late the fourth quarter QO’s Jack Faroane hit a three-pointer which cut the lead and made it a one-possession game down the stretch.

Late in the game, Faroane, cut the lead to one point with just 18 seconds after he was sent to the line to shoot two foul shots. With his team trailing by three points, Farone made both shots to cut the lead to one point, 60-61. Unfortunately, for QO it would be the last points the Cougars would score.