The Maryland high school basketball postseason will begin this Friday. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has released the schedule and seedings for the boys and girls postseason tournament.
The Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles by virtue of their 21-1 regular season record were awarded the top seed in the 3A West bracket, and as such get a bye in the first round and will host a second-round game on Tuesday, Feb. 28 against the winner of Urbana and Poolesville.
The Urbana Hawks ended the season 7-14 and will host the first round game against the Falcons of Poolesville this Friday, Feb. 24. Poolesville ended the season 7-13. Urbana ended their season with two wins over Wheaton and Damascus. During the regular season, Poolesville had wins over Gaithersburg, Richard Montgomery, and Wootton.
This is the second year in a row that Seneca Valley will host post-season games. The Eagles have not lost in Germantown since January 30, 2016. Seneca ended the regular season with a 98-41 blowout win over Walter Johnson High School on Friday, Feb. 17. Senior Brandon Simpson beat WJ by himself, dropping 42 points on Senior Night at Seneca. Seneca Valley will await the winner of Hawks v. Falcons on Friday night.
The winless Seneca Valley Lady Eagles will begin their postseason on the road at 18-2 Damascus at 5:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 24.
In other 3A West news, the 3-18-1 Damascus boys team will travel to 19-2-1 Oakdale to play the Bears on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 pm.
In the 4A West bracket, the Clarksburg Coyotes will host a postseason doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 24.
The Clarksburg boys will play first. They earned a three seed and will host the Wootton Patriots at 5:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 24. Clarksburg finished the season even at 11-11, while Wootton was 9-12 on the regular season. The two teams met earlier in the season, and Clarksburg defeated Wootton 77-71 in a home game back on December 12.
The Coyotes finished the regular season with a 62-60 home, Senior Night, victory over the Blake Bengals. Clarksburg had dropped three games in a row prior to last week’s win. The 9-13 Bengals came into the game at Coyote Den hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. The Coyotes ended the regular season with a last second thriller, as Blake tied the game with four seconds remaining, but a loose ball foul call on Blake's Kobe Colton as the buzzer sounded sent Clarksburg’s Stephan Hamilton to the line to shoot two. Hamilton nailed both free throws to give the Coyotes the 62-60 victory and send Clarksburg into the postseason with a win. The Coyotes were led by junior Stephen Armstrong with 24 points.
The second half of Friday’s playoff double-dip in Clarksburg will feature the 13-9, second-seeded, Lady Coyotes hosting winless Einstein at 7:15 pm. Einstein is coming off a 65-12 drubbing by Northwest on Friday.
The Lady Coyotes will take two-game win streak into the playoffs, after a blowout, 69-26, win over Blake and a 59-33 victory over Kennedy last week. The Lady Coyotes must be feeling good after the win over Blake in which all 14 members of the team got scored at least two points. Clarksburg was led by Allie Janowiak with 14 and Phylicia McInnis with 12 points.
The Northwest Jaguars will have to wait until Saturday, Feb. 25 to begin their postseason. The 7-13 Jags will travel to play 18-3 Kennedy on Saturday at 5:00 pm. The Jags ended the regular season on last Friday with a 59-57 come-from-behind victory of Einstein. Ryan Kennington led the Jags with 19 points in the victory.
Northwest played Kennedy earlier this season, when the Cavaliers got the better of the Jags 69-43 back on December 21. Kennedy losses against Quince Orchard, Blair, and Paint Branch this season.
On the girls’ side, the 6-15 Lady Jags will travel to face 11-11 Wootton to begin the postseason on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:15 pm in Rockville. The Lady Jags ended the regular season with a 65-12 drubbing of Einstein. Alexis Mack, Mariah Ellis and Khienya Benjamin combined for 46 points in the victory.
The Wootton Lady Patriots, on the other hand, will enter the postseason losing five of their last six games. Wootton lost their final three games to Sherwood, Gaithersburg, and Whitman. The Lady Jags and the Patriots met in the first game of the season, way back on December 6, where Wootton won 81-46.
Top: Brandon Simpson (3) and top-seeded Seneca Valley will host a second round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Next: Clarksburg and senior Ian Krishnan (3) will host a playoff doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 24. The boys will play Wotton at 5:30 pm. Photo by Karen Armstrong.
Next: Allie Janowiak (22) and the Lady Coyotes will host Einstein at 7:15 pm on Friday. Photo by Karen Armstrong.
Next: Northwest and Ryan Kennington (12) will travel to play Kennedy at 5:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 25. Photo by Mark Poetker.