In a rematch of last year’s first round boy’s playoff game, the Clarksburg Coyotes hosted the Wootton Patriots on Friday night in a thrilling game which needed an overtime session to decide the winner. The second half of Friday’s Clarksburg hoops double-header was the Lady Coyotes mauling the Einstein Titans, to advance to the second round for a rematch with Quince Orchard.
The Lady Coyotes were led on Friday by senior Phylicia McInnis who had 12 points, but each of the 14 players on the roster had points in the 71-20 mauling of Einstein in the first round of the postseason. However, the girls did not have the same success against Quince Orchard on Monday night, Feb. 27.
The Clarksburg girls came into the game with a record of 14-9 and were playing a 13-9 QO team. The Lady Cougars were looking for the season sweep of the Coyotes. QO had beaten Clarksburg in their previous two games this season; both victories were by less than five points. A two-point 49-47, win back in January and four-point, 56-52 victory on Feb. 7.
Once again, on Monday night, the Lady Cougars found a way to beat Clarksburg, 56-46. The damage came in the second quarter when Quince Orchard hit four three-pointers, two from junior Maggie Regan, and one each from seniors Sarah Gleason and Alexa Sanmartin in the quarter. The three-balls allowed QO to take a 27-17 lead into halftime. Alexa Sanmartin would lead all scorers with 19 points, including making nine of 10 shots from the foul line. Regan would also score in double-digits finishing with 12 points, including three from beyond the arc.
It was the Lady Cougars foul shooting which gave QO the victory. Clarksburg was able to cut the 10 point lead to five by allowing QO to score just four points in the third quarter, but in the final stanza, QO made 17 of 29 foul shots. Alexa Sanmartin made also all six of her shots, and senior Danni Lehner hit five of six in the fourth.
The Lady Coyotes were led by junior Xanthi Limber who had 14 points and shot 4-4 from the foul line.
Quince Orchard, now 14-9 advances to play 17-5 Gaithersburg on March 1. The Lady Trojans of Gaithersburg defeated Wootton 62-41 on Monday night. The winner of that game will play for the Regional Championship against either 19-3 Walt Whitman or 18-6 Richard Montgomery.
As for the Clarksburg boys, a 23 point performance from senior Ian Krishnan was not enough to get the Coyotes past Wootton in overtime. Both teams came out strong for the early game of the playoff doubleheader in Clarksburg, the Coyotes scored 21 points in the opening quarter, but Wootton stayed right with them scoring 20 in the first.
Clarksburg was continued to hold a slight two-point lead at halftime, 30-28 as Wootton’s senior Will Quam scored nine in the second quarter. He would finish with 19 points, including four in the overtime session which would figure to be a big part of the five-point victory.
Wootton would have big third quarter scoring 14 points while holding Clarksburg to just seven points. Wootton’s senior Kwame Frimpong scored nine of his 16 points in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 42-37 lead at the end of three periods.
Clarksburg did not go away without a fight, as Krishnan scored nine points, one field goal, one three-pointer, and all four free throws to bring the Coyotes back and tie the game at 53 at the end of regulation.
The difference proved to be Quam’s four points and a three-pointer from Zachary Nannen. The Coyotes had opportunities, but missed five of six free throws in the extra session and lost 63-58.
Wootton, now 10-12 advances to face 19-3 Kennedy, who are coming off a 73-58 playoff victory over the Northwest Jaguars on Saturday afternoon. The Jags were led by juniors Norval Black who had a 28 point performance, and Kolbey Woodard who scored 10 points. The Jags end their season with a record of 7-14.
Top: Clarksburg’s M. Stephan Hamilton (1) drives the lane during Friday’s playoff game versus Wootton. He is defended by Wootton’s Will Quam (33). Hamilton would finish with 12 points.
Next: Clarksburg senior Phylicia McInnis (23) with the ball during Friday’s playoff victory over Einstein.
Next: Clarksburg senior Allie Janowiak (22).
Next: Clarksburg’s Megan Kerchaert (4) defends during Friday’s playoff victory over Einstein.
Next: Senior Ian Krishnan (3) scored 23 points in Friday’s playoff loss to Wootton.
Next: Junior Stephen Armstrong (23) drives the lane against Wootton. He would finish with 14 points in the playoff game.
Photos by Karen Armstrong for Germantown Pulse.