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Eagles Out-work, Out-Rebound, & Out-Hustle, but Can’t Out Score Potomac in State Semifinals

“This is the greatest group of players to ever come through Seneca Valley,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey after Thursday night’s 66-59 loss to Potomac in the Maryland State 3A Semifinal game at the Xfinity Center on the University of Maryland Campus in College Park.

Humphrey was talking about a senior class that played in three straight regional championship games and made two straight trips to the 3A semifinal game. “We didn’t want to lose, but to get to this spot is awesome,” he told reporters after the game. “To be fortunate enough to get here twice in a row is awesome, to play for the region three times in a row is awesome. After being a JV coach for eight years and during all that time going to the regional game was a dream.”

The Screamin’ Eagles finish the 2016-2017 campaign 24-2, one loss in December in a holiday tournament and a Thursday’s loss in College Park.

In the end, the Eagles fell prey to the one weakness they had as a team — size. For all their wins this season, Seneca’s tallest player, senior Brandon Simpson, was just 6-foot, 4-inches. After the season-opening win, Coach Humphrey joked, ““We are all guards this year. As you can see we aren’t big, we don’t have a legit center, but we will outwork any team.”

The Eagles did just that all season long including in the final game of their season against a much bigger Wolverines from Potomac High School in Prince Georges County. Seneca and Potomac traded leads throughout the game, and Potomac did not hold a lead of more than four points until late in the fourth quarter.

All but one of Potomac’s starters were taller than the tallest Seneca player. The Wolverines had nine players on their roster taller than Simpson.