In their final regular season game, the Lady Eagles fell just short of getting their 11th win of the year, and securing the fifth spot in the playoffs, by just one point on Friday night.
Senior night at Seneca Valley High School proved to be a nail-biter as the Screaming Eagles fell to Richard Montgomery 38-37. Seneca came into the game with a record of 10-9 while the Lady Rockets were 11-10 prior to Friday’s game.
The final three minutes saw the Lady Eagles with numerous opportunities to take the lead, but the game-winning bucket was elusive. With 1:19 remaining in the game, Seneca Valley was down by three, 35-38, when sophomore center Bryana Barber grabbed an offensive rebound and banked in a shot to bring the Eagles to within a basket of the lead.
The Eagles were able to be a defensive stop as Richard Montgomery’s Anujin Dashdorj’s shot was off target and rebounded by Seneca’s Brianna Dorsey to send the Eagles back on the attack. Dashdorj, a junior, was the Rockets leading scorer with 17 points in the game.
Seneca Valley junior Jasia Oliver drove and put up a floater that would not fall, and the rebound was put out of bounds by the Rockets. After a Richard Montgomery time-out, the Lady Eagles would inbound the ball from under the basket with 44 seconds remaining down by one point.
The Rockets’ Naimah Lewis would steal the inbound and send RM up the court, but the shot would fall short, and the Eagles would be back on the attack again with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Senior point guard Jessica Jones would bring the Eagles up the court. Jones would finish the game with 14 points to lead the Eagles. Seneca worked the ball into Barber who saw an opportunity to take the lead but would have the ball knocked out of bounds as she drove to the basket by RM sophomore Calie Dunn. The Eagles again had an inbound play from baseline with 10.3 seconds remaining down by one.
Once again the Rockets would intercept the inbound pass and go on the offensive, and once again the Seneca defense would force an off-target shot. Barber collected the rebound and sent an outlet pass to Jones with 7.2 seconds remaining. Jones would take it all the way and put up a last-second floater from the baseline which would rattle off the rim twice and bounce out as time ran out.
Seneca had three players in double-digits, Jones had 14, Oliver had 11 and Barber finished with 10 points. The Lady Eagles finish the regular season with a 10-10 record and are currently 5th place in the 2A West, two games ahead of Williamsport, which has two games in hand.
The Lady Rockets finish the season at 11-9 and are in the middle of 4A West with Clarksburg at the top at 15-5, followed by Quince Orchard at 13-6.
In other basketball news, the Seneca Valley Boys team finished their regular season as the second part of the senior night doubleheader in Germantown against the hottest team in Montgomery County the 19-1 Richard Montgomery Rockets. The Screaming Eagles fell to RM 90-53. The Eagles finish the season at 5-15.
Top: Seneca Valley sophomore Bryanna Barber (50) puts up a shot to bring the Screaming Eagles within one point of the lead in the final 1:44 of Friday’s game against Richard Montgomery.
Next: The Lady Eagles’ Jasia Oliver (11) with a shot late in the game. She finished with 11 points.
Next: Richard Montgomery’s Calie Dunn (10) knocks the ball from Bryanna Barber (50) to stop a shot that would have given Seneca the lead with 10 seconds remaining.
Next: Seneca Valley senior Jessica Jones drives for the game-winning shot as time runs out. The shot would be just off target and bounce out to allow the Lady Rockets to hold on for the win.
Photos by Germantown Pulse