St. Charles boys earn sig­na­ture win over West­lake

St. Charles boys beat West­lake, spoils Wolver­ines’ se­nior night; West­lake girls win in over­time

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

En­ter­ing Wed­nes­day night’s an­tic- ipated South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion boys bas­ket­ball con­test, St. Charles had nev- er beaten West­lake. When the game was over, that all would change.

The Spar­tans con­nected on 9 of 14 free throws in the fourth quar­ter and pro­vided strong team de­fense down the stretch en route to a 61-56 vic­tory over West­lake, spoil­ing the Wolver­ines’ se­nior night.

St. Charles (16-5, 8-3 SMAC Po­tomac) knocked down 15 of 20 free throws (75 per­cent) on the night, while West­lake (16-5, 9-2) went 12 of 18 (66 per­cent).

Since its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in the 201415 cam­paign, it was the first win for St. Charles in four meet­ings over the Wolver­ines, aveng­ing an 81-66 home loss on Jan. 20 in the first matchup.

St. Charles trav­els to La Plata to fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son at 6:30 p.m. Fri­day.

“It means a lot to get an­other big win and the end goal is that we want to

play­ing well at the end of the sea­son,” said St. Charles head coach Brett Camp­bell, whose team were with­out their lead­ing scorer Shiloh Beale for the sec­ond straight game due to in­jury. “We want to peak at the right time and hope­fully we are there, but we are tak­ing it one game at a time.”

The Spar­tans have won eight straight games af­ter drop­ping three straight to Thomas Stone, Lackey, and West­lake in Jan­uary. They’ve avenged all three of those losses to their county ri­vals this month.

With the score tied at 51, St. Charles had three-point leads three dif­fer­ent times with less than three min­utes left. The Spar­tans later took a 58-55 lead af­ter se­nior for­ward Mer­wan Mour­taj sank a pair off three throws in the dou­ble bonus with 42.1 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Af­ter West­lake came to within 58-56 with 28.8 sec­onds to go, se­nior guard Cameron Sul­li­van, who missed three straight free throw at­tempts, made one with 19.8 sec­onds left to put the Spar­tans up by three.

On the en­su­ing posses- sion, West­lake se­nior guard Jeff Sim­mons (game-high 21 points) missed back-to-back three-point at­tempts with a chance to tie the game.

Se­nior guard Der­rick Carter was then fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the game.

St. Charles, which led 42-39 af­ter three quar­ters, opened the fourth with a 48-42 lead, but West­lake tied the game up at 48 with back-to-back threes from Sim­mons.

St. Charles went back on top by two with 3:39 left and, mo­ments later, West­lake tied the game at 51 at the 3:03 mark. The Spar­tans took leads of 54-51 and 56-53 with less than two min­utes re­main­ing be­fore West­lake came to within 56-55.

St. Charles had just one play- er in dou­ble fig­ures in Sul­li­van with 12 points. Se­nior for­ward Sean Pat­ter­son fin­ished with 9 points, while Jerome Savoy and Carter scored 8 each and An­thony Bow­man added 7.

“It all hap­pen in prac­tice with our prepa­ra­tion and we came out and played hard,” Savoy said. “Ev­ery­one doubted us, but we came in here and played our game. We knew we had to slow down [Sim­mons] and just make the shots tough for him.”

St. Charles led 16-14 af­ter the first quar­ter and the game was tied at 27 at half­time.

“We locked down de­fen­sively and we just did what the coach- es told us to do. This is what we came to do and we got it done tonight,” Bow­man said.

West­lake, which is sched­uled to face host North Point oat 7 p.m. Fri­day in its reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale, also was led by se­nior for­ward Amir Lawrence with 18 points. Ju­nior for­ward Jonathan Barnes fin­ished with 12.

“St. Charles played a lit­tle bit harder than we did, got all the 50-50 balls and had more en­ergy than we did tonight,” said West­lake head coach Ed- ward Mou­ton Sr., whose team com­mit­ted 20 turnovers. “We didn’t play our ‘A’ game and when you have 20 turnovers that will kill you. We have to go back to the draw­ing board and get ready for North Point.”

West­lake girls win in OT

At St. Charles on Wed­nes­day night, the Wolver­ines girls de­liv­ered with a 70-64 road win in over­time over the Spar­tans in a SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test.

St. Charles led 14-8 af­ter one quar­ter and 32-29 at half­time. The score was tied at 41 af­ter three quar­ters. In the fourth, St. Charles trailed 62-60, but fresh­man Cam Brown hit the game-ty­ing floater to tie the game at 62 with six sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion to force over­time.

In the ex­tra pe­riod, the Wolver­ines (14-7, 7-4) outscored St. Charles 8-2 to close the game out.

West­lake had four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures as Latavia Wash­ing­ton and Jas­mine Ghol­son fin­ished with 16 points each. Leah John­son scored 15 points and Gwen­dolyn Brown added 10.

The Spar­tans (10-11, 5-6) were led by De­sirae Shep­ard with 24 points, Aysia Jones fin­ished with 15 and Shaniquwa Jack­son scored 10 points and grabbed 16 re­bounds.

West­lake con­nected on 26 of 38 free throws (68 per­cent) in the win, while .St. Charles made just 15 of 32 (47 per­cent).

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

St. Charles se­nior guard Mar­shawn Hall drives to the bas­ket as Jeff Sim­mons of West­lake de­fends in Wed­nes­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion boys bas­ket­ball con­test. St. Charles won the game 61-56 to split the sea­son series.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

St. Charles ju­nior guard Dae­shaun John­son drib­bles the ball up the floor in Wed­nes­day night’s 61-56 win over host West­lake in a SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion boys bas­ket­ball con­test.

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