Not done yet

Lackey boys rally to beat Stone in over­time in 2A South sec­tion semis

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Through­out Tues­day night’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I semi­fi­nals con­test at Lackey, the Thomas Stone basketball team was able to set the tem- po of­fen­sively and cre­ate havoc on de­fense, but the Charg­ers did not go away.

Af­ter go­ing up by as many as 15 points in the third quar­ter, Stone saw its lead dwin­dle to just six by the end of the quar­ter and Lackey had taken the lead with less than two min­utes left in the reg­u­la­tion.

The Cougars roared back to tie the game at 63 to force over­time, but the top-seeded Charg­ers used stout de­fen­sive pres­sure in the ex­tra pe­riod to se­cure a 81-75 vic­tor y.

Lackey (17-6 over­all) will host third-seeded West­lake at 7 p.m. Thurs­day in the sec­tion cham­pi­onship game with the win­ner ad­vanc­ing to the 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship game sched­uled for Satur­day to meet the win­ner of Thurs­day’s Sec­tion II fi­nal be­tween Prince George’s County Cen­tral and Dou­glass. The Wolver­ines (18-7) de­feated sec­ond-seeded Calvert 90-64 in Tues­day’s other sec­tion semi­fi­nal.

In over­time, Stone (15-9) led 69-67 on a three-pointer from ju­nior swing­man

Ka­mau Mitchell (game-high 34 points), one of his eight threes in the game, with 2 min­utes 15 sec- onds re­main­ing, but Lackey se­nior guard Ha­keem Everett (team-high 23 points) help spur a 7-0 Charg­ers run with 1 minute re­main­ing.

Stone came to within 74-71 with 51.4 seconds left, but Everett nailed a pair of free throws to push the lead to five.

“We just had to play with some heart and keep our heads up and play with in­ten­sity,” Everett said. “We prac­ticed for six straight days lead­ing up to this game and we had to crank it up. Our com­mu­ni­ca­tion picked on de­fense in the sec­ond half and that was the key.”

Mitchell’s three in the left cor­ner brought the Cougars to within 7674 with 41 seconds re­main­ing, but Lackey’s Destin In­gram split a pair of free throws with 30 ticks left and steal and a lay-in by Vin­cent Parker (17 points) with 10 seconds to go gave the Charg­ers a 79-74 lead to help wrap up the win.

Lackey, which had four play- ers in dou­ble fig­ures, re­ceived a huge spark off the bench from sopho­more Rasheed Coo­ley, who fin­ished with 20 points and four steals, con­nect­ing on two three-point­ers in the third quar- ter, one of which capped a 9-0 run that ended the pe­riod to help cut a 15-point Stone lead to 51-45 en­ter- ing the fi­nal pe­riod.

“It was all about trust that the se­niors had in me to come out and play my game and that’s what I did,” Coo­ley said. “I knew we needed a spark and that’s my role to come off the bench and bring en­ergy. We have to come in ready for West­lake.”

Trail­ing 30-22 with 45 seconds left in the sec­ond quar­ter, Coo­ley scored back-to-back bas­kets on a jumper and a layup off of a steal to help cut the Cougars lead to 30-26 at half­time.

“We got away from what we nor- mally do, but we had one more run left in us,” said Lackey head coach Sean Fox, whose team won both reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ings over Stone by a com­bined five points. “Rasheed is a great pen­e­tra­tor, but he is also one of our best de­fend­ers and he helped that lead shrink, so it was a big win for us.”

Mitchell scored 14 of Stone’s 21 points in the third, hit­ting four straight three-point­ers to give the Cougars a com­mand­ing 51-36 lead that even­tu­ally un­folded.

Stone sopho­more for­ward Gary Grant (24 points) scored 14 points in the first half to pro­vide a spark in­side and on the boards.

The Cougars, who de­feated fifth-seeded La Plata 98-45 in Fri­day’s sec­tion quar­ter­fi­nal, had crit­i­cal turnovers late in reg­u­la­tion and dur­ing over­time as Lackey outscored 36-24 dur­ing that span.

“Some of the mis­takes that we made came at bad time and it hap­pens,” said Thomas Stone head coach Dale Lam­berth, whose team had just one se­nior in guard Dono­van McCrae in the start­ing lineup this sea­son. “We re­grouped a lit­tle bit in reg­u­la­tion when we were down five in reg­u­la­tion to give us an op­por­tu­nity to play over­time. We have a young team and I think the fu­ture is bright.”

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

Lackey sopho­more guard Rasheed Coo­ley goes up for a layup at­tempt as Kevin Skid­more of Thomas Stone trails from be­hind in Tues­day night’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I boys basketball semi­fi­nal con­test. Coo­ley fin­ished with 20 points off the bench as the Charg­ers won 81-75 in over­time.

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