rebounds) scored her two points on a putback in the final minute that helped seal the win.
“Ever ybody got in and did what they were supposed to do,” said Barnes, who has guided the Skipjacks to two region titles in her three seasons as head coach. Chesapeake has now won five Region XX crowns in the last six years.
Garrett, which lost to Chesapeake in both the regular season and the state tournament, tried to take control of Sunday’s title game with a 10-2 run near the end of the third quarter. Hannah Henderson (13 points, six rebounds) had three layups during the run, which turned a 35-34 deficit into a 44-37 Laker lead.
Ladson, however, went right to work at the start of the fourth quarter. She scored Chesapeake’s first six points of the final quarter to get the rally going before Gross pulled the Skipjacks even, 49-49, with a three-pointer.
“They knocked down shots when they needed to,” Garrett head coach Roy Boggess said of the Skipjacks. “They just don’t stop and they continue to play hard. They have four or five players who are really hard to handle.”
Chaunte McDowell (19 points, seven rebounds, four assists) put Garrett back in front with a layup, but Ladson drained a jumper to re-tie the game. Ladson then converted a steal off a Garrett inbounds play into a transition layup that put the Skipjacks in front to stay, 53-51.
Wimber turned a weak-side offensive rebound into a layup to cap the 6-0 run and stretch Chesapeake’s lead to 55-51 with 2:10
remaining, but the Lakers fought back.
Garrett’s Mia-Alexis Lloyd (19 points) converted a layup with 61 seconds remaining and the Lakers forced a turnover with fullcourt pressure. Henderson had a chance to tie the game after being fouled on a drive to the basket, but could only make the second of two free throws to pull Garrett within 5554 with 50.5 seconds remaining.
The Lakers had a chance for a big stop when Wimber missed a jumper with 30 seconds remaining, but Jackson was there for the offensive rebound and laid it in to give Chesapeake a 57-54 lead. Ladson and Truitt each split a pair of free throws in the final 14 seconds to seal Chesapeake’s win.
Garrett led after each of the first three quarters. Lloyd kept the Lakers in the game early, scoring nine of the team’s first 10 points, and Henderson hit a driving layup with 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the Lakers a 14-12 lead after one period.
The Skipjacks opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run as Madison converted a pair of offensive rebounds into baskets and Truitt hit her second three-pointer of the contest. Garrett answered with nine straight points with four different Lakers scoring, but Chesapeake created a 29-29 tie with a 7-2 surge that Madison capped with another basket off an offensive rebound.
Chesapeake finished with a 42-25 advantage on the boards, including 14-4 on the offensive glass.
McDowell broke the 29-29 tie with a threepoint play off a driving layup to give Garrett a 32-29 lead at the half.
Truitt joined Ladson on the all-tournament team from Chesapeake. McDowell and Lloyd were both selected from Garrett, while CCBC-Catonsville’s Kai Wyatt and Cecil College’s Ny’Jayha Lockwood also made the squad.