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Great Mills, Lackey and St. Charles fall while Stone moves on

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Lackey Chargers fell to the Douglas Eagles 59-80 in the 1A South Regional Championship game Friday, Mar. 8. The loss followed a blowout sectional win over Friendly and marks the end of the Charger’s (17-7) season.

The Chargers started the game well, keeping the game close behind the play of senior guards Rasheed Cooley and Amareay Walters who combined for 18-first half-points. As the game continued in the second half, Lackey had difficulties defending Douglas Sophomore center Abdou Samb who gave the Eagles a significant height advantage inside. Whenever Lackey collapsed to defend the paint, Douglas was able to knock down shots from outside. “We haven’t seen guys with that kind of length all year, we missed some easy ones and they were making everything around the rim,” said Lackey coach John Fox after the game.

The Charger’s three seniors are Amareay Walters, Kinard Mack and Rasheed Cooley. Cooley stated that “athletics help you grow as a person.” His teammate, Walters left the underclassman with this, “For the seniors, this is it. We want you guys to go farther next year. The three seniors will be here cheering you on. Everyone wants to be able to play for a regional championship, we just weren’t able to complete it this year.”

St. Charles traveled up to Poly for their regional matchup in the 3A South Championship. The round before they defeated Great Mills for the Sectional Championship, upsetting the one seed Hornets 45-41.

The stands were packed, and the game was back and forth all night, with four lead changes in the third period alone. St. Charles began the fourth with a 6-0 run lead by junior Darius Miles and senior Anthony Bowman. “I was thinking about how my season ended here last year, about the seniors, and how I didn’t want that to be me. I didn’t want to lose,” said Bowman on what motivated him in the end. The Spartans outscored Great Mills 13-6 in the fourth period. St. Charles coach Brett Campbell said that the team “really only had one bad week where [they] lost three games” and that their goal is to win a state championship.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, their journey stopped in Baltimore when they lost to Poly 69-54 for the 3A South Regional Championship. The sectional win over Great Mills was only the school’s second.

The last team to compete in the regional round of the playoffs was Thomas Stone who defeated Oakland Mills 69-60. The Cougars were led by senior Gary Grant who recorded a game-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds. Stone outscored the Scorpions 19-9 in the fourth period, pulling away and moving on to the next round. The Cougars are the 1-seed in the semifinal round of the state tournament and will play Patterson at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15. This will be the Cougar’s fifth appearance under coach Lamberth.

Contact Jerold Massie at staffwriter@thebaynet.com

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