|Potomac ends Eagles' season with OT victory|
Friday, February 22, 2013
DUMFRIES -- Amber Porter scored three of Potomac's five overtime points Tuesday as the Cardinal District champion Panthers edged Western Valley District runner-up Franklin County, 55-52, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Northwest Region girls' basketball tournament.
Potomac (22-2), the reigning Northwest Region champion, advances to Thursday night's semifinals against Colonial Forge. The winner of that game meets the winner of the Stonewall Jackson-Forest Park semifinal, also set for Thursday, in Saturday's championship game.
Thursday's winners earn Group AAA state tournament berths.
FCHS (17-7) ends its season with the loss, its second this season to Potomac. In December, the Eagles fell 48-46.
FCHS suffered its second overtime loss of the season.
Porter finished with a game-best 27 points. Her three overtime points were the product of a 3 of 4 showing from the free-throw line.
Regulation play ended with the score even at 50. Potomac outscored FCHS 5-2 in the extra four-minute session.
FCHS led 50-48 in the closing seconds before Potomac netted the game-tying basket.
Potomac led by eight points, 14-6, after the opening quarter, but the Eagles rallied in the second stanza to take a 22-19 lead at intermission; they won the second period by 11 points, 16-5.
The teams combined for 40 third-quarter points. The Panthers won the period 24-16 to move in front by five, 43-38.
FCHS erased that difference in the fourth quarter and outscored Potomac 12-7 in the period.
Porter, who made 11 field goals, scored 15 first-half points, 10 of which she netted in the first period, and totaled 12 in the second half and overtime.
Jonae Guest finished with 14 points.
Four other players contributed points for the Panthers.
Potomac converted 24 field goals and was 7 of 14 (50 percent) from the free-throw line.
Miranda Crockett tallied 19 points to lead the Eagles and Zarkia Mattox finished with 14.
Also scoring were Charmaine Hairston with six points, Brianna Taylor and Erinn Brooks each with five and Destani Mitchell with three.
Hairston and Mitchell each swished a 3-point field goal -- the only 3-pointers of the game.
FCHS converted 22 field goals and was 6 of 16 from the free-throw line.
The Eagles were playing their 17th and final Northwest Region game in program history. With Virginia High School League (VHSL) reclassification and realignment set to take effect at the end of the current academic year, the postseason structure in all sports will change and the Northwest Region will cease to exist.
Ironically, FCHS won its first Northwest Region tournament game in 2003 at Potomac in the quarterfinals of what was an eight-team bracket.
In 2005, Potomac won here in the semifinals to deny the Eagles a berth in the Group AAA state tournament. FCHS, however, would complete its 2006 campaign in the Final Eight.
FCHS's regional record is 7-10: 4-3 at home, 3-7 on the road.
TIP-INS: William Fleming and George Washington-Danville, the WVD's other quarterfinalists, both lost Tuesday.
The Colonels, the district champion, fell at home to Cardinal District runner-up Forest Park, 54-42, and Danville, the league's No. 3 seed, suffered a 41-39 setback to Cedar Run District champion Stonewall Jackson on the road.
In boys' tournament play WVD champion Danville bested C.D. Hylton at home... league runner-up William Fleming dropped a 56-44 decision to Commonwealth District champion Mountain View in the quarterfinals.
IN REGIONAL PLAY
@Potomac (2003) Won*
Woodbridge (2003) Lost**
@North Stafford (2004) Lost*
@Brooke Point (2005) Won*
@Potomac (2005) Lost**
Woodbridge (2006) Won*
@Brooke Point (2006) Won**
Forest Park (2006) Lost***
@Riverbend (2008) Lost*
Riverbend (2009) Won*
Forest Park (2009) Lost**
@Forest Park (2010) Lost*
@Colonial Forge (2011) Lost*
Osbourn Park (2012) Won^
@Stonewall Jackson (2012) Lost*
Stafford (2013) Won^
@Potomac (2013) Lost*
^First round *Quarterfinals **Semifinals ***Finals
NOTE: First-round games were added in 2012 when
the tournament field was expanded from eight to 12 teams.