AA Dulles Girls

Broad Run Receives Lift From Campbell

By Rich Campbell
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Broad Run junior Alexis Campbell noticed something was off with her foul shot after she missed more than half of her 11 attempts in a loss to Freedom-South Riding last month. Her shots were off-line, so she broke down her form with Coach Mike O'Hara.

"My elbow was always out," she said.

With her right elbow back in its proper position last night, Campbell made 15 of 19 free throws, including six straight in the final 34 seconds, as part of her game-high 23 points, and Broad Run beat Loudoun County, 52-47, for at least a share of the AA Dulles District regular season championship.

Campbell's extra free throw practice helped the Spartans (16-5, 12-1) secure a finish at the top of the district standings for the third straight season. Broad Run completed a sweep of Loudoun County (14-7, 10-3), a team it lost to three times last season.

Broad Run survived a second quarter during which it made 1 of 10 field goal attempts and scored eight points. The Raiders effectively rotated between 3-2 zone and man-to-man defenses and forced Campbell to stay on the perimeter.

Campbell had three points at halftime, none in the second quarter, and the Spartans trailed 20-19 at halftime.

"We just tried to keep our composure and explain to them that it's a four-quarter game," O'Hara said. "Obviously we always talk about playing eight minutes at a time. In that second quarter we had good looks, but they just weren't falling."

With Loudoun County hindered by foul trouble in the second half, Campbell decided to attack the basket off the dribble and was successful. She scored half of Broad Run's points during a 14-3 run that broke open a tie game late in the third quarter.

"She's just the type of kid that's not going to let you lose," O'Hara said. "She put us on her back and said, 'Let's go.' "

Campbell was able to draw fouls when attacking the basket, and she made repeated trips to the foul line down the stretch. Of her six free throws in the closing seconds, two came after Loudoun County tried to ice her with time outs. She sank two with 0.4 of a second left to clinch the win.

"Alexis Campbell has been the best player in the district all season," Raiders Coach Kevin Reed said.

Broad Run 52, Loudoun County 47 Concerns: Loudoun County turned the ball over 24 times, but Reed was most concerned about the Raiders' lack of communication on defense. "We're young, so the communication on defense is not there yet with this group," he said. Coach-Fan: Washington Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams was in attendance. His daughter Amy, a junior forward for Loudoun County, made a key three-pointer during the Raiders' fourth-quarter rally before leaving the game with a leg injury.

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