Mason sparks Forest Park over Potomac (Va.)

Forest Park gets a road win thanks to a huge fourth-quarter comeback.
By From Staff Reports
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Freshman Breyana Mason converted a pair of free throws with 12.5 seconds left to lift the Forest Park girls' basketball team to a 67-65 victory at Potomac (Va.) on Friday night.

Mason, who stripped Potomac senior Kyana Jacobs (18 points) and drew a foul with the score knotted at 65, made seven of her eight free throws for the game and finished with a game-high 21 points. She also grabbed six rebounds.

"I just tried to do my best to contain [Jacobs], and I was trying to time up her crossover," Mason said. "I got it and luckily I got a foul called."

Junior TiChina Mitchell had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Forest Park (11-4, 7-0 Virginia AAA Cardinal District). Potomac fell to 10-4, 5-2.

-- LOUDOUN CO. 57, NO. 13 FREEDOM-SOUTH RIDING 40: During their run to the Virginia AA Division 4 title last season, the Loudoun County girls defeated each and every opponent on their schedule at least once with one exception -- Dulles District rival Freedom, the Division 3 state champion. On Friday night in Leesburg, the Raiders rode the emotion of a standing room-only crowd to rally from a second-half deficit and knock off the No. 13 Eagles for the first time in six tries.

Brittany Batts (21 points) nailed the first of back-to-back three-pointers to give the Raiders (13-2, 7-1 Dulles) a 26-25 lead -- their first of the game -- with four minutes left in the third quarter. From there, Loudoun County took over.

Senior forward Kendra Holmes finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The loss was the second of the week for the Eagles (12-4, 7-1) and their first against a district opponent since the 2007-08 season.

-- CHANTILLY 62, HERNDON 56: The Hornets came back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit when sophomore guard Katrina Hutzell scored on a layup with two seconds left to force overtime. But the host Chargers held Herndon to one field goal in the extra period and went 5-for-8 from the line to seal the win.

DeMatha boys rally

With the scored tied at 64 and about a minute left at Carroll, DeMatha junior point guard Quinn Cook scored off of a running jump shot just in front of the foul line, the last of his eight consecutive points that helped the top-ranked Stags to a 70-64 come-from-behind victory.

Cook, who scored a game-high 21 points, and junior center Mikael Hopkins did not start the game and sat for most of the first and third quarters due to what Coach Mike Jones called "a small, very minor team violation."

"I was frustrated with my first couple shots," Cook said. "I thought they were good shots but they just weren't falling."

-- HERNDON 60, CHANTILLY 58: Junior guard Devin Ballam tied the score on a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but Herndon's Austin Hamilton responded by going coast-to-coast for a game-winning basket before time expired to lift the No. 18 Hornets (11-1, 5-0 AAA Concorde). Visiting Chantilly fell to 10-6, 3-2.

-- R. MONTGOMERY 72, WHITMAN 65: Senior guard Nick Brown scored 23 points and center Shawn Stephens added 21 as the visiting Rockets (11-2, 5-2) earned a pivotal Montgomery 4A West victory. Senior Charlie Waugh led Whitman (9-4, 5-2) with 22 points.

-- GWYNN PARK 96, POTOMAC (MD.) 78: Junior Tion Barnes paced the host Yellow Jackets with a 30-point, 8-rebound, 3 blocked-shot performance to knock off the No. 16 Wolverines.

-- URBANA 74, TUSCARORA 67: Kevin Sowers scored a game-high 38 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the contest into overtime, as the Hawks rallied to defeat the Titans. Justin Bowens paced host Tuscarora with 20 points.

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