AAA Northwest Region
Shawn Andrews sparks Potomac past Brooke Point, 65-60
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Potomac junior point guard Shawn Andrews didn't take sneakers with him to the Virginia AAA Northwest Region semifinals at Brooke Point on Friday night, a game his team won 65-60 to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2005. He didn't think he'd need shoes or any other gear.
Ejected from the previous game after an altercation with a George Washington-Danville player, the penalty carried an automatic suspension for the next game. The Potomac administration appealed the decision, but an hour before tip-off the Panthers still had heard nothing.
Then during the team shoot-around, they got word: Upon reviewing the incident, the Bull Run Officials Association and the Virginia High School League had agreed, as did GW-Danville administrators, that Andrews was not an instigator in the incident Wednesday night. He could play.
That set off a whirlwind quest for gear. Andrews borrowed some size 11 sneakers from a teammate. He might want to keep them. He hit his first five shots, finished with a team- and season-high 18 points and made three three-pointers, two shy of his season total, to help the Panthers advance to the region final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Osbourn.
"I was in school all day just hoping and praying to God that I would get to play in this game," said Andrews, who would text his father, also named Shawn, for updates or lack thereof. When Potomac Coach Keith Honore informed Andrews that he indeed could play, "that meant the world to me," Andrews said.
"Having Shawn on the floor makes it a little more comfortable for me and our other post players to attack the glass and have a good passer," said senior forward Jordan McCain, who late in the game, with four fouls, scored seven unanswered points to turn a three-point deficit into a four-point lead. "It was a big difference."
Potomac, which lost to Brooke Point on Dec. 4, trailed 56-51 early in the fourth quarter but rallied late thanks in great part to McCain, who received a personal challenge, of some volume, from Honore while on the bench.
"You can't always pat them on the back and say it's going to be okay," Honore said. "I thought it was one of those moments where he needed some tough love and he responded."
Potomac improved to 22-2; Brooke Point finishes 20-6.
l OSBOURN 80, PATRICK HENRY-ROANOKE 46: Jay Lane scored a team-high 16 points as the Eagles (24-1) blew open a game that was only a five-point margin at halftime, earning their first trip to the AAA state tournament.
l STONEWALL JACKSON 52, COLONIAL FORGE 42: The 19th-ranked Raiders secured a spot in the girls' AAA state tournament. Stonewall (18-6) was 15 for 26 from the foul line, while Colonial Forge (17-7) was 2 for 6.
l FOREST PARK 74, HALIFAX 42: Lexi Carpenter had 27 points, including three three-pointers and a perfect 6 for 6 from the line, to lead the Bruins (22-3).