Calvert senior Treaven Wills painted a Superman logo on his arm for football games during the fall, but Friday night on the basketball court, he settled for a heroic performance. Wills, who won All-Extra Defensive Player of the Year honors as a defensive back for the Cavaliers' football team, was dynamic and dominant as host Calvert posted a dramatic 48-47 victory over rival Northern in front of a packed gymnasium.
Wills, a guard, scored a game-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and, on defense, he held Northern's high-scoring guard, Albert Rice, to 11 points.
"The last couple of games we've lost have been close ones," Wills said. "We just had to learn how to finish a game, and that would give us the full package. That's what you saw tonight."
Northern's girls won the first game of the doubleheader, 51-40.
With Calvert's boys holding a 45-35 lead with less than four minutes to play in the game, Northern began to close the gap. Rice drove the lane for an easy layup and Larry Hall and Darnell Peete added back-to-back buckets to cut the Cavaliers' lead to 45-41 with 1 minute 59 seconds to play. After an exchange of fouls, Wills took an inbounds pass from guard Sam Pumphrey and exploded to the basket for an acrobatic layup to extend the Cavaliers' lead to 47-41.
When the Patriots (4-5, 2-1 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) then pulled within three points, Wills made a key free throw with 8.2 seconds remaining. Northern guard David Morris launched a successful three-pointer with two seconds remaining, but the Patriots had no timeouts available to stop the clock.
"I'm getting too old for this," said Calvert Coach Bill Stewart, whose team improved to 5-4, 3-0. "Every game we've been fortunate enough to win this year has been close. For that matter, so have all the ones we've lost, except one. I thought Treaven was the key tonight. He played great all-around, but he was especially good defensively."
Wills's statistics were impressive, but so were his no-look passes, fade-away jumpers, cross-over dribbles and high-flying layups that kept the crowd on its feet.
Still, Wills--who paints on his Superman logo only during football season--said even a close game like this doesn't carry the excitement for him that football does.
"I guess I like the contact of football, I like that it's more physical. This game, this is girl's stuff, really," he joked. "But I'll take the win."
Though the girls game was less dramatic, it was highly competitive in the second half. Northern, which has not lost a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference game in more than two years, improved to 4-0 in the SMAC and 6-4 overall with the win. Calvert fell to 2-7, 1-3.
The Patriots led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers refused to fade. Calvert senior Kelli Bumgarner, who finished with a game-high 17 points, scored seven in a fourth-quarter spurt that cut the Patriots' lead to 47-37 with 1:56 to play. Senior guard Jen Peel scored 11 of her 15 points for Calvert in the final eight minutes.
But Northern held on despite its 27 turnovers. Center Brianne Gray led the Patriots' balanced attack with 12 points. Forward Donna Lyles scored 11 and guard Larissa Johnson and forward Tolanda Smith added nine points each.
"The problem for us has been the turnovers," Northern Coach Rod Stewart said. "They, unfortunately, have been a constant. We're not young, grade-wise, but these girls, for the past several years, have played more of a complementary role. Now it's time for them to put a little more on their shoulders. It's coming--but slowly."
Northern (6-4)--S. Smith 3 2-2 8, Beckman 0 2-4 2, Johnson 3 3-7 9, Lyles 4 3-5 11, Gray 4 4-7 12, T. Smith 3 3-5 9. Totals 17 17-30 51.
Calvert (2-7)--Hickman 2 0-0 4, Bumgarner 5 7-11 17, Brown 1 0-0 2, Peel 5 4-6 15, Houston 0 0-1 0, Russell 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 11-18 40.
Halftime: Northern, 26-16.
Three-point goals: Calvert 1 (Peel).
Northern (4-5)--Morrow 3 2-2 8, Rice 4 3-4 11, C. Hall 2 0-0 6, Morris 4 4-4 14, K. Hall 0 1-2 1, Peete 1 0-0 2, Lucas 0 0-2 0, L. Hall 2 1-3 5. Totals 16 11-17 47.
Calvert (5-4)--Wills 6 2-4 14, Pumphrey 2 2-3 6, Mackall 0 2-3 2, Williams 4 0-0 10, Robinson 2 0-0 6, Brooks 1 0-0 2, Gross 1 0-0 2, Conway 2 2-2 6. Totals 18 8-12 48.
Halftime: Calvert, 24-23.
Three-point goals: Northern 4 (C. Hall 2, Morris 2); Calvert 4 (Williams 2, Robinson 2).
CAPTION: Northern center Brianne Gray, right, and Calvert's Audrey Houston fight for a loose ball as Northern's Stephanie Beckman looks on. Northern, which hasn't lost in SMAC play for two years, won, 51-40.
CAPTION: Calvert's Renee Brown shoots over Northern's Brianne Gray, who led the Patriots with 12 points. Kelli Bumgarner scored 17 for Calvert.
CAPTION: Northern's Kyle Morrow gets ready to fire up a shot over airborne Calvert defender Quinton Gross, in a game played Friday night at Calvert High. A late Northern rally failed to overtake the Cavaliers.