Keith Adams had 10 points and nine assists to lead Surrattsville to a 72-57 victory over Central in the Maryland Class A, Region III championship game yesterday at Prince George's Community College.
Adams' effort gave the Hornets (20-5) a semifinal berth in the state tournament Thursday against Thomas Johnson of Frederick at Maryland's Cole Field House.
Surrattsville never trailed after taking the lead from Central (17-7) late in the first quarter.
"I'm always looking for the open man, said Adams. "Coach (Ron Holder) tells me I can shoot the ball up any time I want any time I want, but I usually give it away because someone's always open." Surrattsville's players were all generous, collecting 19 assists to Central's 12.
In the first quarter, Central succeeded in establishing a temporary 12-6 lead as Zena Galloway came up with three blocked shots, six points and four rebounds.
But Adams led Surrattsville to 10 straight points with three assists and two inside baskets of his own to put the Hornets up, 16-12, by the end of the period.
Adams quickened the pace in the next period, driving in for a bucket and assisting on two others to lift Surrattsville to a 22-14 lead with 6:22 left in the half.
Despite Galloway's efforts for Central, Adams continued to control the game. He led three fast breaks, scoring twice, to raise his first-half point total to eight, and the Hornets took a 30-23 lead to the locker room.
Galloway played an outstanding game, scoring a game-high 16 points and collecting 13 rebounds, five blocked shots and two stuffs.
Central made just five of 13 shots from the free-throw line and it hurt the Falcons' comback attempt. Cliff Barrett's hot hand in the third quarter gave him eight of his 14 points, and Surrattsville led, 49-38, at the period's end.