Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Montgomery County, which won three of four Maryland state basketball titles a year ago, will try to make it a clean sweep this after winning all four opening semifinal-round games Thursday at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.
Eric Smith scored a school-record 35 points as Churchill held off Annapolis, 85-78, in the Class AA semifinal while Wooton beat Lackey, 67-52, in Class A. Sherwood defeated Wilde Lake, 79-72, in Class B and Poolesvile whipped Rising Sun, 71-55, in the Class C opener.
In today's semifinals, Crisfield meets Beall at 3 p.m. for a spot in the Class C final, followed by Frederick against Cambridge-South Dorcester in Class B, Surrattsville against Thomas Johson in Class A and Bladensburg versus Woodlawn of Baltimore County in the Class AA nightcap.
The finals in all four classes will be held tomorrow, starting with the Class B championship at 1 p.m.
Smith, who broke the Churchil single-game scoring record by two, made 12 to 15 shots and 11 of 16 free throws. He made eight foul shots in the second half as Churchill snapped Annapolis' eight-game winning streak.
"In the fourth quarter, out philosophy was to either score or get fouled," said Churchill Coach Les Lombardi. "And it kind of worked."
The Bulldogs made 11 of 13 free throws in the final period -- Annapolis got just one trip to the line and came away empty when Jeff Brow (26 points) missed -- and built a 62-60 advantage into an 84-78 margin with 15 seconds left. Annapolis threw away the ball twice in the final half-minute to wipe out any hopes of a last-second comeback.
Smith, who sank five free throws in the final period, scored 20 points in the second half and had nine rebounds and six steals.
Wootton waited until the third quater to dispose of Lackey in its Class A game. The Patriots (24-2) outscored Lackey, 14-6, in that period to jump to a 44-34 lead with eight minutes to play.
Lackey, playing without top scorer James Gray, who was suspended by Coach William Stewart earlier this week for disciplinary reasons, could not make a dent in Wootton's cushion in the final period.
Guard Mike McLister, who had 14 points for Wootton, scored eight in that third period.
Lackey's Pierre Bland scored seven of his 17 points in the first quarter as lackey took an 18-16 kead. But Wootton, helped by Robert Hebron's 10 first half-points, led by two at the half.
Sherwood staved off Wilde Lake to snap the Wildecats 14-game winning streak. Mike Thut, who did not start, scored 10 in a row for Sherwood while Wilde Lake could answer with only two and fell behind, 74-66.
Thut, who finished with 22 points, also grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds -- including eight on offense in the second half.
Poolesville had an easier time disposing of Rising Sun. Roland Moore, the Indians' leaper, helped pull the curtains on the Tigers, hitting his first three shots for a 6-0 Poolesville lead.
Mike Neville, Poolesville's 6-5 center, did the most damage in the second quarter, making seven of 10 shots, most from around the foul line, as the Indians led by as many as 15 en route to a 33-22 halftime advantage.