Gary Harvey's only field goal of the game gave Washington-Lee the lead with 55 seconds remaining and Madison later missed two short jumpers, allowing the 17th-ranked Generals to hold on for a 77-74 victory over the 14th-ranked Warhawks last night in a Virginia AAA Great Falls District boys basketball game at Madison.
Washington-Lee, which was led by Jackie Moore's 30 points, played the game's final 2:45 without standout center Crawford Palmer, who fouled out with the score tied at 70.
The lead changed hands eight times in the final six minutes after both teams had surrendered early leads.
Washington-Lee (11-2 overall, 6-1 and first place in the district) scored the first 10 points of the game, but trailed, 42-36, at halftime. The Warhawks (11-3, 5-2) extended their advantage to nine late in the third quarter, but couldn't put the Generals away.
"They were on the verge," Madison Coach George McLean said. "They were getting frustrated. But we came down and forced shots and let them back in."
The Generals took their first lead since the opening quarter on Moore's three-point play with 6:19 left to play that made the score 65-64. After two lead changes, Madison tied it at 70. Moments later Palmer (18 points, 10 rebounds) fouled out.
Moore then huddled the Generals at mid-court.
"We've been psyched up for this game all week," said Moore. "I just told them 'We've come too far to lose this game. Don't stop now. We've come too far.' "
After Jess Hatch (20 points) scored to give the Warhawks a 72-70 lead, Marc Withers hit a three-point shot to put Washington-Lee back in front.
Madison's B.J. Runyon scored inside to make the score 74-73 before Harvey scored off a pass from Withers.
Hatch then missed two short jumpers in the lane before Washington-Lee secured the rebound. Moore scored the game's final points on two free throws with one second remaining.