The last time Debbie Shockley went to the line with a pair of free throws meaning so much, her Rockville team was playing Eleanor Roosevelt for the Maryland Class AA state championship. In that game last March, Shockley made two free throws with three seconds to play and the Rams won, 56-54.

Last night, with her team trailing Seneca Valley 40-39, Shockley faced a one-and-one situation with 10 seconds to play. She had missed the front end of a one-and-one two minutes earlier, but this time the senior calmly converted both free throws as Rockville edged the visiting Screaming Eagles, 41-40, to advance to the Class AA Region I final Friday night against Dulaney.

"Pam {Goldsborough} looked up at me and said 'states,'" said Shockley, who had 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals. "I knew that I had to make them because I want to go to the states worse than any other year."

Seneca Valley (18-4), trailing, 28-16, at halftime, switched to a box-and-one defense in the second half, limiting the perimeter shooting of the Rams (20-1).

Rockville could have been in total control at the outset of the second half, but the Rams only made six of 14 free throws and turned the ball over 11 times (25 for the game).

Rockville led, 39-33, with 2:43 to play, but Julie LeFevre made a three-point shot and Jennifer Hoffman (12 points) made a jumper to make it 39-38. After Goldsborough missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:06 to play, LeFevre's jumper from the corner gave Seneca Valley its first lead, 40-39.

Rockville turned the ball over with 30 seconds left, but eight seconds later LeFevre missed at the line in a one-and-one situation, and the Rams rebounded and got the ball to Shockley, who was fouled.

"We got a little rattled," said Seneca Valley Coach Ricardo Samuda. "It's one of those things. If we would have hit our shots in the first half it might have been a totally different ball game."