West Potomac guard Avis Willis was easily recognizable because he was the only player wearing black sneakers. Wakefield wished that was the only thing that made him noticeable.
He was far and away the best player -- he had 32 points -- and the Wolverines used a 32-point first quarter to rout Wakefield, 70-38, in a Virginia AAA nondistrict game last night at Wakefield.
Last year Wakefield, the Northern Region champion, beat West Potomac in the region playoffs. But Wakefield has just one starter back from that team -- Charles Oliver -- and he hurt a knee in football season. So West Potomac, one of the region's top teams, is off to its best-ever start at 5-0.
The Wolverines figured to be strong with top scorer Leon Blakeney returning along with a host of other talented players. But add Willis, the All-Met transfer from Gonzaga, and this team can be frighteningly good.
"We have a lot of depth and with that depth we have players -- 8, 9 or 10 quality players," said West Potomac Coach Bill Engels. "And Willis can do so many things. He gives us stability at the point and he's another guy we can go to in the clutch."
Wakefield Coach Bob Veldran described Willis very succinctly: "This kid is great."
Willis scored his team's first eight points, a three-point jumper making it 8-2. But the Warriors (1-2) were still in the game midway through the first quarter at 11-7. That's when it came apart for Wakefield.
The Warriors failed to score for three minutes and West Potomac took a 24-7 lead. Teyril Hackley (17 points, 13 rebounds) finally scored for Wakefield, but the Wolverines led by 32-9 after a quarter.
With Oliver out, West Potomac's press stymied Wakefield. The Wolverines forced 12 turnovers and allowed only eight shots. Meanwhile, West Potomac shot 13 for 17 by making its last nine shots.