For the zillionth time, Chantilly stayed close to eighth-ranked South Lakes for most of the game. And for the zillionth time, the Seahawks won the Great Falls District game.
Behind point guard Howard Hogan's 26-point effort, South Lakes captured the district opener for both teams, 84-71, last night at Chantilly.
Theron Curry, who didn't start because of disciplinary problems, came in to score 19 points. Quinn Harwood had 17 and Joey Beard 11.
Junior center Timothy Fudd led Chantilly with 26 points before fouling out late in the game. Junior guard Darryl Franklin had 19 points.
Chantilly has beaten the Seahawks just one time in the last five years, including four losses to the Seahawks two years ago. But almost every game has been tight.
The Chargers (5-3) came back from an eight-point first-quarter deficit for a halftime tie at 36. But South Lakes (7-1) broke out in the third quarter to run up a 15-point lead.
"I don't know what to do anymore," said Chantilly Coach Mark Martino. "We just can't get over the hump. Maybe we shouldn't go in at halftime."
Part of the problem is the height advantage of South Lakes. Its average starter was 6 feet 4, and that was without Curry. Chantilly had only two starters over 6 feet. "You have to get around their long arms and long legs," said Martino."
But the Chargers were, for a quarter, able to figure a solution. Martino sent Franklin into the middle of the Seahawks defense, and he drew numerous fouls. The Chargers' first nine second-quarter points were from the foul line.
Late in the half, they stayed close as Franklin tied the game at 28 with a three-point play, and James Taylor's off-balance shot at the halftime buzzer tied it at 36.
Then South Lakes, which hadn't been able to get into its running game, strayed from man-to-man defense and went to a trapping, half-court defense.
"It cut down their shots," said South Lakes Coach Wendell Byrd. The result was a quicker pace and a big South Lakes lead. The Seahawks shot 12 of 19 for the quarter, while holding the Chargers to five of 16.
"We work 20 seconds and miss a layup and they come down and hit a three-pointer," said Martino. "It's frustrating."