Shamara Adams's layup with 2.7 seconds remaining last night lifted the Great Mills girls' basketball team past Lackey, 43-42, to give the Hornets their second Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Championship in three seasons.
Lackey -- looking for its first conference title since 1978 -- led 42-41 with 9.5 seconds left, but missed two free throws to give visiting Great Mills enough time for a last shot. Ashley Lindsey pushed the ball upcourt and, just as a pair of Lackey defenders collapsed on her in the lane, she spotted Adams open on the right side for a swooping layup.
"Ashley brought the ball downcourt and I thought she was going to take the shot, but she dished it to me and I wanted to win, so we had to do what we had to do," Adams said.
Great Mills (20-2, 15-1) owns an 18-game winning streak, and likely none of those games provided the test the team faced last night. Simone Williams scored a team-high 12 points for Lackey, which led by as many as 10 points midway through the second quarter and trailed by no more than two at any point.
But the Hornets' usually stout defense came through -- they limited Lackey (18-4, 14-2) to just 10 points in the second and third quarters combined -- and a season-high 16 points from Megan Matheny kept them close for much of the game.
"I wasn't aware of how long it's been since Lackey won," Matheny said. "But we were coming in here taking that SMAC title."
Great Mills 43, Lackey 42Running the Table -- Almost:Great Mills opened the season with a loss to Westlake, then won 15 straight conference games.
Rubber Match:Lackey won the first meeting, a nonconference game, in December. The two teams could meet again in the 3A South Region semifinals.