As Brian Metress and his Lake Braddock coaching staff walked back to the locker room before Friday’s Conference 7 final against W.T. Woodson, they pondered buzzer-beating scenarios. Which play would the Bruins call? Which player would the offense run through? Metress needed to have a plan in place beforehand.
“There was no way we were going to be able to communicate a play while it was going on,” he said.
The coaches decided that if such a situation came arose, they’d run “down-1.” Four Bruins would cling to the baseline, enabling senior Will Gregorits to work a 1-on-1 matchup. Trailing the Cavaliers 61-60 with 13 seconds left, they called it. Gregorits found enough of an alley to throw up a runner, and it fell. Woodson’s desperation heave rimmed out, sealing No. 19 Lake Braddock’s 62-61 win.
Senior forward John Nice led the Bruins (20-3) with 15 points.
Metress cited the schools’ rivalry and the difficulty of repeating as conference champs as caveats that made this win even sweeter.
“We’ve ended up on the right side all three [matchups this season], but it could’ve gone either way,” Metress said.
— Joey LoMonaco
Senior Amy Berglund scored 28 points and shot 8 for 11 from the foul line to help the No. 13 Spartans beat the No. 9 Titans for their third Va. Conference 7 title in four years.
“She was forced to sit after she got into foul trouble in the first half,” West Springfield coach Bill Gibson said of Berglund. “She sat most of the first quarter, but other players made plays and that’s how we got it done.”
Berglund scored 21 points in the first half and came within two points of matching her career high as she earned MVP honors in a physical matchup that saw West Springfield shoot 18 for 26 from the line.
Taylor Samuels chipped in 14 points for the Spartans (22-1). West Springfield pushed the lead to 13 points early in the fourth and T.C. Williams (19-6) was forced to foul in an attempt to rally. But the Spartans knocked down their free throws down the stretch for their second defeat of the Titans this season.
Titans junior Rejoice Spivey scored a team-high 15 points and Grace Peterson poured in 14 . West Springfield will host Fairfax in the first round of the region tournament Tuesday.
— Tariq Lee