J.J. Epps was the hero of third-ranked Magruder’s Maryland 4A championship run, leading the Colonels in scoring in the state semifinal and final games and hitting the big shots. The 5-foot-4 junior point guard scored six of his 16 points in overtime in the semis, then made the game-winning and game-clinching free throws in a 39-36 victory over 10th-ranked Eleanor Roosevelt in Saturday’s championship game.
Epps, though, was able to celebrate for little more than 12 hours. When he woke up Sunday morning, his left foot still hurt and his father took him to the doctor’s, where X-rays revealed a broken bone. Epps had been injured in the closing seconds Saturday when he was fouled by a Roosevelt player and landed awkwardly.
“What a kid. He limped to the side and I said, ‘J.J., do you want me to put Matt [Ricketts] in?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m all right,’ ” Magruder Coach Dan Harwood said Monday. “He’s on crutches today and he’s going back to the doctor to find out how long he’s going to have his foot in a cast.”