Washington downs county rival Crisfield, advances to regional finals on Saturday
Princess Anne, Md.- With a game winning 3 from Tajahnay Williams, 17 total points, the Washington Lady Jags escape with a home win in the sectional finals and move on to regionals with the 57-52 win over Crisfield. The Crabbers ended their season with an 8-11 record, including two playoff wins.
The home team jumped out to an early lead capitalizing off of turnovers. Washington ending the first quarter on a 12-1 run took the 19-7 lead going into the second quarter. The Jags would carry a ten point lead for most of the quarter until Crisfield’s Evy Potter pulled up from the logo and drained a three, eclipsing 1,000 points for her career. Potter’s three cut the halftime Jaguar lead to just seven, 30-23.Washington’s Madison Carey led all scorers at the half with 10 points.
After an inspiring speech by Crisfield coach Bozman at the half, the Crabbers came out on fire going on a 7-2 run three minutes into the half. Behind a deep three and a tough lay up Kayla Collins, the Crabbers would take their first lead since the first minute of the game 33-32. The Jags would regain the lead headed into the final quarter up 38-36. The Crabbers would open up the 4th with a Lainie Pruitt three to take the 41-38 lead with just over six minutes to play. The final five minutes would feature 3 ties and 3 lead changes until a Jaguar free throw would tie us up at 49 with a minute to play.
In the final minute, turnovers would prove to be the downfall for the Crabbers much like in the first quarter. On the inbounds pass following the game tying free throw, Madison Carey would step in front of the pass and find Tajahnay Williams behind the arc and she hit what proved to be the game winning three with 40 seconds to play, sending Washington to the regional finals where they will host Coppin Academy this Saturday the 9th at 5 pm.