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For just the second time this season, Walsingham Academy met a team they could not overcome.
The Trojans lost to Woodson (Washington, D.C.) 67-52 during the Tri-City Holiday Classic at Prince George on Monday.
Walsingham Academy fell into a trap Coach Billy Barnes was trying to avoid this season: relying too heavily on Richard Washington to carry the team in tough games.
Washington was responsible for 14 of Waslsingham’s 21 first-half points and finished the game with almost half (25) of Walsingham’s total points.
The scoring contrasts between the two teams was apparent early as Woodson spread the ball around and got production from multiple players.
That production is what vaulted Woodson to a 31-21 halftime lead over the Trojans.
Jaylin Stewart scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to give Walsingham an added scoring option outside of Washington, but a lack of production from the rest of the team proved too much to overcome.
Despite their best efforts, the Trojans were unable to keep pace with the Woodson offense and ultimately fell by a season-high 15 points.
Waslingham (10-2) will play in the consolation round of the Tri-City Holiday Classic tomorrow against an opponent that has not been determined.
Walsingham: 10 11 16 15 — 52
Woodson: 16 15 18 18 — 67
Walsingham: Washington 25, West 3, Demodna 15, Vicentic 9
Woodson: Washington 9, Montgomery 15, Boyd 13, Chambliss 15, Melos 2, Walker 13
3-point goals: Walsingham 6 (Washington 5, West), Woodson 7 (Washington, Boyd 2, Chambliss 3, Walker)
WCA Defeats HRA in Bishop Sullivan Holiday Tournament
Williamsburg Christian Academy had well-rounded scoring efforts from its players as the Eagles defeated Hampton Roads Academy 73-60 during Monday’s Bishop Sullivan Holiday Tournament.
For a team that has struggled to find consistency throughout the season, HRA was up to the task of taking down a talented and explosive WCA squad.
Behind 10 first-half points from Clay Wingfield and nine first-half points from Anthony Picott, the Navigators were able to hang tight with WCA through the first three quarters of play.
No one player took over the game for WCA on the offensive end of the court as five players scored in double figures for the Eagles, led by Cle’Von Greene’s 15 points.
Leading 46-43 heading into the fourth quarter, WCA began pulling away thanks to a free throw advantage resulting from a slashing style of play.
With free throws leading to easy points, WCA managed to pull away from HRA for a 13-point win that was less comfortable than the scoreboard might indicate.
WCA (8-1) and HRA (3-4) will both continue play in the Bishop Sullivan Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.
WCA: 13 20 13 27 — 73
HRA: 13 19 11 17 — 60
WCA: D. Cook 9, Duncan 14, Brown 12, R. Cook 10, Greene 15, Green 13
HRA: Humphrey 6, Wingfield 10, Hart 20, Picott 20, Mather 2, Phillips 2
3-point goals: WCA 2 (D. Cook, Brown), HRA 6 (Humphrey 2, Wingfield 2, Hart, Picott)