Batman always got to drive the Batmobile, Barack Obama has Air Force One at his constant disposal, and Michael Jordan was ... well, Michael Jordan.

But let's face it, Robin did his fair share to save Gotham City. Joe Biden is a smart guy who provides comic relief. And does even Jordan win six rings without Scottie Pippen by his side?

Headliners needs their sidekicks — even a superhero, the leader of the free world, and His Airness. Where would the three Peninsula District teams still playing on semifinal Sunday be without theirs?

Hampton has the electrifying Anthony Barber, one of the best point guards in the nation, but it's Jordan Baker who had the buzzer beater in Wednesday's Eastern Region quarterfinals. Kecoughtan has Rodney Bullock, arguably the most-skilled big man the district has ever had, but Greg Alexander could be the state's best shooter.

And while Adrienne Motley is accounting for 40 percent of Woodside's scoring, it was Aianna Kelly who scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half to lead the Wolverines late surge past Grassfield.

They don't get as much pub, but they can be just as valuable.

"I think of myself as the leader behind the leader, if that's a good way to say that," Alexander said. "Rajay's the best player in the state, I believe, and it's great playing with him. I'm happy with that role because he's the man."

Alexander moved here prior to his junior year from Michigan, where he says the talent level wasn't on par with the PD. He was the Warriors' third option last season behind Bullock and Josh Fortune and averaged 6.5 points a game.

Yet East Carolina saw enough potential to offer, and he accepted over the summer. And this season, he's scoring 15.6 points a game. At 6-foot-4 and with nice elevation, he's is a tough matchup for anyone.

"Greg is a sidekick to Rajay, but the way Rajay is playing, anybody would be a sidekick to him," Kecoughtan coach Ivan Thomas said. "Greg is capable of being the man himself. It's amazing to watch him play because everybody knows he's going to shoot. But he can get his shot off anywhere on the floor under pressure."

Barber is not only the reigning Group AAA Player of the Year, he's the Crabber's unquestioned leader. He was outstanding during Hampton's state championship run last season, but Baker was Mr. Clutch.

It was his 3-pointer with 1:09 left that turned around last year's region quarterfinal against Nansemond River. He added a steal and two free throws to make sure the lead held. In the state championship win over Petersburg, Baker hit a dagger three to stop a Petersburg run that had tied the game late in the third quarter.

But nothing touches what he did Wednesday night. With the Crabbers trailing Landstown 49-48 and 8.4 seconds remaining, Baker went the length of the court after Sammie Royal's rebound for an awkward, flinging layup that beat the buzzer.

Baker missed 11 of his 15 shots that night, but the one that mattered most dropped.

"I just like those situations," said Baker, who signed with Old Dominion. "When I used to play video games, I always held the ball so I could shoot a buzzer beater. I love doing that. I thrive under that. You could say I live for it."

And then there's Kelly, who is not as natural a scorer as Alexander or Baker. But with her athleticism and court savvy, you could argue she's the glue of the team. She has a different gear, physically and mentally, in the postseason.

In Thursday's 54-45 win over Grassfield, Kelly scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half. That included a three-point play on a drive that put the Wolverines ahead 43-39 with 3:54 left. She finished with 10 rebounds, eight on the offensive end, and four steals.

"She's one of the best guards around," Woodside coach Mike Tallon said. "And defensively, she might be the best guard I've ever coached. She just plays hard. She never complains and works and works and works."

Defense is her forte, but her offense has improved. She's averaging 10.6 points a game, which helps take some of the burden off Motley. She also assumes much of the ball-handling duty, which frees up Motley to get in position for shots.

With Alecia Bell no longer around, Kelly was asked to boost her scoring.