It had been quite some time since the Greater Grace Christian Academy had won the Maryland Christian Athletic League championship.
Some said too long.
"I thought we were going to be like Duke or something," said forward Jimmy Carter. "It's tough to go all that time without winning."
Carter scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Greater Grace to a 51-39 win over Lanham Christian Acad MACL championships
emy before a standing-room-only crowd last night at Essex Community College.
The win broke a string of four consecutive title-game losses for the Greyhounds, who last won in 1988. It also provided the fitting ending to a season in which the Greyhounds lost seven of their first eight games before winning 13 of their final 14.
"This team has worked harder than any team I've had," said Greyhounds coach Pat Crotty. "Tonight, we had a total team effort. It feels really, really good."
The Greyhounds did it with defense, holding Lanham (7-3) to 16 percent shooting from the field and forcing 32 turnovers.
Leading 9-5 at the start of the second quarter, Greater Grace used an aggressive defense in a 10-0 run that gave the Greyhounds a 19-5 lead midway through the quarter.
From then on the Greyhounds weren't challenged. They led by as many as 15 before the Lions pulled to seven back early in the fourth quarter.
Joel Brown scored 13 points for the Greyhounds.
Jonathon Rogers and Terry Marrow each had 12 points for Lanham.
In the girls championship game played earlier in the night, Heidi Krum scored a game-high 23 points to pace the New Life Christian Academy of Frederick to a 39-29 win over Greater Grace.
New Life (12-0) jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Starlynn Beckhaus scored 13 points to lead Greater Grace, which shot just 3-for-16 from the foul line.