Lindsay Seawright scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and her Walt Whitman Vikings, after taking control over Howard in the fourth quarter, survived a last-minute comeback and escaped with a 38-36 victory in a Class 3A state semifinal last night at UMBC.
Seawright, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, showed the fourth-seeded Lions why she is headed to Wake Forest on a basketball scholarship
Offensively, she was unstoppable in the low post. Defensively, she led an assault on the boards that was too much for the smaller Lions (19-7).
Seawright nearly out-rebounded the Lions on her own. Howard had 20 rebounds and Whitman had 33.
And the Vikings (23-2) needed Seawright in the clutch. Howard, which went scoreless for nine minutes in the second half and trailed 34-27 following a hook shot by Seawright with 3:52 left, suddenly came alive with a 9-2 run that tied the score at 36 on a turnaround, baseline jumper by Sharon Ford with 33 seconds left.
Seawright then made a layup for the game-winner with 25 seconds left. She also rejected Mona Jackson's shot with eight seconds left, her fourth block, to secure the win.
"I didn't have the opportunity to see them, Howard, during the season but that is one good basketball team," said Whitman coach Kerry Ward. The Vikings will go after their first state championship tomorrow at 8 p.m. against Bladensburg.
Howard made its first trip to the state tournament.