Meade's dream season ended on a nightmare in the final three minutes as Largo (22-4) of Prince George's County won the state Class 4A championship at Cole Field House, 82-70.
It was a battle of two schools that never had won a state title.
Down by 16 in the third period, the Mustangs (21-5) of coach Butch Young cut the margin to nine to start the final period, trailing 65-56.
With senior swingman Danny Sancomb (24 points) playing his heart out and scoring eight points in the third period, the Mustangs got within striking range and pulled within one point at 69-68 with 3:07 left.
Largo then went on a 9-0 run to put the Mustangs away. Arnett Young, a 6-4 senior forward, led the Lions with 28 points and 15 rebounds.
Fourth-seeded Meade, an upset winner by 79-69 over top-seeded Springbrook (20-5) in the semifinals, was attempting to become the first Anne Arundel County team to win a state title since Annapolis in 1990 and only the eighth since the state went to the four enrollment classifications in 1961.
Annapolis also won it in 1974, Arundel in 1965, and Southern has won four state titles in 1973, '81, '83 and '86.
Meade could not stop Largo's 6-foot-4 senior forward, Arnett Young, in the first half. Young controlled the game in the paint for the Lions, scoring 13 of his 19 points (11 in the second period) on offensive rebounds.
The Lions had a decided edge on the boards, outrebounding the Mustangs 22-13 in the first half and 46-22 in the game with Young grabbing nine (15 total).
Defensively, the Lions' matchup zone prevented the Mustangs from spreading their offense and utilizing their normal balanced scoring between their top two scorers.
Meade's leading scorer, senior guard Derek Barrett (18.9 average), did not score until nearly a minute into the second period. Barrett took only one shot in the first period, but had 11 points, including a three-pointer in the second.
Sancomb scored eight first-period points, but had only two in the second period as Largo built its lead to eight points, 45-37, before the end of the half.
Meade cut it to 45-43 at halftime, but the Lions went on a 14-0 run, which was aided by five Mustangs turnovers. Largo had a 16-point lead (59-43) to start the third period.
This was the Mustangs' third trip to the final four, their first in the finale. In 1983 and in 1988, they were eliminated in the semifinals.
Largo last made the final four in 1976 for the second straight season -- the only other times in school history. This year's team is the first to make it to the final, and it got there by upsetting No. 2 seed (20-5) High Point, 83-76.
Since the MPSSAA established the 4A classification in 1988, Largo is the fourth team from Prince George's County to win the title.