In its first trip to the state tournament, Walkersville dethroned defending champion DuVal behind a strong rebounding effort and the hot shooting of Koffi Harrison and Chelsea Trout, 40-32, for the Class 2A girls basketball title yesterday at UMBC's RAC Arena.
The Lions (24-1), from Frederick County, used a stingy man-to-man defense and a 27-15 advantage on the boards to hold the Tigers (21-3) at bay after building an 11-point halftime lead. Harrison scored seven of her 16 points in the first quarter, and Trout had nine of her 13 in the second quarter as the Lions pulled ahead 24-13 at the half.
The Tigers, who were seeking an eighth state title, rallied to within 30-25 late in the third quarter, but Harrison held 6-foot-1 center Jennifer Martin to just eight points - none in the fourth quarter. Harrison, a 5-9 senior forward, grabbed two key rebounds in the final quarter and her layup on a feed from Emily Lancaster with 34 seconds to go sealed the victory.
W-Tehan 2, Casadei 4, Trout 13, Harrison 16, Lancaster 5. Totals 16 8-14 40. D-Whitmire 10, Graves 6, S. Thomas 4, Johnson 2, J. Thomas 2, Martin 8. Totals 11 9-14 32. Half: W, 24-13.