Indian Head, MD – Last Friday, Feb. 15, the (14-5) Lackey Chargers hosted the (13-4) Westlake Wolverines for what concluded in a single score, back and forth, overtime contest.

The game began with Lackey jumping out to an early lead. Junior forward Eric Rowland scored eight-points in the first-period and held Westlake’s leading scorer, Cameron Tweedy, to only two points. The Chargers carried that momentum into the half along with an eight-point lead over their county rivals. Wolverines head coach Ed Mouton expressed his dissatisfaction at his team’s seven missed layups in the first-half, stating, “We’re getting there but just aren’t finishing.”

Their backs against the wall, Westlake came out in the third period shooting much better. Scoring efficiently, the Wolverines went on a 9-0 run to finish out the final three minutes of the third period, taking their first lead since the beginning of the game. “Westlake’s a really good team, they switched to a zone in the second half, forcing us into some bad threes,” Lackey head coach Sean Fox explained was part of the comeback effort for the Wolverines.

With a one-point lead going into the final period, both teams traded blows and traded the lead six times. With a little over a minute left, the Chargers were able to tie the game up at 53-points apiece. Before the end of that last minute, both teams were granted chances to walk away with a win but failed to do so. Westlake opened the extra play with five-points coming from juniors Cameron Tweedy and Stanley Harley, both captains for the team. With the game on the line, Lackey’s seniors took over, Amareay Walters answered to a Wolverines’ charge with a three of his own, and Rasheed Cooley scored the game’s final seven points from the foul line. “We’ve been in situations like this all season,” Fox stated, “We get a lead and they make their punch, we withstood it and were able to get a W.” Fox acknowledged the play of all three seniors, crediting them with “four straight stops,” locking down Westlake’s scorers to win the game.

Coach Mouton was disappointed with his guys who forced “poor shots” at the end of the game, not using what “got [them] back in the game” by penetrating and instead opting to shoot three-pointers. The team was 5 for 27 from beyond the arc and only shot 62 percent from the free throw line. Tweedy was able to produce for the Wolverines in spite of the loss, scoring 21-points, snagging 12 rebounds, and blocking six shots. “I knew it was going to be a battle,” finished Mouton, “These last four games, including Lackey, are going to prepare us for the playoffs.” Westlake closes out the season with (16-6) North Point, (12-9) Huntingtown, and finish against (16-4) St. Charles. Westlake fell to (14-5) following the loss.

Lackey and Coach Fox are “hopeful” for a playoff run. “Last year we were a little young, this year we have a lot more experience, we haven’t played a game that wasn’t tight. I think we have a really good chance to make a run. We just have to continue to grind and get better.”

Prior to the contest, Lackey honored their three seniors (Amareay Walters, Kinard Mack, and Rasheed Cooley) for senior night. Cooley expressed that he just wants the underclassman to “keep the legacy going. Continue to work hard and want to be great.”
Lackey improved to 15-5 following the win and will finish up the season against Great Mills before looking towards the playoffs.

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