Magruder Doubles Up Wootton; Looks Poised to Make State Championship Run
On Thursday evening Magruder showed why they are the class of Montgomery County basketball. They doubled up on Wootton, 82-40. At the half it was a 13 point ball game.
When these two teams met back on February 7th Magruder sharp shooter Nick Griffin tied a school record with 40 points. He also hit 10 triples in that game. Magruder knew that Wootton’s defense would be geared towards stopping the junior, who may quite be the best shooter in the state of Maryland. The problem for Wootton is that Magruder has a lot of options. While Griffin didn’t really get going on Thursday, the rest of the team was able to step up and put together a masterful performance.
Garland Owens continued to show why he is one of the best showstoppers Mo-C has seen in years. Thursday night marked Owens second highest point total in a game this season, 24. JJ Epps continues to defy the odds and prove the doubters wrong. The 5’4” point guard went for 14 points and 9 assists. Justin Witmer made the Patriots pay as well, scoring 11 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking a few shots. The colonel bench players continued to play their roles to perfection. Jon Bass contributed 8 points and Cameron Royster 4.
Wootton was never really in the ball game but it didn’t get out of hand until mid way through the third. Kyle Weissenberger and Willis Ibeh combined to score 24 points for the Patriots and give life to the team. Wootton had won five consecutive games coming into Thursday’s regional semi-final. Wootton has no reason to hold their heads low. Magruder is just a freak team that has been doing this to opponents all year. This Magruder team may soon start marking off the wins and set their sight on Springbrook’s Montgomery County record of 59 consecutive county victories that spanned over three seasons. That streak was ended by this very Magruder team on December 22nd of 2010. But before the colonels begin thinking about county records they have a state championship to win. And while their recent games have been test drives the real deal is coming soon. Churchill should provide a bit of a challenge in the regional championship.
But once Magruder gets to the Comcast Center it will be a different story. Standing in the 4A East, North, and South are teams such as North Point, Arundel, Suitland, Eleanor Roosevelt, Springbrook, and Sherwood. Magruder has beaten some of these teams. There is one team that not only have they not beat, but they’ve lost to. Last year North Point beat Magruder handily in the state semi-finals at the Comcast Center en route to winning a 4A state championship. The majority of that North Point team is returning this year and if North Point and Magruder both win their next two games the rematch with the 2012 state chip on the line will be one of the most anticipated games in a while.