Wootton Survives Late WJ Run to Advance in 4A State Playoffs
Wootton basketball and Walter Johnson basketball were about as evenly matched as two teams can be. They split during the regular season, Wootton winning by four and Walter Johnson winning by five. Wootton entered the game 13-9 while WJ was 11-9.
The only factor that one may overlook when comparing the two teams was that one of WJ’s leading scorers, and best all around best players, wasn’t with the team any more. Since his departure the Wildcats have gone 2-3 and their offense has suffered. Wootton, who had home court advantage for the game was certainly the favorite. It was evident from the start that WJ was desperately missing some of the offense that their star once provided. Walter Johnson scored only nine points in the first half and looked very apathetic in doing so. At the break Wootton led by a score of 27-9.
Whatever WJ coach Mark Karver said at half time worked because the Wildcats mounted an incredible comeback leaving Patriot fans stunned. WJ outscored Wootton 35-21 in the second half and cut the lead down to a one possession game multiple times in the fourth quarter. They were unable to take a lead and Wootton held on for a 48-44 victory. Wootton was led by Eddie Tsao’s 13 points. Benjy Sokobin and Willis Ibeh added 10 each. Antonio Frazier led WJ with 12. With the victory Wootton will face Richard Montgomery who defeated Blair on Friday in a down to the wire thriller. The winner of that game should face Montgomery County powerhouse Magruder.