Landry-Walker’s visiting crowd was extremely boisterous as Warren Easton’s Kiana Anderson got ready to shoot free throws with 40 seconds left and the Eagles trailing by a point.
Anderson, a 6-foot freshman, made the first one, then put her right index finger to her lips.
She calmly made the second one, too.
The free throws were the game’s last points as the Eagles held on for a 59-58 victory Monday night.
“Noise doesn’t bother me,” said Anderson, who attended Behrman Middle School, near Landry-Walker on the West Bank. “I knew I was going to make both of them.”
Anderson scored 11 points. Nicola Haroon had a team-high 14, and Kechelle Figueroa had 13.
In a game between former District 9-4A rivals, Easton (14-8), the defending Class 4A state champion, beat Landry-Walker (20-2) for the second time. The Eagles topped the Charging Buccaneers 50-48 in the championship of the St. Mary’s tournament on the day before Thanksgiving.
Easton is ranked eighth in 4A. Landry-Walker, now in District 8-5A, is 13th in 5A.
On Monday, Landry-Walker had a chance to take the lead with 25 seconds left. But Brianna Williams, who scored 18 points, missed a shot in the lane against aggressive defense. The Charging Buccaneers had a final chance with 2.4 seconds left, but Jomyra Mathis’ long shot off an out-of-bounds play rimmed out.
The Bucs’ Dajuana Griffin also had 18 points.
“We missed too many free throws and too many shots (in the lane),” Landry-Walker coach Lester Washington said. “We fought hard, but we got off to a slow start and had to fight all the way back.”
Easton shot to a 15-4 first-quarter lead behind its defense as the presence and rebounding of Anderson and Keiara Williams, a 6-foot center, made it difficult for Landry-Walker to score inside.
But led by Brianna Williams’ 10 points, the Bucs came storming back to 32-30 at halftime.
Easton led 47-41 at the end of the third quarter. It pushed the margin to 53-43 at 5:24 of the fourth after Figueroa and Anderson each sank two free throws on consecutive possessions.
Landry-Walker came back behind its matchup zone. Mathis sank a long 3-pointer with 4:28 left that started the Bucs on a 13-2 run that tied the score at 55 with 3:09 left.
Alexis Handy’s 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Bucs their first lead, at 58-57, with 58 seconds left.
“Coach Washington and I have a long history together, and the games are always close,” Easton coach Darius Mimms said. “We have a young team that is learning to win after experiencing success last season.”