Meade stampede to 4A Title
Meade offensively came out aggressive but just could not find the net in the first half, shooting just 28% from the overall field and 17% from beyond the arc. However, due to the aggression of their offense they were able to get to the FT line knocking down 15 out of 21 free throws to hold a 32-20 lead. Meade junior, Josh Qualls was in sync early scoring 8 first half points.
The defense of the Mustangs was stifling in the first half holding Bethesda to just 20 points shooting just 23% contesting every shot and putting their opponents in bad spots making it difficult to score.
Second half was a completely different story, as the Mustangs picked up their offense as an entire team shooting 44% from the field with seven players ending up with at least seven points. Meade lived on the free throw line going 23 out of 32. Between knocking down shots and getting to line, the Mustangs simply ran Bethesda out the gym, Josh Qualls ended with a game high 16 points.
Bethesda Chevy Chase came into this game on a hot streak, trying to end the schools 31-year State Championship drought. The Barons did a good job breaking the press of Meade, but once the press was broke, there was no capitalization from it. Bethesda struggled in the first half shooting just 23% but managed to get to the free throw line knocking down 10 out of 17 to prevent a 20-point deficit, trailing 32-20 at half. Part of the struggle was due to the absence of Barons star Kevin Holston who received 3 fouls in the first half.