By John Harvey
9:01 PM EST, February 28, 2014
ETTRICK -- For the second year in a row, Walsingham Academy’s boys basketball team’s season ended in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state semifinals.
Thon Maker scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and added five blocks as the Carlisle School defeated the Trojans 56-41 Thursday.
Maker, a 7-foot-1 sophomore center, is the No. 1-ranked high school prospect in the country by ESPN.com. He did nothing to disappoint, scoring 15 points in the first half.
Walsingham (23-8) didn’t shy away from the big man and took the ball right at him in the early going. Braden Sutton, a 6-foot-2 forward, scored seven points in the first three minutes as the Trojans led 9-7 with 5:15 left in the opening quarter.
That would be Walsingham’s last lead of the game, as Maker scored seven points, including his lone dunk of the game, as the Chiefs built a 20-15 lead.
Carlisle School did a great job of defending in half-court sets, forcing Walsingham to work for any basket it made. Fatigue showed as the Trojans committed five turnovers in the second quarter and were limited to just two field goals.
Offensively, Maker scored five points in the quarter and Kaleb Johnson added four as the Chiefs led 31-19 at intermission.
Walsingham trimmed the lead to nine points twice in the second half, the latest coming on a three-point play from Sutton with 5:31 to cut the lead to 46-37. The momentum was short-lived as Johnson scored six points and Kevin Cuesta added another bucket to put the game away.
Kaleb Johnson finished with 14 points and Eric Johnson finished with 13 more for Carlisle.
Sutton led all scorers with 21 points. Billy Barnes scored 13 points for Walsingham in his final high school game. Kai Brown tallied four points and Miguel Kissoon finished with two.
Carlisle will play Christchurch in Saturday’s championship game at 2 p.m.
Harvey can be reached at 757-345-2352.
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