"They were whipping us in the first half,'' Johnson said. "We didn't match their intensity and because of that, they felt they had an easy game. The first half was easy for them. I thought, 'I'm not going out like this.' We gave it our all. I couldn't be happier with the way we played in the second half. I'd be happier with a state championship, but I love these guys.''
Martinsburg, now spreading the offense and running clock on most possessions, bounced its lead back out to nine points at 51-42 by making the majority of its free throws (10 of 15 in the final quarter). Woodrow had one final surge left, though.
Johnson found Dai Dai Fortune with a nice pass, drawing a foul, and Fortune made both free throws to lower the margin to 51-49 with 1:37 to go.
Martinsburg milked the clock until Jalen Lewis was fouled at the 52-second mark and made one free throw to up the lead to three. When he missed the second, Woodrow's Brent Osborne landed the rebound, but as he tried to float at outlet pass downfloor, it was tipped by Jordan Robinson to Lewis, who sailed in for a layup and a 54-49 edge with 42 seconds left. That was the Bulldogs' only field goal of the fourth quarter.
The Eagles got three rushed shots on their next possession, but none fell and it was pretty much over.
Rogers noted that Martinsburg was in dire foul trouble as the end of the third quarter neared - three starters sitting with three personals and one with four. Grantham finished out the final three minutes playing with four subs as Woodrow embarked on its 14-0 run.
"I tried to keep the team together,'' Grantham said. "As seniors, we had to be leaders. We tried to keep our composure and win this championship we worked hard for.''
Neither team shot all that well - Martinsburg 35 percent and Woodrow 34, but the Bulldogs held a 41-32 edge in rebounds, including 18 offensive boards.
The Flying Eagles, who averaged about 70 points during their 19-game win streak, were held to their lowest total since their last loss 20 games ago.
"We showed a whole lot of heart,'' Kidd said, "but give Martinsburg credit. That's why they were No. 1 the whole year. They proved it tonight.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.