GAITHERSBURG – “It’s playoff time!” shouted Gaithersburg head coach Adrian McDaniel as his team took the court on Friday.
The postseason has indeed descended on high school varsity basketball and the Lady Trojans kicked off the first round when they hosted and defeated the Northwest Jaguars, 63-47 in a 4A West matchup.
The Trojans entered the game as the third seed and Northwest was the sixth seed. However, the Jaguars kept the game close in the first half until Gaithersburg tightened up its defense in the second half to kick Northwest out of the postseason.
At first, the Trojans appeared to have difficulty containing Northwest senior guard Khienya Benjamin, who drove through the lane repeatedly en route to 16 points. Gaithersburg managed to neutralize Benjamin in the second half and the Trojans dug a hole too large for the Jaguars to climb out of.