GAITHERSBURG — Two days after orchestrating a comeback victory against the Sherwood Warriors, the visiting Gaithersburg Lady Trojans varsity girls basketball team overcame an 18-point deficit Friday only to fall short against the home team Quince Orchard Cougars at Thomas R. Kautz Memorial Gymnasium, the final score 49-47.
A defensive battle raged in the first quarter as both teams turned the ball over several times. However, neither squad was able to translate its defensive efforts to the scoreboard.
The Cougars contained Gaithersburg senior guard Jordan Odom in the first half and kept her from sinking any buckets. In fact, the Trojans scored just four points in the second quarter.
Odom’s dominant second-half performance canceled out her unproductive first half as she led all scorers with 15 points on the evening. Quince Orchard junior forward Destini Kelley registered 14 points, including a first-half buzzer-beater at the top of the arc that sent the Cougars to the locker room with an 18-point lead.
The Gaithersburg team that emerged from the break seemed drastically different from the lackluster squad of the first half.