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B-CC Barons hand RM girls first loss of the season, 61-55

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B-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Caitlyn Clendenin saved the best for last.

The senior finished with a game-high 22 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team to a 61-55 win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the regular season finale.

It was a special moment for Clendenin and her senior classmates as B-CC handed visiting Richard Montgomery their first loss of the season on Senior Night.

“It feels really good,” said Clendenin. “Some of my friends were on that team so it was exciting to play against them and have a little friendly competition with them and obviously exciting to get the win as well.”

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B-CC Barons crush Northwood Gladiators in girls basketball, 75-28

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B-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH 

BETHESDA — In the midst of a tight race for the number one seed in the playoffs, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team didn’t let the visiting Northwood Gladiators get in the way, handily defeating them 75-28.

“We had to be relentless on defense and keep our intensity up,” Barons points guard Charlotte Lowndes said.

In the first game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the Barons scored the first basket, and the Gladiators quickly got one of their own to tie the score at two. However, that 2-2 score was the closest Northwood ever would come to the lead. B-CC quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and soon left Northwood in their dust.

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Clarksburg girls hoops team hangs on to beat Wootton 55-50

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Clarksburg's Miki Howson (#10) turns the corner on Wootton's Zoey Goldberg (#5). Clarksburg would go on to win against Wootton 55-50.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHClarksburg's Miki Howson (#10) turns the corner on Wootton's Zoey Goldberg (#5). Clarksburg would go on to win against Wootton 55-50.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — When the visiting Clarksburg Lady Coyotes varsity girls basketball team took the court Monday against the Wootton Patriots, one player – senior and key scorer Sunny Paul – was conspicuously absent, remaining on the bench with her leg wrapped in a Clarksburg blue cast, the evidence of a season-ending injury sustained three days ago in a losing effort against Gaithersburg.

Paul’s injury motivated the Coyotes to band together and make a last-minute push to defeat the Patriots 55-50 and improve to 15-2.

“The kids rallied together and played great team basketball,” said Clarksburg head coach Sissy Natoli. “When you have a senior and four-year veteran go down, you don’t know who’s going to step it up. We had a lot of different players step it up. It was nice to see.”

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B-CC boys earn ninth straight win, defeating hoops rival Whitman

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Elijah Wood (#3) goes up for a dunk in the game against Whitman. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH B-CC Barons' Elijah Wood (#3) goes up for a dunk in the game against the Whitman Vikings. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Bethesda-Chevy Chase senior Gordon Gibson scored 26 points against the Whitman Vikings boys varsity basketball team when the visiting B-CC Barons faced them on Jan. 2. On Tuesday, Gibson dropped 22 points against the Barons’ arch-rivals, leading B-CC to its ninth straight win, a 65-47 victory over Whitman.

“It’s been awesome,” B-CC head coach Sean Tracy said of the winning streak. “Just trying to chase perfection, trying to sustain it and maintain it. There’s no reason why we can’t continue to win. There’s no rule that states that you have to lose.”

B-CC and Whitman came into the game going in opposite directions. The Barons entered as winners of eight straight in-County games, while Whitman was in the midst of a two-game losing streak, and a sub .500 record.

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RM Rockets stay undefeated after blasting QO Cougars in girls hoops, 57-32

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Quince Orchard's Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by Richard Montgomery's Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  QO Cougars' Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by RM Rockets' Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24) during the Friday night game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team scored another victory with a 57-32 win over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars on Friday night, remaining undefeated at 13 wins.

“We don’t really feel the pressure on that way as a team, because we just enjoy the process, but we just take it one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead,” said Rockets head coach Mike Oakes about the expectation of keeping the streak alive.

The record shows the Rockets as a strong team this season but the game against the Cougars had some tense moments, especially at the beginning.

But senior guard Karon Williams, center Nusaibah Rashad and forward Melanie Osborne made an onslaught of buckets to make up for a rocky start.

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