BETHESDA — It was a scrappy win for the visiting Paint Branch Panthers against the Whitman Vikings in girls’ basketball, but one that ended in dominant fashion with a narrow 74-65 win.
The Panthers are one of the top teams in the county, while Whitman is a solid mid-table squad, but before halftime it seemed as if the roles were reversed.
Slick passing from the Vikings disoriented the Panthers, and the Vikings’ speedy play helped them gain an edge over the visitors to go into the second quarter with a 21-15 lead.
However, the fluid play came at the cost of a rigid defense that gave up plenty of fouls. Seven of the Panthers’ points in the first quarter came from the line.