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Paul VI Panthers cage Good Counsel Falcons in girls basketball, 63-51

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Paul VI's Amira Collins (#23) leaves Good Counsel's Rayne Tucker (#12) flatfooted at the tip off.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH Paul VI's Amira Collins (#23) leaves Good Counsel's Rayne Tucker (#12) flatfooted at the tip off. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  OLNEY — The visiting Paul VI Panthers girls’ basketball team came to cage the Good Counsel Falcons, handing the home team a 63-51 defeat.

Despite a strong start by the Falcons, they could not withstand the constant offensive barrage from the Panthers’ three highest scorers.

Panthers junior guard Ashley Owusu had an outstanding night as she posted 19 points, while guard Jenna Hayes – also a junior – scored 16, with senior guard Kate Klimkiewicz contributing 13 points.

Klimkiewicz was especially beyond the three-point line, draining a trio of three-point buckets.

“All the great players that I’ve ever coached make the players around them better, and that’s one thing Ashley [Owusu] is doing a good job of,” said Panthers head coach Scott Allen.

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Churchill Lady Bulldogs dominate Sherwood in girls b-ball, 59-34

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W DSC6098 1Cat Correa (22) of the Churchill Lady Bulldogs crosses into the lane under pressure from a Sherwood player.     PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  POTOMAC — The Churchill Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball team once again fulfilled their goal of holding opponents to less than 35 points a game on Friday as they soundly defeated the visiting Sherwood Warriors, 59-34.

The 35-point threshold exists thanks to a theory by head coach Kate Blanken that suggests keeping opponents below that mark will allow the Lady Bulldogs to win games.

So far, so good.

The plan worked against a 1-1 Sherwood team that struggled to score just one bucket in the entire first half, other than 12 points at the free throw line.

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Longtime girls head basketball coach at Damascus steps down after two decades at the helm

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xSteve PisarskiDamascus girls basketball coach Steve Pisarski steps down after 20 years. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  Steve Pisarski, the longtime girls’ head basketball coach at Damascus High School, has decided to step down from his post after two decades at the helm.

Pisarski, a Springbrook graduate, compiled more than 400 wins while coaching girls’ high school basketball in Montgomery County, including a short stint at his alma mater.

Pisarski, a resource teacher at Damascus, received a job promotion that prompted the move, he said.

“That threw another thing on my plate,” said Pisarski, who is now the Physical Education Department chair at Damascus. “That’s enough work in and of itself.”

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All-Sentinel girls basketball team named

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Co-Coach of the Year – Steve Pisarski, Damascus

A longtime coach in Montgomery County, Pisarski guided the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 20-4 record in his final season at the helm of the program and compiled more than 400 wins during a tenure that lasted nearly three decades.

Co-Coach of the Year – Donita Adams, Watkins Mill

A Montgomery County product, Adams, who once played for Pisarski at Damascus, guided the Wolverines to a 13-win season including an appearance in the region championship game after registering just four wins in her first season at the helm.

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Whitman Girls Capture 4A West Crown

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Whitman girls 4A Champs -3-2017Isabel Manzano, a Whitman senior goes up for an uncontested layup against Gaithersburg in the 4A- West finals. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH 

SILVER SPRING – The Whitman varsity girls basketball team claimed its second 4A West championship in two years Saturday after throttling Gaithersburg 69-46 at the Nelson H. Kobren Memorial Gym at Blair High School.

Gaithersburg got on the board first but the rest of the first half belonged to Whitman as the Vikings dropped 44 points on the Trojans.

Whitman guard Abby Meyers led all scorers with 26 points in three quarters of play.

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Magruder girls defeat Blake and move on in the playoffs

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Magruder vs. Blake 1Magruder guard Laila Grant (5), who had a team high score of 22 points, brings the ball upcourt. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Magruder varsity girls basketball team had a rough practice a few days before opening their postseason Friday at home against Blake.

Colonels head coach Kashauna Cook said her team learned how to persevere during that difficult practice that involved running sprints for over an hour.

Cook’s team test couldn’t have come at a better time. Magruder’s newfound perseverance was tested against a third quarter Blake surge that saw the Bengals pull within one point.

However, the Colonels refused to be ‘one and done’ in the playoffs and held on to beat Blake 57-46.

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Good Counsel girls fall to McNamara in regular season finale

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OLNEY – Senior Night was supposed to be a celebratory evening for the Good Counsel girls varsity basketball team.

The Falcons hoped to honor their six seniors and close out the regular season on a high note by grabbing a win Friday night at the Kane Center.

The Mustangs of Bishop McNamara, however, had other plans.

The squad from Forestville built on an early lead and finished strong, defeating Good Counsel 64-55.

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Tigers Falter But Whitman Comeback Attempt Falls Short

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POTOMACA formula for winning basketball games on any level is good team defense, limiting turnovers and hitting foul shots.

When the Connelly of the Holy Child Girls Varsity Basketball Tigers (18-1) beat the Whitman Girls Vikings (24-3), 47-42, on Monday night at Holy Child gymnasium, this Tiger team played poorly on defense, did not limit its turnovers in the fourth quarter and was abysmal for most of the night from the foul line. Yet it still found a way to win.

The Tigers’ winning streak is up to 18, and it is one of the top teams in the metro area from the ISL, but Tigers head coach Jamie Ready had to address the foul shooting as the Tigers made only nine of 27 foul shots, almost snapping their winning streak. 

Ready knows her team has to figure this out moving forward. “You know it has been something we are definitely struggling with, and weve been working on it. … Like I said to them in the locker room, Im very proud of you. We found a way to win, and we got to figure out our foul shooting. We got to figure it out.”

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Whitman girls hold on against Churchill

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Whitman v. Churchill b-ball 1Winston Churchill’s Kamryn Testa, holds on to the ball as Elizabeth Holden of Whitman goes for an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

POTOMAC – Churchill Head Coach Kate Blanken can’t wait for her 15-3 Bulldogs to play Whitman again.

The top two 4A South girls varsity basketball teams went head-to-head Friday in a matchup that could end up being a playoff preview.

Although the Vikings (16-2) emerged victorious 60-51, Blanken appeared unfazed by Churchill’s loss.

“I’m really happy with the way we played,” she said. “I can’t wait to play them in the playoffs…we’re pumped.”

And with good reason.

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Paint Branch cruises by Magruder 59-46

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JGS 9782Paint Branch’s Katerra Myers drives the ball down the court, guarded by Magruder's Lauren Pierce. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Paint Branch varsity girls basketball team has one goal in mind this season: win their division, win their region and go to states. 

The 10-4 Panthers have won nine of their last ten games and extended their five-game winning streak Thursday with a 59-46 victory against Magruder.

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