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Quince Orchard girls fend off Gburg comeback to eke out 49-47 win

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Quince Orchard’s Anaya Bodmus drives over Gaithersburg's K.C. Ashiogwa to score two points.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEQuince Orchard’s Anaya Bodmus drives over Gaithersburg's K.C. Ashiogwa to score two points. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  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.

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Poolesville girls remain undefeated after victory over Damascus basketball team

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20180105 Poolesville Damascus Girls 3Poolesville's 6'2" Julia Hobbs beats Damascus players to a loose ball. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POOLESVILLE — The undefeated Poolesville Falcons on Friday continued to shoot their way into the history books by claiming the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets as their latest victims, with the final score 52-34, increasing the number in their win column to 10.

On paper, the Swarmin’ Hornets – a middle-of-the-table team with a 3-3-1 record – shouldn’t have been too much of a problem for the Falcons, who came into the game with nine straight wins.

“They’re arguably the best team in the county, and they’re tough," said Swarmin’ Hornets head coach Mike Warfield. "We had a hard time scoring against them because of their length, and we’re not tall."

Despite being outmatched, the Hornets managed to hold their own and keep the first half of the game close. In the first quarter, Damascus struck first and managed to go into the break ahead by one point, at 16-15.

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Churchill Bulldogs maul Wheaton Knights 50-20 in girls basketball

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Churchill High School freshman Parker Hill (#33) stuffed Wheaton High School's Caroline  Djukduel (#15) as she went up for a layup in the game played at Churchill Tuesday, January 2, 2018 which the Lady Bulldogs won decisively by a score of 50-20.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHChurchill's Parker Hill (#33) stuffs Wheaton Knights' Caroline Djukduel (#15) as she attempts a layup.The Churchill Bulldogs won by a score of 50-20. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  POTOMAC — It was over for the Wheaton Knights girls basketball team Tuesday night by the end of the first quarter as the Churchill Bulldogs started strong and never let off. In the end, the Bulldogs emerged triumphant against the Knights, the final score 50-20.

The night was a rough one for the Knights. They didn’t reach double digits on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter and made a total of nine points in the first three quarters of the game.

Up until a drastic about-face in the fourth quarter, the Knights scored two, three and four points in the first, second and third quarter, respectively. High pressure from the Bulldogs and missed buckets shackled the Knights throughout the game, but the turnovers fatally dented their armor.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were coasting throughout most of the game. By neutralizing the Knights’ star senior point guard Crystal Jones, they were able to maneuver more freely and leave the visitors scrambling to come up with a different plan of attack.

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B-CC girls’ basketball defeats Kennedy for CKA Tournament championship

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Sophia James (#22) shoots over John F. Kennedy High School's Daiyana Ayala (#5) in the CKA SAVE Project 2017 Holiday Tournament Final played at Howard Community College Wednesday December 27, 2017. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHB-CC Barons' Sophia James (#22) shoots over Kennedy Cavaliers' Daiyana Ayala (#5) in the CKA Holiday Tournament. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  COLUMBIA — From the opening tip to the final whistle of CKA SAVE Project 2017 Holiday Tournament championship game on Wednesday at Howard Community College, the Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons girls’ basketball team dominated the Kennedy Cavaliers, whom they defeated by a score of 67-31.

The game’s result was clear from the beginning of the game, as B-CC began the methodical process of building their lead in the first quarter, with an 11-2 run in the first four minutes of the game. The Lady Barons never looked back as they continued to build their advantage, and by the end of the first quarter, they increased their lead to 20-7.

Kennedy narrowed its deficit to five points during the second quarter when B-CC rested its starters, but Kennedy’s efforts were fruitless as B-CC held a 33-15 lead at the half.

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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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Wheaton girls neutralize Blake in basketball 50-41

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Wheatons Crystal Jones 13 drives the lane past Blakes Alexandra Konzmann 11. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWheaton's Crystal Jones (13) drives the lane past Blake's Alexandra Konzmann (11).    PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights held down the Blake Bengals in girls’ basketball to finish 50-41.

It was neck and neck throughout the entire game, as both teams had trouble putting points on the board. The Bengals had open shots in abundance but missed enough of them to impact their game.

“Shots are like rain, sometimes it drips, sometimes it pours, and we’re going to start having some things pour,” said Blake head coach Christopher Towle.

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Whitman girls basketball team steamrolls Kennedy

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Whitman Lady Vikings vs. Kennedy Cavaliers 12 18 17Whitman's Elyse Lowet leaves the Kennedy guard on the floor.                       PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFESILVER SPRING — Before the Whitman varsity girls basketball team returns to the court after a timeout, the players huddle together in a circle and shout just one word – a promise to rely on each other, to focus on the power of teamwork and chemistry. 

“Together!”

The Lady Vikings kept that promise to each other on Monday when they traveled to Kennedy High School and dismantled the winless Cavaliers, 75-30.

Three Vikings finished with double-digit points, a feat that appeared within reach in the first quarter when Whitman registered seven three-pointers. Three of the buckets came courtesy of senior guard Brooke Gumataotao, who led all scorers with 16 points.

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Northwest girls basketball team keeps Magruder winless

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Northwest Jaguars vs. Magruder ColonelsROCKVILLE — Basketball season may have just begun, but don’t tell that to the Magruder and Northwest girls varsity teams. The two squads clashed Tuesday in a hard-fought seesaw game that saw the visiting Northwest Jaguars pull away at the last minute and hand the Magruder Colonels their third loss, 53-49.

Both teams appeared evenly matched from the very first whistle and neither the Colonels nor the Jaguars trailed by more than four points during the course of the game. Magruder’s Laila Grant and Northwest’s Khienya Benjamin, both senior guards, traded highlight reel plays and finished as the highest scoring player on their respective teams. Grant registered 27 points and Benjamin wasn’t far behind with 20 points of her own.

Even though Northwest missed several big buckets that could have helped them pull away from Magruder, the Jaguars made up for their errors by stealing turnovers and grabbing rebounds.

Benjamin, however, wasn’t worried about the Colonels coming away with the victory.

“I have confidence in myself and I have confidence in my team and I know that we want to win,” she said. “I heard about [Grant] and she is a great player but we matched their intensity.”

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Despite shaky start, Churchill defeats Watkins Mill in girls basketball, 53-27

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. Watkins Mill WolverinesPOTOMAC — It was an interesting turn of events to see the Churchill Bulldogs win Monday night, 53-27, against the Watkins Mill Wolverines in girls basketball, given the Bulldogs’ shaky start to the game.

The Bulldogs are now 3-0, while the Wolverines have yet to earn their first win.

The result was made even more interesting when it was found out that the Bulldogs squad is made up of almost all underclassmen, with the exception of senior guard Abby Mazer and junior forward Kamryn Testa. Meanwhile the Wolverines had a healthy mix of different age groups.

The first quarter showed a Wolverines squad that was in sync and in control, as they drained bucket after bucket to come ahead 11-8 by the end of the first quarter.

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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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