Saturday, March 08, 2014 2:59 PM
Published on: Thursday, January 30, 2014
By Brandy L. Simms
CLARKSBURG – In a battle of 4A West division rivals, Gaithersburg junior Anthony Tarke scored a game-high 24 points Friday to lead the Trojans to a 97-80 road win over Clarksburg.
The win helped Gaithersburg improve to 12-1 and cemented their position amongst the county’s elite. The victory also marked Gaithersburg’s second win over the Coyotes this season.
The Trojans earned a 24-point victory over Clarksburg on December 20 during their first meeting in Gaithersburg.
“We knew it was hard to beat a team twice so we couldn’t come in here complacent or content about our first victory,” said Tarke, the Trojans’ leading scorer this season, “so we knew that we had to play harder than we did before.”
Tarke led three Gaithersburg players in double figures; Dion Etheridge scored 20 points and Aaron King added 15 points.
Meanwhile, Clarksburg was led by senior Xavier Sewell who finished with 23 points. Andrew Kostecka scored 20 points and Josh Hardy finished with 10 points for the Coyotes.
Gaithersburg led 25-13 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 35 points in the third quarter. The Trojans had a hot shooting night and rarely missed.
“We stuck to our game plan,” said Gaithersburg first-year head coach Tom Sheahin. “We wanted to pick them up at the beginning of the game. We didn’t want the score to be in the 50’s. We wanted to be in the 80’s.”
In the evening nightcap, the Gaithersburg girls defeated Clarksburg, 68-50, behind a game-high 27 points including eight 3-pointers from senior Christine Mabry and 23 points from classmate Janessa Fauntroy. Clarksburg was led by sophomore Kaylan Jackson’s 16 points.