BETHESDA – The undefeated Whitman varsity girls basketball team more than doubled up Blair, 66-37, Monday to improve to 5-0.
Several former players attended as the defending state champion Vikings celebrated Alumni Night by defensively overwhelming the Blazers (3-3) and holding them to just 10 points during the first half.
Senior forward and Princeton commit Abby Meyers led all scorers with 15 points in two quarters of play. Meyers’ sister and fellow senior forward Olivia Meyers wasn’t far behind as she amassed 12 points of her own.
Vikings head coach Peter Kenah said his team wanted to put on a special performance for the alumni in the crowd.
“Our ball movement felt like we had to make a highlight every single time down the court,” said Kenah. “It was so ragged from the way we usually play. Our defense calmed us down, and then we got back to sharing the ball.”
The Vikings’ defense forced turnover after turnover and dug a hole from which Blair couldn’t escape. The Blazers sacrificed accuracy in their wild scoring attempts and managed only three points during the second quarter.
Whitman showcased its precision from behind the arc as sophomores Leia Till and Elyse Lowet extended the Vikings’ lead with a three-point basket apiece.
The Blazers appeared to catch fire after five scoreless minutes when senior forward Lauren Frost broke free from the overwhelming Whitman defense and scored seven points. Frost finished the game with 12 points.
Blair senior guard Faith Sharp drove to the basket repeatedly and came away with six points of her own in the third quarter.
The Blazers pulled down rebounds and put points on the board but the Vikings continued to build on their 30-point lead and didn’t look back.
First-year Blair head coach Hayley Hollis said Whitman just outplayed her team.
“They’re a balanced team from top to bottom, and they don’t get frazzled easily,” she said. “We had some good offensive runs, but their runs beat our runs.”
Hollis said the Blazers still need time to find their rhythm.
“They’re still learning my system, and they’re still learning how to play as a team,” she said. “We just have to learn from it. It’s still December.”
It may be December, but according to Kenah, the defending state champion Vikings already have another state championship appearance at Towson University on their minds.
“The girls want to go back to Towson. We have to win our section and win our region,” said Kenah. “It’s a lot better when it’s a player-driven goal rather than a coach-driven goal, so that’s what they want to do.”
The Vikings will have to overcome several challenges in the upcoming months before a trip back to Towson can become a reality.
Whitman’s first test is Wednesday when the Vikings clash with undefeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
“We can’t play [how we played tonight] against B-CC,” said Kenah. “In a lot of ways, this game was a good test.”