ROCKVILLE — When the visiting Clarksburg Lady Coyotes varsity girls basketball team took the court Monday against the Wootton Patriots, one player – senior and key scorer Sunny Paul – was conspicuously absent, remaining on the bench with her leg wrapped in a Clarksburg blue cast, the evidence of a season-ending injury sustained three days ago in a losing effort against Gaithersburg.
Paul’s injury motivated the Coyotes to band together and make a last-minute push to defeat the Patriots 55-50 and improve to 15-2.
“The kids rallied together and played great team basketball,” said Clarksburg head coach Sissy Natoli. “When you have a senior and four-year veteran go down, you don’t know who’s going to step it up. We had a lot of different players step it up. It was nice to see.”