Thomas S. Wootton, Col. Zadok Magruder and Gaithersburg are on top of the 4A West Division standings as of Monday, with no clear favorite. Wootton (4-4, 2-0) has been playing well, winning four of its past five including a 64-59 victory over Magruder.
Sheri Addison is averaging a team-high 18.8 points to lead the Patriots in scoring and getting to the foul line nearly 10 times per game. Cece and Ellie Kobylski, twin sisters, average 24 points combined for Wootton.
Magruder (5-2, 1-1) is off to a strong start after an 11-12 season, winning five of its first seven games. The Colonels have a balanced attack; Janel Brown (12.7), Hannah Barr (12.1), Hope Randolph (10.3) and Adjowa Pinkrah (8.7) lead the team in scoring.
Gaithersburg, meanwhile, has struggled early. The Trojans (4-3, 1-1) have quality wins against Walter Johnson and Winston Churchill but have lost to Poolesville, Seneca Valley and most recently Magruder, 60-38. The Trojans went 18-7 last season and before that appeared in three straight state championship games, winning twice.
Damascus handed Paint Branch its first loss of the season Saturday, winning 67-58 in a matchup between the two top Montgomery County teams. Free throws were the key; the Swarmin’ Hornets scored almost 40 percent of their points from the charity stripe and converted 16-of-18 attempts in the final period to move to 8-2.
“Foul shooting really helped us [close it out in the fourth] and also to the girls’ credit, after too many turnovers in the third, I don’t think we made more than one in the fourth,” Damascus coach Steve Pisarski said after the game. “They really protected the ball. Other than a few spots, I think the girls did a really nice job [Saturday].”
Seniors Kelli Prange (19.8) and Lauren Green (15.1) are the leading scorers for Damascus. Prange, who scored 22 points against Paint Branch, has scored in double-figures every game this season.
Connelly School of the Holy Child is off to a hot start, capping off 2013 by winning the Bulldog Holiday Tournament championship. The Tigers (8-3 as of Sunday) are led by 5-foot-3 senior Talley Britt. The point guard is averaging 9.6 points per game, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals and scored 21 points against Churchill to win the tournament Most Valuable Player.
“Talley has really stepped up as a senior leader,” Holy Child coach Jamie Ready said after the tournament. “She’s our only senior captain, and she’s really embraced her teammates this year tremendously and has done an excellent job being a leader not only on the floor but off [of it].”
It took James H. Blake eight games and just one third of the season to surpass last year’s win total. After a 5-15 season, Blake is 6-2 as of Sunday, hanging around with Kennedy and Paint Branch for a top spot in the Montgomery 4A East. Senior point guard Asha Henley (15.2) and junior guard Citiana Negatu (14.0) are shouldering the scoring load for Blake, which defeated Springbrook 42-36 on Saturday to win its sixth game of the season.
Jennifer Beekman and John Harris III contributed.