The Connelly School of the Holy Child girls’ basketball team won its first Independent School League A title, defeating Maret 55-35 victory and capping off a 20-game win streak.
“It was great to be a part of this streak and to be undefeated in 2014,” said senior Talley Britt, who scored nine points. “... It was amazing and I’m proud of each and every one of my teammates because we came out and we did it.”
Sophomore guard Lilly Paro scored a game-high 16 points and hit four 3-pointers for Holy Child (24-3), which hasn’t lost since Dec. 14 against Episcopal. The team led 31-23 at halftime but put the game away in the third quarter.
“We knew that it was going to be our last half of the season so we wanted to give it our all, do it for the seniors,” Paro said. “That’s pretty much all of our motivation for this tournament: do it for the seniors.”
Holy Child went 18-6 last season but returned most of its key players include Britt, who averaged a team-high 12.1 points.
“This year I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to play together and work hard,” Holy Child Jamie Ready said. “It worked out for us.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference postseason run ended in the semifinals with a 62-41 loss to Paul VI Catholic on Sunday.
It was the third time in as many games this season that the Falcons (16-13) lost to their WCAC foe.
Like the first two meetings, Good Counsel hung around and trailed 35-33 midway through the third quarter. But Paul VI took over from there and dominated en route to the 21-point win.
“We played with them the first two games, were up six in the fourth quarter in the first one, down four in the second game and kind of the same thing here,” Good Counsel coach Tom Splaine said after the game. “I think they were just in better condition than we were.”
Good Counsel’s Nicole Enabosi and Maya Riley each scored 11 points in the loss. The Falcons advanced to the semifinals after defeating the Academy of the Holy Cross 41-36 on Saturday.
The brackets for the regional basketball playoffs were released Sunday and one of the more intriguing portions of the draw is the 4A West. Section I features a first-round game between Walter Johnson (12-9) and Montgomery Blair (14-7) and in the second round looms a potential matchup between Winston Churchill (12-9) and John F. Kennedy (16-3). Walt Whitman (19-2) is the favorite in Section I and gets a first-round bye.
Thomas S. Wootton (15-6) and Col. Zadok Magruder (14-6) earned first-round byes in Section II. A Gaithersburg (14-6) win over Clarksburg (6-11) would set up an exciting playoff rematch with Wootton. The Trojans defeated the Patriots in double-overtime last postseason and the teams split their regular season games this season.
Travis Mewhirter contributed
Montgomery Blair at Walter Johnson, Friday
The Blazers took both games, winning the first easily (61-42) but letting the second one come down to the wire (48-47).