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Samantha Gonzalez, the leading scorer on the Rockville High School girls basketball team, went all of February without making a 2-point field goal — and that’s fine by coach Kurtis Cross.

Gonzalez, a 5-foot-2 shooting guard, has developed into one of the premier 3-point shooters in the county and has hit 42 threes as of Tuesday, tied for first in the Montgomery 3A/2A Division.

“When she’s set and balanced, she’s going to hit her threes,” Cross said.

Gonzalez (8.3 points per game) has 141 points on the season, 126 coming from long distance. She has converted 19 threes (and zero twos) in her last seven games, making three in Friday’s 49-26 win over Albert Einstein in 3A West Section II quarterfinals.

“She hits those threes and they’re always timely,” Cross said.

Rockville (10-12) was scheduled to play Seneca Valley on Tuesday.

Blake wins double-overtime thriller

The James H. Blake High School girls’ basketball team won its 4A North Region Section II quarterfinal game against Sherwood on Thursday, overcoming a double-digit deficit and escaping with a 67-56 double-overtime victory on the road.

The Bengals (12-9 as of Monday) were behind 34-23 at halftime with one of their top players, Citiana Negatu, sitting on the bench with foul trouble. The junior returned to score nine of her 16 points in the third quarter, getting Blake back in the game.

Point guard Asha Henley led the Bengals with a game-high 25 points.

“We stepped up, played with more intensity and attacked the basket. I was confident if we could keep [Citiana] in the game we would be okay in the end,” Blake coach Patricia Gilmore said.

The Bengals started the season 4-0 and won seven of its first eight games after going 5-15 last year. Blake was scheduled to play Howard on Tuesday in the 4A North Section II semifinals.

Sherwood finished the season 9-13 under new coach Chris Campbell, improving from last season’s 4-17 record.

Blair blazes past Walter Johnson

Montgomery Blair defeated Walter Johnson for the third time this season, this time on the road in the 4A West Region Section I quarterfinals.

Erica Adarkwa scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Blazers to a 54-40 victory.

“It’s definitely tough to beat a team three times,” Adarkwa said. “So we came out thinking that we practiced for this, we’re prepared for this. I think the difference was we were all confident in ourselves and confident in our ability to take the game.”

Liza Curcio-Rudy scored 10 points while Debbie Olawuyi had nine for Blair (16-7), which was scheduled to play Walt Whitman (20-2) on Tuesday.

“We really played like a team tonight and that was what I most impressed with,” Blair coach Erin Conley said. “The whole game we played with some foul trouble and I feel like players that have been working on their game the whole season stepped up and played with a lot of confidence.”

egoldwein@gazette.net

Kyle Russell and Harvey Valentine contributed to this story.