The 37-game winning streak in league play is gone, so the Washington girls’ basketball team is making sure the rest of the Academic Athletic Association knows the Eagles shouldn’t be forgotten.
Tierney Jones scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Eagles gut out a tight 61-54 win over host Galileo for their third straight win.
Washington (13-13, 10-1 AAA) led 13-6 after one quarter, but Galileo (13-12, 5-5) exploded for 22 points in the second, helping the Lions tie things up 28-28 at halftime.
Riding the momentum of their hot second quarter, the Lions opened up the half with a 10-5 run, building their lead to 38-33, their biggest advantage of the game.
Jones had the answers for Washington, scoring six points in a 12-2 Eagles run — including nailing a long 3-pointer in the spurt, the second of the game for the 5-foot-9 center.
"Those 3-pointers were kind out of the blue," Jones said. "I was open, so I took the shots."
The Eagles stretched their lead to 49-40 with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter, but the Lions made one last spirited run, helped by two consecutive Courtney Chew 3-pointers, to close the deficit to 51-48.
But Washington, showing the experience of a team that has been tested in games like these before, responded with a 10-3 run, pushing its lead to 61-51 with under a minute remaining in the game.
"This was a big win for us, especially with games coming up against Lowell and Lincoln," said Eagles coach Vince Wong, whose squad has won seven AAA games this season by nine points or less.
Gateway 58, International 16
Alyson Szeto scored 11 of her 20 points in the first quarter as the host Gators (20-2, 9-0) led 25-4 and never looked back in a win over the Jaguars (12-11, 8-2).
Dominique Hunter added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Camila Rosen chipped in 10 and 19 for Gateway, which has won its nine league contests by an average of 49.6 points per game.
International had won seven consecutive BCL Central games since falling to the Gators 60-31 on Jan. 12, but was left shorthanded when top players Julia Hechanova and Rachel Beck missed the game due to illness.
— Matt Elliser
Leadership 49, Waldorf 24
Leshay Wallace had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the host Griffin (7-12, 6-3) beat the Wolverines (3-12, 2-8).
Leadership’s full-court press dominated early on as the Griffin led 12-5 at the end of the first quarter. They extended the lead to 23-11 at halftime, sparked by three straight baskets by Wallace.
"This win, all of our wins, are our defense," Leadership coach Kiana Joshua said. "We’re a fastbreak team. We need steals to set up the offense."
— Amanda Stupi
International 61, Gateway 48
Josh Merritt scored 14 points and the Jaguars (15-8, 8-0) used an
18-6 game-ending run to finish off the host Gators (10-9, 5-3).
Seaver Kyaw added 12 points and nine rebounds for International, which led just 43-42 after Theo Price hit a jumper on Gateway’s first possession of the fourth quarter. But Rue Critchfield (10 points) answered with a pair of free throws on back-to-back possessions and the Jaguars forced the Gators into 10 of their 27 turnovers in the final quarter.
"They were playing the first-place team in their gym and were flowing off a lot of adrenaline at first," International coach Carl Jacobs said. "We had to survive that and stick with it."
— Matt Elliser
Leadership 55, Waldorf 40
Dante Stuart scored 14 points as the host Griffin (9-11, 5-2) beat the Wolverines (9-14, 3-5). The Griffin, who led 20-2 after the first quarter, were outscored 16-4 in the third and watched their sizable lead dwindle to seven points with 3:28 left in the game.
"It was our fault for talking the other team for granted," Leadership’s Major Corpuz said. "Each minute the lead slipped away."
Stuart and Manwell Howard took control of the paint in the fourth quarter, combining for six points and five rebounds and forcing the Wolverines to settle for perimeter shots.