All the buzz for the last two days has been about the 47-point outburst by O’Connell’s Melo Trimble on Sunday — and rightfully so. (Here’s an updated version of the story following my talk with Trimble on Monday.)
After dropping 45 points in the Warriors’ season-opening tournament in North Carolina, Reed has recorded outputs of 48 and 41 points, making him one of the area’s most prolific scorers and keeping the Warriors competitive while playing a tough national schedule. This, all in Reed’s first season at Capitol Christian after transferring from Pallotti, where he helped lead the Panthers their first MIAA B Conference title.
“I knew coming here it’d be more of a challenge because of the schedule and competition,” Reed said. “I knew I had to bring my best game every night and make a statement that I could play at that level.”
The 6-foot-3 guard’s ability to knock down the open three and score in bunches off of a variety of moves has resulted in him averaging more than 30 points per game. But Reed is more than just a scorer. His craftiness in the paint makes him an effective rebounder, and of late, Reed has worked even more to get his teammates involved as more defensive attention has been devoted to him.
As he’s evolved his game, Reed has garnered offers from Northeastern and North Carolina Central, along with strong interest from Fairfield, George Mason and Robert Morris.
“Marcquise has embraced the challenge of being a decoy when that is appropriate and he also knows there are times when he has to embrace the challenge of taking over the game,” Warriors Coach Van Whitfield said. “That’s not always an easy call. But as we’ve input in more sets that feed off of Marcquise as a prolific scorer and allow other guys to be effective, everyone has benefited.”
The turning point for the Warriors came after a Jan. 25 loss to national power Chester (Pa.) in which they blew a 15-point lead. Though it was their third consecutive loss, Reed’s 21 points, along with the Warriors’ strong play against a highly-regarded team, boosted their confidence while drumming up their motivation to bounce back even stronger.
Since then, the Warriors have won their last two games, including a win against a National Christian team they had fallen to twice before this season. Reed and his teammates will look to continue this success against No. 6 Riverdale Baptist, which was upset by the same No. 15 National Christian team on Monday night.
“That Chester game showed me and us that we could play with anybody,” Reed said. “We started playing more as a team and cutting out the one-on-one stuff. Everybody is on the same page and we’re starting to play our best basketball in February, which is what you want to be doing.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 8
Three-pointers made by Paul VI’s girls’ basketball team in Monday’s win against No. 4 St. John’s. It’s also the number of consecutive games won by the No. 3 Panthers, keeping them atop the WCAC standings.
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In case you missed it, read Joey Lomonaco’s feature on Robinson wrestler Avery Henry, who is excelling on the mat despite having a form of short-limb dwarfism. And after you do that, check out the accompanying video below.
-Take a look at the latest Post Top 20 boys’ and girls’ basketball rankings, which experienced some movement near the top after last week’s games.
-See who made this week’s All-Met basketball Watch.
-The Virginia all-state football teams were named for classes 2A-5A on Monday.
-Sam Briggs shook off the flu to score 24 points and lead Coolidge past DCIAA rival Theodore Roosevelt on Saturday.
-Despite facing more zone defenses than expected, Hayfield has adjusted well and surged to the top of the Virginia Conference 6 standings.
-A leak and broken window has displaced National Christian from its gym since last week, but the Eagles are determined to remain focused, evidenced by Monday’s win against Riverdale Baptist.
-Sophomore guard Jada Graves has elevated her offensive game to help the No. 7 Edison girls’ basketball team.
-With last week’s upset of Potomac (Md.), Douglass staked its claim as a dangerous team in the loaded Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A standings.
-After finishing the regular season 22-0, Potomac (Va.) is primed for a deep playoff run.
-Despite facing an array of defenses set up to lock him down, Episcopal’s Greg Malinowski has excelled, averaging a team-high 23.2 points.
-Following a slow start, Churchill is gradually building its confidence, thanks to wins against division leaders Blair and Whitman last week.
-Loudoun Valley sophomore Emily Thompson has become one of the area’s most prolific free-throw shooters.
-Eleanor Roosevelt’s girls’ basketball team has gone 18-0 and zipped to the top of the rankings, all without having one senior on its team.
-North Point’s girls’ avenged an earlier loss to Westlake, helping them better prepare for another run to the SMAC title.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
No. 2 Bullis at No. 13 St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 6 p.m.
The regular-season IAC title will be on the line as the Saints look to avenge a loss to streaking Bullis a few weeks ago.