Edison sophomore Raven Moses vividly remembers her team’s 17-point loss to Mount Vernon in last year’s district championship. She grabbed two rebounds and didn’t register a point in the game, but with the Conference 13 tournament title on the line Friday night, Moses was extra motivated to flip the script against the Majors.
Moses posted her second double-double of the season and the No. 7 Eagles used a strong fourth quarter to run away with a 59-43 victory at home in Alexandria — their third victory over No. 18 Mount Vernon in as many tries this season.
The 5-foot-9 Moses was tasked with guarding Mount Vernon leading scorer — 6-foot forward Samantha Porter. Although Porter finished with a game-high 16 points, Moses made her presence felt with strong box outs and soft hands on the boards.
“I’m boxing out a lot better than I was as a freshman, and it’s helped me get more rebounds.” said Moses who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds on the night. “Boxing out is my role on the team, so I had to excel at that tonight and everything else just came together.”
Moses finished with 10 rebounds to go along with her 10 points, which doubled her season scoring average.
“She was indispensable, I couldn’t take her off the floor,” Edison Coach Dianne Lewis said. “She did all the little things, she rebound and she played defense. Guarding Porter was a tough matchup, and she did everything we needed her to do.”
Eagles senior Jessica Harris (10 points, five rebounds) struggled to score inside for much of the night, and midway through the fourth quarter with Edison (22-3) leading by five, she grew visibly frustrated and looked to Lewis for encouragement.
Lewis simply uttered the words, ‘You got this,” and on the ensuing possession, Harris made a strong left-handed drive and hit a circus layup that sparked a 14-2 run to push the Eagles’ advantage to 17 — their largest lead of the game.
The Majors (19-5) trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter but Edison picked up its intensity on both sides of the court to win its first district title since 2010 in convincing fashion. The Majors had won the past three league titles and coming into 2014, had won six straight against the Eagles.
“It feels awesome to win this one,” Lewis said. “I think we got back what we needed to get back. We got the monkey off our back from last season where we took three losses to them. Now these kids know they belong on top.”