Girls’ basketball: Georgetown Visitation holds off National Cathedral

February 18

With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, the No. 12 Georgetown Visitation girls turned the ball over, giving National Cathedral a chance to steal the momentum and cut the deficit to two. But Cubs senior Sarah Tierney hit another gear to track down the Eagles player and stuff her breakaway layup attempt.

The block reignited the Cubs, who blanked National Cathedral for the first four minutes of the final period en route to a 62-55 victory and their eighth straight ISL-AA regular season title.

“I saw her putting up the ball and we needed to get out of that rut so I wasn’t going to let her get an easy layin,” Tierney said. “I was trying to get a hand in her face, but I got the block and I think it was pretty lucky that it stayed in bounds.”

Georgetown Visitation Coach Mike McCarthy threw man-to-man and zone defenses at National Cathedral (12-3, 11-2 in ISL-AA), but Eagles junior Marta Sniezek was still able to turn in her best offensive performance of the season with 43 points. She scored all 16 points for the Eagles in the third quarter to close the gap to two points after trailing 35-28 at the half.

“She’s a great player, and we felt like we had to stop two of their players, and we stopped one but the other one went crazy on us,” McCarthy said. “Some of it was her, she had a great game, but some was us because of defensive lapses.”

Sophomore Alexis Gray and Sniezek went head-to-head throughout the evening as Gray finished with a team-high 21 points and knocked down five three-pointers.

The win gave Geogetown Visitation (22-3, 14-0) an undefeated record in ISL-AA play for the second time in three seasons. And it gives the Cubs a new championship year on the banner draped in their gymnasium — this time without an asterisk.

The 2013 words are etched into the banner with an asterisk because of a tie atop the league with Bullis after the Cubs lost to the Bulldogs in last year’s finale.

“I think everyone remembers last year and having to be known as co-champions,” Tierney said. “We don’t want to be co-champions because that’s not us. So we knew we had to keep pushing to have our own title this year.”

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