Girls’ basketball: Georgetown Visitation wins ISL AA final; Holy Child takes ISL A title

February 23

With her team clinging to a four-point lead with less than two minutes remaining Sunday, Georgetown Visitation senior Alexis Bryant stole a National Cathedral entry pass and headed down court. She was advised to pull the ball out and set up the offense, but Bryant saw a gap and made a move early in the shot clock.

The lefty drew a foul on the drive and banked in the bucket to send a strong Cubs contingent into an uproar. She followed that with a free throw and picked up another steal on the next defensive possession to clinch Georgetown Visitation’s 44-34 victory in the ISL AA final at Sidwell Friends.

“I saw a gap. It was like the parting of the Red Sea, and I just had to go for it,” Bryant said.

Bryant scored nine points to go with 12 rebounds, also contributing key defensive plays in the back of the Cubs’ 3-2 zone.

Although the Cubs yielded 43 points to Eagles junior Marta Sniezek in their Tuesday matchup, they were able to limit her with the zone in the fourth quarter. The Cubs ran it from the onset in Sunday’s final, and Sniezek was held to 22 points, still a game high.

“She’s a great player; there’s no doubt about that,” Bryant said.

While No. 12 Georgetown Visitation is accustomed to playing on a big stage, the Cubs were out of sync in the first quarter and trailed 10-4 after eight minutes.

“I think there were a lot of nerves,” Cubs senior Sarah Tierney (10 points) said. “Our passes and shots weren’t falling at all.”

The Cubs (25-3) grabbed their first lead on a layup by Alexis Gray (10 points) with 2 minutes 38 seconds remaining in the second quarter and took a 16-15 lead into the half. In the third they created separation, holding the Eagles (14-4) to three field goals in the quarter.

With National Cathedral down eight points heading into the fourth, Sniezek furiously attacked the basket and made 5 of 6 free throws to cut the lead to four. But Bryant’s defensive stops sealed the win.

Georgetown Visitation finished conference play 17-0 and will next play in the DCSAA playoffs.

Holy Child takes ISL A

In Saturday’s ISL A semifinal win over Flint Hill, Holy Child sophomore Lilly Parro was held scoreless for just the second time this season. The Tigers’ second-leading scorer turned her sharpshooting back on for Sunday’s final with a game-high 16 points, including four three-pointers, as Holy Child routed Maret, 55-35.

“My shot was just on tonight, and if my shot is on, I feel like I can do anything,” Parro said.

Maret (10-12) kept it close in the first half and trailed 31-23 at intermission. The Frogs mustered four points in the third quarter as Holy Child’s lead ballooned to 28.

The Tigers (24-3), who have won 20 straight, will move up to ISL AA next season. They face Good Counsel on Thursday in a Maryland private school tournament.

Cesar Chavez wins PCSAA

Cesar Chavez stood tall despite a frantic second-half surge by National Collegiate to claim a 61-54 win in the inaugural PCSAA boys’ title game at Trinity College.

The Eagles dominated defensively, holding the Panthers to one field goal during the second quarter.

“It feels good,” forward Dejuan Murphy (10 points) said. “We’re going to rep for the charter schools in states.”

Friendship Collegiate took the girls’ title, cruising past Cesar Chavez, 64-41.

— Joey LoMonaco

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