But waiting for the 6-foot-3 forward was Georgetown Visitation guard Alexis Gray, who stands nine inches shorter than the Duke commit. Gray fearlessly reached her hand to pick Belton’s pocket, forcing one of 20 turnovers committed by Bullis in the visiting Cubs’ 47-40 win.
Gray, the area’s leader in three-point field goals, was held without a three-pointer for just the fourth time this season. She scored 36 points and hit seven three-pointers when the teams met Jan. 16.
“Usually the odds are if she keeps shooting they’re going to go in,” Georgetown Visitation Coach Mike McCarthy said. “But she played great defense and ran the team.”
McCarthy said Gray (8 points) — who bolted out of the gym immediately after the buzzer to catch her brother’s concert — has shown a lot of growth in her game on the defensive side of the ball to become a more complete player.
Georgetown Visitation (20-3, 12-0 ISL-AA), ranked No. 14, entered Tuesday’s contest averaging 62 points. The Cubs had won close games before, but nothing like the grinder they experienced against the defending ISL-AA champion Bulldogs.
Junior Maddy Reed set the tone defensively with two blocks and three rebounds in the first quarter while she guarded Belton. But Reed suffered a dislocated right shoulder on a hustle play late in the second quarter, forcing her out of the remainder of the contest.
“It’s difficult watching from the sideline because you want to be out there,” Reed said. “But my team played well.”
Without Reed in the second half, the Cubs ran man-to-man with a little 2-3 zone but doubled Belton on every touch in the post. Still, she scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Georgetown Visitation held a 21-14 lead at the half, and the Bulldogs were able to cut the lead to 27-25 midway through the third but were outscored 8-1 to close the third.
Bullis (10-11, 9-3) rallied to cut the Georgetown Visitation’s lead to six with two minutes remaining, but Gray shot 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to seal the victory.