Girls’ basketball: No. 15 Good Counsel rallies past No. 14 Georgetown Visitation, 62-57

January 11

Good Counsel guard Lindsay Pulliam was sore during Saturday’s game against Georgetown Visitation, but she didn’t complain. Nobody would’ve blamed her if she did. Pulliam and the Falcons were playing their fourth game in five days, a treacherous stretch even for the most well conditioned of WCAC teams.

With her team trailing by one with just over a minute to play, the freshman waited for a ball screen on the perimeter, looking to set up a pull-up jumper that she has practiced “thousands of times.” Pulliam executed the play perfectly, getting just enough legs into her 15-footer to rattle it home, drawing a foul in the process. She completed the three-point play a moment later, and the Falcons put a nice wrap on a hellish week.

Pulliam scored 11 points, and Stacey Koutris had 17 to lift No. 15 Good Counsel to a come-from behind 62-57 win over No. 14Georgetown Visitation in front of a packed crowd Saturday in Northwest Washington.

“I was a little bit tired,” Pulliam said. “I like to pull up off the dribble. And I know we needed to score, so I just did it for my team.”

Sara Woods played through foul trouble and added 15 points for the Falcons (8-5), which trailed the entire game against the Cubs (10-2), whose only loss entering the day was against national powerhouse New Hope Christian (N.C.) last month.

Georgetown Visitation made three shots from beyond the arc in the first eight minutes to open up a 19-12 lead, and behind the crafty offensive play of Ana Hagerup (18 points) the Cubs established control early. But Good Counsel tightened the screws defensively in the second half behind Woods, who scored all of her points in the final two quarters, and center Nicole Enabosi, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“We had to find our way back into the game,” Good Counsel Coach Tom Splaine said. “I thought we did a great job rebounding. “Sarah Woods, Nicole Enabosi they were huge on the boards for us as they have been all week for us. This was a tough week for us.”

Good Counsel, which finished 3-1 this week, trailed, 50-46, with about four minutes remaining after Hagerup drove the lane and scored. But the Falcons would end the game on a 16-7 run, and after Woods hit two free throws to pull her team within 54-53 with two minutes left, Pulliam gave them the lead with her jumper, then converted the three-point play. Good Counsel hit all six of its free throw attempts in the final minute — including four from Koutris, who said she had jut enough gas left to get her team a win.

“It’s a big win because we always like to beat Visitation. We have a lot of friends on that team,” Koutris said. “You’re always going to feel it after having so many games, but you just have to push through it.”

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