A foul-filled battle for girls’ basketball supremacy in the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A league showed the resilience of both Gwynn Park and host Largo on Thursday night. In a game that had both coaches mixing and matching to keep their best players on the floor late, however, it was the Lions who hung for a 75-70 win.
The first half alone included 29 combined fouls — four on Largo leading scorer Alexys Long — as Largo’s 15-point lead in the first quarter was whittled to two at intermission.
Long was just one of a handful of players forced to play tentatively to stay on the court in the fourth quarter, but she did — and finished with 15 points, including a pair of free throws late to seal the victory.
“It was really nerve-wracking,” Largo guard Stephanie Guihon (12 points) said of the foul trouble. “You have to play smart . . . when you play a good team like that, coming back from halftime when we weren’t doing so good, it helps to have teammates that have your back.”
Largo improved to 9-5, 8-0.
Gwynn Park’s veteran back court steadied the Yellow Jackets (10-3, 8-1) after the team fell into the first-quarter hole. Senior guard Takayla Ellis, playing in her first game since being injured in late December, scored 17 points and Tashina Cardwell had 19.
“[Edgeworth] is one of our defensive players. She held it down for us. If it wasn’t for her, I’m not quite sure where we would’ve ended up,” said Largo Coach Ayana Ball-Ward.
The coach also singled out Duggan.
“That fourth quarter, I think she just put the team on her back and said, ‘Let’s go.’ ”
Long said all the fouls ultimately revealed the Lions’ resilience.
“I learned our team has so much potential. We can go really far. When we stick together, we’re great.”