ISL AA Final

Cubs End Bullis's Reign

By Rich Campbell
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, February 28, 2005

With the end of Bullis's Independent School League AA Division reign all but official late in the second half of the league tournament final yesterday afternoon, the only remaining suspense involved Georgetown Visitation senior Stacy Mack's quest for 1,000 career points.

Mack scored 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter to reach the milestone, and No. 19 Visitation defeated the five-time defending tournament champion Bulldogs, 71-51, at National Cathedral.

"This is the game we were working for," Mack said. "We knew that we had to work hard on defense and that the points would come on offense."

Visitation (26-5) lost to Bullis (17-10) in the tournament final each of the last two seasons, but this year was different. The Cubs ended Bullis' 33-game league win streak on Jan. 21 and swept the season series en route to winning the regular season banner.

"I wanted to win the tournament to validate what we did all year," Visitation Coach Mike McCarthy said. "I always felt this year that we were the best team."

Mack's layup with 3 minutes 7 seconds remaining netted her 1,000th point and set off a celebration among her teammates and Visitation fans.

"I wanted Stacy to get to 1,000 points because she's had a great career," McCarthy said. "She didn't even know [she was close to 1,000] until Friday. I should have told her in December, because then she would have had 1,500 points."

The Cubs' victory was also McCarthy's 200th as head coach.

In the ISL A final earlier in the afternoon, National Cathedral senior center Claire Buckley scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter as the fifth-seeded Eagles rallied to beat third-seeded Holy Child, 42-35.

National Cathedral (15-12) held the Tigers to 1-of-18 shooting in the first half, but Holy Child (15-8) began the second half with full-court pressure defense and turned a 17-6 halftime deficit into a 24-22 fourth-quarter lead.

Buckley, however, took over in the final quarter, hitting several jumpers from the baseline to help the Eagles pull away.

"This is the game we were working for," says Georgetown Visitation's Stacy Mack, left. The Cubs lost in the final each of the past two years.

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