Independent School League Girls' Basketball

Flint Hill girls win ISL-AA title; Sidwell Friends takes ISL-A championship.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 28, 2011

As a middle blocker on the Flint Hill volleyball team, senior Audrey Dotson hasn't experienced a loss in 48 matches. This past season, the Huskies wrapped up their undefeated campaign with their third straight Independent School League title.

On the hardwood, however, Dotson, a 6-foot-1 center who signed to play basketball at Bucknell next season, hasn't felt that same kind of success. While the Huskies have posted winning records in each of her four years, they haven't claimed the ISL-AA tournament title.

So on Sunday afternoon at Bullis, it was only fitting that Dotson led her teammates to a 63-61 upset victory over No. 11 Georgetown Visitation behind her eye-popping performance: 30 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks.

"She's the best," said junior guard Alex Long, who added 12 points. "You can always count on her to do everything."

Flint Hill (24-6) twice built leads of 11 points over Georgetown Visitation (26-3), which won its fifth straight regular season ISL-AA title this year. But the Cubs surged back both times, taking a 56-54 lead with under two minutes left. Junior Kate Gillespie finished with 24 points.

In the final minute and a half, however, Dotson scored nine straight points, including hitting all three of her free throws.

"I knew that Visitation was really good at coming back," she said. "They will always take a game from you if you let them. . . . We just knew we had to keep our game up and not to take them for granted."

Sidwell Friends wins

When Sidwell Friends dropped down to the ISL-A division three years ago, Kira Ullman figured the team's talent would lead them back to the top AA division. But that goal didn't come true until this season, when Ullman, now a senior, and Sidwell Friends (22-5) won the regular season ISL-A crown and will return to the AA division. And on Sunday afternoon, the Quakers defeated St. Andrew's, 41-31, in the tournament final at Bullis. "This year we were able to do this because it was a team effort," said Ullman, with tears in her eyes. "I'm so proud of us."

Sophomore Tiara Wood, a 6-foot-1 center, scored a team-high 16 points. Junior Chandra Christmas-Rouse added 12 points and was one of seven Quakers to score, helping offset 19 points from Claire Devaney of St. Andrew's (15-11).

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