The undefeated Riverdale Baptist girls basketball team showed Woodbridge last night why it is the No. 3 team in the Washington area as the Crusaders scored the game's first 19 points and coasted to a 71-42 victory over the host Vikings.
With starting point guard Kristen Portell sidelined with a sprained ankle for a second straight game, Woodbridge (3-4) struggled early on just to get off a shot. The Vikings' first attempt, a missed layup by Angela Simms, came four minutes into the game.
Portell "is our main ball handler," Vikings Coach George Washington said of the sophomore, who was injured Friday against Hylton and missed Saturday's 90-41 home loss to No. 11 Elizabeth Seton. "Without our main point guard out there, I think we came in with doubt in our minds. And then against a team like that, you have to execute, and we didn't execute."
Simms scored Woodbridge's first points with a minute to play in the opening quarter.
"For a couple of minutes, we looked lost out there," Washington said. "It had to be nervousness. And then once you get down against a team like that, it's hard to catch up."
Riverdale Baptist (10-0), a private school powerhouse under second-year Coach Keith Lynch, beat the Vikings by four points at Upper Marlboro last season.
Last night, the Crusaders, who have six Division I recruits on their 11-player roster, used eight first-quarter points from 6-foot-3 center Tiffany Stansbury to build an insurmountable lead.
"We wanted to take it to [Woodbridge] and take them out of their game," Lynch said.
When Washington was asked whether he and the Vikings could take anything positive out of this game, he replied, "I don't think we'll have to play a team that good again this year."
Woodbridge and Riverdale Baptist are two of the eight teams in next week's IAABO tournament at Prince George's Community College. The teams do not play each other in Monday's first round.
Kanee Booth led Woodbridge with 12 points, and Katie Sutton added nine points and six rebounds. Riverdale's Joi Jefferson, headed to Northeastern next year, led all scorers with 18 points.