Wootton sophomore Sue Ellen Sher scored eight points in the fourth quarter to lift the Patriots past Rockville, 51-46, in a Montgomery Class A girls basketball game yesterday at Wootton.
The win gave Wootton undisputed possession of first place in the A standings with an 8-2 record (10-3 overall). Rockville fell to 7-2 in the league (10-5 overall) behind Paint Branch (7-1).
"The fourth quarter was the turning point for us," said Wootton Coach Ken Kraft. "Sue Ellen hasn't had a lot of experience, but the others were tired. She is an excellent shooter and it was the right time for her."
The Rams were down, 29-23, at halftime when Wootton put on a 15-8 flurry midway through the second period.
But the Rams, playing a full-court press that helped produce numerous turnovers that Margaret Sears turned into 10 points, came back to tie the game, 37-37, at the end of the third period.
"We've been having trouble handling a full-court press," said Kraft. "We've practiced on that a lot. When we had a chance for an easy layup we took it. If it wasn't there, then we would set up our offense."
Sher entered the game to start the final period for the Patriots. Her first basket gave Wootton a 41-40 lead with five minutes left to play.
By the 3:54 mark of the fourth quarter, Sher had scored five of Wootton's six points to give the Patriots a 47-41 lead.
Despite Sears' attempts to rally the Rams by scoring Rockville's last five points from the line, the Rams were unable to get any closer than five, 49-44.
Rockville Coach Ed Davis said, "We blew it on the line. We missed 11 free throws."
At McLean, the Highlanders got 10 points apiece from Beth Bullock and Beth Geesey to hold off Yorktown, 33-22.
Anne Markle scored 28 points and teammate Ann Whitley collected 17 rebounds as Kennedy defeated Richard Montgomery, 50-40, at Kennedy.
Sidwell Friends got 21 points from Alice Gatch to edge visiting St. Agnes, 38-36.