Helene Baroody of Robinson High School had 10 points and six assists and made two free throws with 1:45 remaining to lead the Capital All-Stars to a 74-70 victory over the Metro team in the third annual McDonald's Girls Classic yesterday at George Washington University's Smith Center.

Kyran Rooths (St. Anthony's) made a short jumper with 5:11 left to give the Capitals their first lead since the opening quarter, 63-62.

Baroody, The Post's player of the year, scored on a layup to make it a three-point lead.

She made a 12-foot jump shot with 2:43 remaining to give the Capitals a 70-66 advantage, but Sydney Beasley (Potomac) again closed the gap to two by converting an offensive rebound.

But the Capitals' tough man-to-man defense forced the Metro all-stars to miss on their next two possessions.

A layup by 6-foot-4 Val Jeter (T.C. Williams) and two free throws by Baroody, the most valuable player, increased the lead to 74-68 with less than two minutes left. Monica Kuhn (Woodward) scored with 1:25 remaining to cut the Capital lead to four points, but Baroody's cool ball handling and the Metros' cold shooting made it stand.

The Capitals had trailed by 12 points at halftime, but Metro Coach Cheryl Thompson (W.T. Woodson) was not shaken.

"We'd had good shots in the first half, but we were forcing them and just weren't mentally ready to play," said Thompson, whose Cavaliers won the Virginia AAA state championship last month. "I told them that they had 16 minutes to cut their lead down to four points. If we were within four points, I thought our quick guards would do the rest."

The Capitals had been outscored, 16-4, at the end of the second quarter.

They opened the second half by controlling the backboards, which stopped the Metros' transition game, and trailed by two points entering the final period.