Twelfth-ranked Largo dominated eighth-ranked Eleanor Roosevelt inside the paint late in the game to pull out a tough 47-43 Prince George's AA girls basketball victory yesterday at Eleanor Roosevelt.
Largo (7-2), had controlled the boards and inside play with 5-foot-11 forward Vanessa Blair (10 points), driving to the basket against anybody the Raiders assigned to guard her. And 5-8 junior forward Gwendolyn Graves (17 points, 18 rebounds) was aggressive on the boards.
Despite their performances, Roosevelt (4-1), with only three players scoring, hung on until the end.
After the Raiders' Dedrienne Wilson scored on a jumper to pull Roosevelt within 40-39, Blair and Graves took over inside.
Blair made one of two free throws and Graves, after getting three chances to score, finally put in an offensive rebound with 1:29 remaining to make it 43-39.
Laurice Hynson then made a driving layup that Demetria Atkins followed with a bank shot that made the score 47-41 with 33 seconds remaining.
Outplayed for most of the first half, the Raiders began to take advantage of the Lions' timid backcourt when Largo's Blair exited after committing her fourth foul midway through the third quarter.
Trailing, 29-20, Roosevelt scored 11 straight points and took a 31-29 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The run began when Sandy Gilbreath scored in the lane. After a Largo turnover, Wilson's 13-footer made it 29-24.
Then Cindy Lenart took over. By the end of the quarter she had scored five unanswered points and pulled down six rebounds.
Largo led throughout the first half. But with four minutes left before intermission, the Lions could have wilted when Blair, who had blocked two shots, went to the bench with four personal fouls.
Trailing by 20-13, Roosevelt rallied briefly. Gilbreath made two foul shot and Wilson made another to narrow the deficit to 20-16. But the Lions quickly recovered, with Laurice Hynson scoring off a rebound follow and Graves scoring three points for a 25-16 halftime lead.