Karen Jenkins and Laura Teter provided Lake Braddock with a potent inside/outside combination as the second-ranked Bruins took an early lead and proceeded to coast past Oakton, 65-52, in a Virginia AAA Northern District girls basketball game last night at Lake Braddock.
The Bruins dominated the boards and slowed the Cougars' running game in raising their record to 15-1, 4-1 in the district. Oakton dropped out of a first-place tie in the district as it fell to 10-5, 3-2.
With Jenkins hitting six long corner jumpers in the first half for 12 of her 17 points, the Oakton defense was forced to extend, allowing Teter room inside. The 5-foot-9 junior scored 14 of her 16 points before intermission as Lake Braddock took a 37-22 halftime lead.
"Karen Jenkins just did a super job hitting those shots," said Braddock Coach Melissa Trowbridge. "It opened things up inside for us."
In the first half, the Bruins outrebounded the Cougars, 21-12. Oakton got only two rebounds in the first quarter.
"Our two goals were to stop their transition and get on the boards," said Trowbridge. "I thought we did a super job on the boards."
Two other players scored in double figures for the Bruins. Collette Cunningham had 14 points and Emily Rice 10 to assist Jenkins and Teter. Carrie McKee led Oakton with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Christina Paige had 13 points for the Cougars.
Oakton trailed, 59-35, when the Cougars put together their only run of the night. A 14-2 streak cut the Lake Braddock lead to 61-49 with just over three minutes remaining in the game, but the Bruins regrouped during a timeout then ran out the clock.
Everything went Lake Braddock's way in the first half, the Bruins taking a 37-22 halftime lead after breaking open a 6-6 game with a 21-4 run. The streak began midway through the first quarter and continued until Oakton scored its first points of the second quarter with only 5:18 remaining until halftime.
The Bruins pressed Oakton into nine first-half turnovers and got their offense from Teter inside and Jenkins outside.
Jenkins scored from the baseline to give Lake Braddock an 8-6 lead and Teter followed with a basket in close. Two consecutive steals and layups by Cunningham gave the Bruins a 14-6 lead and the rout was on.
McKee scored two of her 10 first-half points before Teter answered with two baskets around an Emily Rice free throw.
Rula Malki scored at the buzzer to end the first period for the Cougars, but Oakton didn't score again until almost three minutes had expired in the second quarter and Braddock led, 29-10.