Georgetown Visitation used its quickness to overcome a size disadvantage and turn away Sidwell Friends, 47-30, yesterday to clinch the Independent School League regular season girls basketball championship.
Sidwell Friends (15-5, 9-2 in the league) had never contended for the ISL regular season title before. After the first period, Georgetown Visitation (16-7, 10-1) turned up its intensity level and turned a close game into a runaway.
Georgetown Visitation led, 19-10, at halftime, but at the outset of the second half the Quakers came out with a brief charge, using their size to their advantage. Vivian Hamilton scored on a jumper and Joci Childs scored after an offensive rebound to cut the lead to 19-14.
Georgetown Visitation, however, handled the Quakers' defensive pressure with ease. On offense, Georgetown Visitation showed great composure, working the ball to Samantha Spina (15 points, seven rebounds), who slid into the lane and often went around Quakers defenders for easy baskets.
The rest of the third period featured Spina dominating play, guard Raquel Vides (six points, six assists) pickpocketing Sidwell Friends guards to start the fast break, and Carrie Babbington (10 points, seven rebounds, six steals) working hard inside as Georgetown Visitation increased a five-point lead to 17 going into the fourth period, 34-17.
"We are a very defensive-minded team," said Georgetown Visitation coach Jan Compton-Ouska, whose team only turned the ball over nine times compared to Sidwell Friends' 28 turnovers.
"Our presses were working fine, but what we finally decided to do was go right after them. We just forgot about their size and changed our minds offensively and began to score."