The rush hour traffic that caused Yorktown Coach Jesse Barnes to arrive at St. Agnes' gym less than a minute before game time was nothing compared to the bumper-to-bumper gridlock that slowed his girls basketball team down yesterday in a 54-22 nonleague loss to St. Agnes.
St. Agnes, two-time defending Independent School League champion, improved to 3-1 while Yorktown remained winless after two games.
Senior forward Leigh Miller ripped the Patriots for 36 points on 15-for-29 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds despite early foul trouble. Her stellar performance broke an eight-year-old school record for points in a game; the previous high was 32.
The first half was dismal for both teams as they combined for 26 points, with the Saints managing a 15-11 lead. Before intermission, the Saints were six of 27 from the field while the Patriots were five of 25.
In the second half, Miller took over and scored 25 points despite fouling out with three minutes left.
"I got a lot of fouls but the scoring came in waves," said Miller. "I was a little worried when they called the last foul because there was no one around me, but when I asked the referee, he said he wasn't going to give me a clinic."
"The younger players aren't used to posting up, so Leigh asked to switch to forward in the second half," said Saints Coach Kathy Jenkins. "We just let Leigh go one-on-one and they couldn't stop her."
Despite Miller's talent, Jenkins is concerned about developing her three juniors and three sophomores. "We know we can go to Leigh when the going gets tough but, when we start playing Bullis and National Cathedral, other people are going to have to start stepping forth," she said.
Yorktown never set its offense in motion and relied largely on long-distance, low-percentage shots and wound up shooting under 20 percent from the field. The Patriots never led and got within four points only two times, both in the first half.
Guard Michelle Powell and forward Simona Smith led the Patriots with six and eight points, respectively.
Every time a Yorktown player tried to penetrate, she was met by the Brunelli sisters of St. Agnes. Tia Brunelli, a senior, played excellent defense while getting six rebounds. Dara, a sophomore, dominated the rebounding and finished with a game-high 14. She also had seven points.