West Potomac Coach Ken Farmer could nod in three directions to pick out heroes last night as the unbeaten Wolverines handed host T.C. Williams its first loss, 63-48, in a Virginia AAA girls nondistrict game.
Foremost was Carmen Phelps, who scored eight of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as West Potomac (4-0) finally displayed its true fast-break offense.
"Carmen was definitely the key," Farmer said. "But we couldn't have done it without Elisah May."
All May did was move from off guard to fill in for point guard Christina Kelly, who missed nearly two quarters because of foul trouble.
"I was nervous enough already and then he moved me to point guard," said May. "But my teammates helped me with my confidence."
Then there was Kelly -- the top point guard in the region, according to Farmer -- who directed the Wolverines' 10-0 surge midway through the fourth quarter. West Potomac trailed, 44-41, with 5:30 left when Kelly nailed a jumper to begin the run. Phelps scored the next four points and T.C. Williams (2-1) never recovered. May scored four of her 14 points down the stretch.
"T.C. is the first team that could run with us," Phelps said. "We weren't used to a team taking it to the hole so much."
Samantha Roberson (17 points) was the chief culprit as she accounted for eight of the Titans' final 12 points -- mostly on strong drives.
The Wolverines were without Kelly for most of the second and third quarters. Kelly, who finished with eight points, was averaging 23 points per game.
Sharonda Flythe scored 11 of her 14 points and asserted control at both ends in the second quarter to lead the Titans on a 10-0 run. The sophomore point guard converted a steal to give T.C. Williams a 22-17 lead with 4:15 left in the half and West Potomac called a timeout.
The recomposed Wolverines focused their attack down low as Phelps made a pair of short jumpers. They went on to lead at halftime, 26-25. WP (4-0) -- May 14, Wells 12, Kelly 8, Coleman 5, K. Phelps 1, C. Phelps 22, Bell 2. Totals 21 19 63. TCW (2-1) -- Steurele 4, Hortan 8, Flythe 14, Rivers 3, Lecock 2, Roberson 17. Totals 17 13 48.
Halftime: West Potomac, 26-25.
Three-point goals: West Potomac 2 (May); T.C. Williams 1 (Flythe).