A power failure briefly dimmed Annandale's gym last night, shrouding a dark first quarter of play between the Atoms and visiting South Lakes.

But with the restoration of brightness, Annandale experienced a surge of energy and went on to outgun the Seahawks, 74-67, in a Virginia AAA nondistrict girls game.

"I don't think anybody had control of the game," said Annandale Coach Laura Hagan. "It wasn't the kind of game I expected against South Lakes."

Senior guard Amy Smith came off the bench and proved to be the difference as she scored 12 of her 24 points during Annandale's 18-4 run that started midway through the third quarter. As the Atoms fired up their fast break, Smith finished them with short pull-up jumpers from the right baseline.

"It's not a shot I practice that much, but it was falling," Smith said.

The presence of Smith took some of the pressure off forward Keri Chaconas, who scored a game-high 34 points, despite double and triple coverage.

"Amy is fast {on the break} and fortunately Keri can get the ball to her," Hagan said.

Smith converted consecutive outlet passes from Chaconas, and Chaconas connected from the outside to give the Atoms a 60-49 lead with 6:51 left. But the Seahawks got penetration inside as Jennifer Caps drove the lane twice to cut the margin to 62-58 with 4:43 left.

Chaconas and Smith then combined for nine points as the Atoms' lead ballooned to 72-60 with 2:31 remaining. South Lakes made it close down the stretch as Caps converted a three-point play and Trinette Tucker (27 points) scored on a layup to make it 72-67 with 45 seconds remaining. But the Seahawks failed to sink several hurried three-point attempts as time ran out.

"We had spurts of sheer genius when we didn't make any mistakes and capitalized on their mistakes," Hagan said.

The power failure delayed play momentarily in the first quarter, which ended in an 8-8 tie. The lights returned to normal early in the second quarter and coincided with a scoring duel between Chaconas and Tucker.

Chaconas accounted for 17 of the Atoms' final 23 points of the first half and Tucker scored 12 of the Seahawks' 14 as the half ended in a 35-35 tie.