Christina Kelly scored a game-high 22 points to lead No. 9 West Potomac to a 64-60 girls basketball victory over Marshall last night in Falls Church.
Tuesday's win improves West Potomac's record to 5-0 and preserves its best start in the school's history.
"I don't think that we played very well and we were fortunate to come away with a victory," said West Potomac Coach Ken Farmer. "But I guess one of the signs of a good team is that you can play poorly and still win."
The nonleague game looked as if it would turn into a blowout as the Wolverines ran out to a 11-2 advantage before three minutes had elapsed.
But Marshall (2-2) chipped away at the deficit and closed to 21-15 by the end of the first quarter.
Marshall scored on its first five possessions to start the second quarter.
Rebecca Kuker (21 points) hit a baseline jumper to start the period and get the Statesmen's offense rolling. A basket by Marshall's Kristi Cammermeyer (15 points) with 6:02 before halftime tied the game at 25.
Kuker hit a three-pointer a minute later to give the Statesmen their first lead, at 30-27. Marshall built its biggest advantage when Alison Zuna followed up a miss to make the score 36-29.
West Potomac scored seven straight points to tie. Carmen Phelps (12 points) capped the run with a layup, assisted by Kelly on a fast break.
The Wolverines closed the half with unanswered baskets by Carmen Phelps and Kelly to make their lead 42-38 at intermission.
Marshall earned its final lead at 48-47 on a basket by Kuker with 2:09 left in the third quarter. A baseline jumper by Kelly on the ensuing possession put West Potomac ahead for good.
Two more baskets by Kelly to start the final quarter put West Potomac ahead, 57-50. Kate Wells (13 points) kept the run going by converting a miss by Carmen Phelps to give West Potomac its biggest lead since the opening period at 59-50.
Marshall closed to three points in the closing moments. Kuker scored with 15 seconds left to trim the Wolverines' lead to 63-60.
In the face of a heavy press, West Potomac center Debbie Bell was fouled on the in-bounds pass. She converted the first half of the one-and-one to clinch the victory.