The Bullis and Coolidge girls basketball teams had easy semifinal games yesterday in the sixth-annual IAABO tournament at Blair High School.
Coolidge, behind a relentless fast break, overcame a slow start to trounce Potomac (Md.), 65-33. Bullis opened hot from the outside and maintained its superb touch in a 70-44 rout of Anacostia.
No. 18 Bullis (11-0) and No. 11 Coolidge (4-1) will play for the championship tonight at 6. Anacostia (3-4) and Potomac (2-4) meet in the consolation game at 4.
Coolidge broke to a 32-15 halftime lead and played the second half aggressively, building its lead to 30 points entering the fourth period.
Nicole Boykin led the Colts with 19 points and Alfreda Jefferson had 15.
Anacostia got considerable contributions inside as 5-foot-10 Aree Plunkett finished with 10 points and 6-foot Tracy English had nine.
But all of Bullis's starters consistently made their jumpers, with Christina Lee scoring 25 points and Kira Orr 10. Jennifer Darvish and Maritza Dubois, who Coach Wayne Ferrell calls his "well-kept secrets," finished with 10 and 12, respectively.
In the title game, the Bulldogs likely will be forced to play an up-tempo game. However, Ferrell welcomes the challenge for his veteran team.
If Coolidge "is going to play that way, we'll take it," he said. "We work hard in practice on various things and we really don't have many weaknesses."