Just as the school's highly regarded girls team did earlier this week, the unbeaten West Potomac boys ran into a red-hot Mount Vernon team and lost its first game of the season. The Wolverines (9-1) had some second-half defensive problems in the 84-81 loss. Fairfax had its eight-game winning streak come to an embarrassing end as as visiting Chantilly roared out to a 20-point halftime lead and won handily, 76-60.
Other upsets last week included Central's 60-58 win over Potomac, behind Roland Martin's 19 points. Coolidge ran into a confident H.D. Woodson team and was beaten, 86-81. Crossland's fast break was slowed by Northwestern, 66-62. Cardozo was held under 60 points for the second time this season in a 57-55 loss to Ballou, which almost had a second upset before fading in the final minutes, 57-53, at Coolidge.
Girls upsets included Severna Park, which was handled easily by Old Mill, 70-57. Interhigh League kingpin H.D. Woodson was stopped by Coolidge, 43-41. Woodson's four defeats equal its total number of losses the previous two seasons.
EFFORTS IN VAIN:
Although a number of players achieved career high scoring games last week, they probably would have traded a a few of those baskets for a victory. Bowie's Mike James poured in 49 points in a 93-73 loss to Parkdale. James is averaging 32.8 points for the 3-6 team. Valerie Carter had 43 points against Roosevelt but her teammates combined for only 12 as Eastern lost, 70-55. Kisha Gwyn had 39 of Holton-Arms's 47 in a one-point overtime loss to Madiera. Ballou's Rolanda Williams sank seven three-pointers en route to a 38-point total, but her team fell to Wilson, 72-47.
Eastern had a dozen three-point field goals but the Ramblers were edged by Wilson, 83-82. Robinson made nine three-pointers but lost to Centreville, 66-63. Oakton had seven but was swamped by W.T. Woodson, 96-69.
Tina Riley had six of Severna Park's eight three-point goals but her team was beaten by Old Mill, 70-57.
Because of the lack of players, five of the 11 Interhigh League girls teams have forfeited at least one game. Phelps, which thought about canceling its season, managed to field a team last week but was swamped by Roosevelt (59-8) and Wilson (75-7). In the latter, Phelps trailed 43-0 at halftime.
Spingarn forfeited one game and managed only seven total points in another. Cardozo forfeited its first two games before losing to Ballou (43-41) and Eastern (53-30) last week. Ballou, which suited up only five players for its game against Coolidge, had to forfeit when one of the players became ill in the second period. Ballou trailed 32-7 at the time.
LITTLE HOYAS MAKE IT BIG:
Unbeaten Georgetown Prep took its first two big steps toward the IAC title last week with big wins over Landon (61-49) and St. Albans (55-59). Led by A.J. Wood and John Douglass, Prep scored the game's final 12 points to turn back a Landon team that came into its IAC meeting with only an eight-point loss to Springbrook on its books.