Edison was unsuccessful in what Eagles Coach Mike Wells called "the school's biggest game in 10 years," but it did make a statement.

Against AAA Gunston District foe West Potomac, which has the Northern Region's most productive offense, Edison hung tough for three quarters before falling, 81-60.

But at the very least, Edison (7-5, 2-1) proved it was no pushover. Wells was under no delusion that his squad was better, but he did think it would give the Wolverines, who average about 82 points a game, a go of it.

"We're not in the same league as West Potomac," said Wells, a 1967 Edison graduate. "But my biggest concern is that the Edison kids don't have to be at the bottom. We'll give you a ballgame."

"I like them," said West Potomac Coach Bill Engels. "I was scared to death coming in here. They're scrappy, and they don't quit. I like them."

Avis Willis, who is the region's top scorer with an average of 25.9 a game, scored 28 points to lead West Potomac (11-1, 2-1). Teammate Leon Blakeney, third-highest scorer in the region, had 18. Brian Watkins and Mike Smith led the Eagles with 17 points apiece.

Edison's game consisted mostly of falling behind and catching up, and falling behind again. After trailing 12-4 early in the game, the Eagles (7-5, 2-1) took a 28-27 lead in the second quarter.

But West Potomac surged back to a 37-29 lead before the Eagles cut it to 37-32 at the half. The Wolverines took a 39-32 lead in the third quarter before Edison once again retaliated.

Smith and Watkins hit three-pointers and Smith converted a turnover into a basket to draw within one, and John DeWitt's free throw tied it at 41. But the Wolverines went on an 8-2 run, and this time they weren't caught.

Blakeney made a basket in the lane and Dan Richardson scored off Smith's miss. Willis scored again and after John Newman's free throw, Blakeney made two foul shots to lead 49-43.

The Wolverines then increased their defensive pressure, forcing the Eagles into three-of-19, fourth-quarter shooting that allowed them to extend their lead to 21 points.

"Our half-court defense was better in the second half and we shuffled some people in and out, and I think we wore them down," said Engels. WP (11-1) -- Richardson 14, Pierce 4, Chesson 4, Browne 4, Willis 28, Harris 9, Blakeney 18. Totals 27 25 81. E (7-5) -- Watkins 17, Wells 3, DeWitt 5, Smith 17, Dunnuck 5, Perry 12, Newman 1. Totals 17 21 60.

Halftime: West Potomac, 37-32.

Three-point goals: West Potomac 2 (Willis, Chesson); Edison 5 (Smith 3, Watkins 2).