Springbrook and Whitman faced off last night in what promised to be a tight match featuring two of Montgomery County's top female point guards.
Cindy Weisman and Craig Lake both played well but in the end the supporting cast made the difference. Weisman's Blue Devils put away Lake's Vikings, 62-47, in the nondivisional contest.
Weisman scored 16 points and Lake 15, but with Whitman still missing center Lindsey Seawright, Springbrook's height advantage inside paved the way to victory.
Cecilee Campbell scored a game-high 17 points and Lora Aggour had 16 to lead the Blue Devils (12-1) back from a first-period deficit and nearly put the game out of reach by halftime.
"We wanted to use the height to our advantage," Weisman said. "They have good guards too, so we just tried to play over top of them."
Whitman (9-3) started by shooting long-range and, led by Lake's three three-pointers, took a 16-13 first-period lead.
When Springbrook took away the outside shot, the Vikings tried to score inside but could not.
"I think we did pretty well defensively even when they were getting three-pointers," Campbell said.
"I guess they forced it after a while. It wasn't as easy for them."
The Blue Devils outscored Whitman, 21-9, in the second period as Weisman fed Campbell, Aggour and Artise Davis (10 points) for easy layins.
The Vikings, meanwhile, continually tried to score inside with little success. To compound the problem, Springbrook clamped down on Lake, holding her scoreless in the second half.
"I knew what our defense was capable of because we have been playing good defense inside," Coach Bill Wiley said.
"It was just a matter of putting pressure on those three-point shots."
Harriet Cohen's four three-pointers and Morgen Bernius's hard-earned nine points in the lane kept Whitman from being routed.
Down by 13 points, the Vikings went to a full-court press in the fourth quarter.
Weisman solved that defensive maneuver, hitting Campbell and Aggour with consecutive length-of-the-court passes after the inbounds pass for layups and effectively sealing the victory. S (12-1) -- Weisman 16, Campbell 17, Aggour 16, Davis 10, Wolfram 3. Totals 29 3 62. W (9-3) -- Lake 15, Cohen 12, Bernius 9, Crone 4, Kowalski 1, Wolfman 2, Parker 2, Johnson 2. Totals 17 6 47.
Halftime: Springbrook, 34-25.
Three-point goals: Springbrook 1 (Weisman); Whitman 7 (Cohen 4, Lake 3).