Springbrook's offense got on track for only about five minutes last night against Gaithersburg, but those streaks proved to be the difference for the third-ranked Blue Devils in a 58-38 Montgomery girls basketball victory.
Springbrook (15-1 overall, 6-0 in Montgomery Division I) ran off 13 unanswered points in the last two minutes of the half and had a 10-0 run during a three-minute stretch of the fourth period. Except for those streaks, the Lady Trojans appeared headed for an upset.
"We were a little impatient and we didn't take our time to wait for the offense to get into gear," Coach Bill Wiley said. "We had some spurts where we were handling the ball real well but then we would start throwing it away again.
"We were a little inconsistent but, overall, it was a big game for us and the girls responded real well to being behind."
Gaithersburg (12-4, 4-2) capitalized on Springbrook's missed shots and turnovers early and took a 15-10 lead into the second quarter. Melissa Simpson led the Lady Trojans, scoring all of her team-high 12 points in the first half. The lead might have been bigger had it not been for the steady inside game of Blue Devils forward Lora Aggour.
Aggour scored Springbrook's first 10 points on her way to a game-high 20.
"I knew they would warm up soon enough," Aggour said of the Blue Devils' outside shooters. "We work as a team so I just picked up the slack."
Point guard Cindy Weisman struggled with turnovers in the first period but finished with 12 points.
"We just try to find the person that's hot for that night and let them do it," Weisman said. "There's some nights when we're all on and some nights when we're all off but you just have to find the person that's hot and get them the ball. It was Lora in the first quarter, definitely."
The streak at the end of the half put Springbrook up by 33-27. Gaithersburg stayed in contention until the second burst increased the lead to 20 with just over three minutes left.
The Blue Devils switched from man-to-man defense to a zone press in the second period and limited the Lady Trojans to 11 points in the second half. Aggour and Cecilee Campbell controlled the lane with several intimidating blocks.
The win leaves Springbrook two games ahead of the competition in the division.
"Tonight I think we proved we are the top team in the county," Aggour said. "We've beaten everyone who is a threat to us."