BULLIS BEATEN: Thanks to timely three-point shooting and accurate free throw shooting by 5-foot-3 Anna Wong, National Cathedral School rallied in the final period Friday and stunned the previously unbeaten Bullis girls basketball team, 64-56. That left the teams tied for first place (at 5-1) in the Independent League with two games left.

Bullis, 20-1 this season and winner of 57 of its last 67 games, led until 1:57 remained. NCS (12-4 overall) outscored Bullis, 26-12, in the fourth quarter with Wong, a guard, making two three-pointers and eight of eight free throws. Candace Johnson-Hampton also played a major role, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the last period. She finished with 10 rebounds.

But NCS Coach Susie Sturman said the difference was the defense on Bullis's Kira Orr and Christina Lee late in the game. Orr finished with 25 and Lee 16, but their points in the final eight minutes were few and far between.

"The girls had been pointing toward this one for a long time," said Sturman. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: While most of the attention in Montgomery County is centered around Blair's 19-0 boys team and the once-beaten Paint Branch boys (17-1), three other teams in the county have quietly made major moves toward division titles and berths in the upcoming state playoffs.

Watkins Mill's boys, 11-11 last year in their first season, have won four straight games and nine of their last 11 to improve to 15-4 overall, 7-3 in Division III. The Wolverines should get a good gauge of their progress Tuesday when they face Paint Branch (9-0 in Division III).

Watkins Mill's girls, 2-19 last year, have also made major strides. A two-point loss to Division III opponent Richard Montgomery Friday night snapped an 11-game winning streak, but Watkins Mill is virtually assured a playoff berth. The Wolverines are 15-2 overall (the other loss also to Richard Montgomery, 49-37).

Another surprise girls team is Wheaton. Eleven consecutive victories, five of them by 20 points or more, have pushed Wheaton's record to 15-2. The Knights (8-13 last season) are 8-1 in Division II and already have wrapped up that title. CRUSADERS MARCH ON: Riverdale Baptist, under the up-tempo pace of first-year coach Brent Carl, are 16-4 and have averaged 92 points per game.

Friday the Crusaders beat Newport Prep and its shot-blocking whiz, Tony Moore, 70-66 in double overtime, and won the Tri-State Conference regular season title. Keith Harrison's three-point shot sent the game into overtime and Dalano Brown made two key free throws in the second extra period.

"I sure can't complain," said Carl. "We set three goals: Win the regular season title, win the Tri-State tournament and win the MACS {Maryland Association of Christian Schools} tournament. We had a tough game against Prep. They beat us the first time {88-77} . . . We trailed throughout {Friday} and had to come back. I told the guys at halftime we had come too far to lose now." SCORING MACHINE: Fairmont Heights (6-12) isn't having one of its better seasons, but Dion Brewington has been doing his best to keep the team competitive. The guard scored 40 points, including seven three-pointers, in a 71-68 loss to Bladensburg Tuesday night and had 45 in a 101-79 triumph over Douglass Friday.