In case the eighth-ranked Oakton girls basketball team wasn't strong enough, in the offseason it added junior guard Katherine Fill, who started at West Springfield on last season's undefeated Virginia state championship team. Last night, she was one of four Cougars to score in double figures, as her 14 points helped lead host Oakton to an 83-31 rout over Washington-Lee.
Junior forward Amaka Agugua added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots, and 6-foot-1 junior forward Megan Scott had a game-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and added six rebounds and five assists for Oakton, which improved to 3-0.
Fill transferred to Oakton in the summer when her family moved into the school district. "I'm trying to [help bring a championship mentality], but we've got a ways to go," Fill said. "We're working really hard and looking forward to playing Robinson. They're our toughest competition."
Last night Oakton used a three-quarters-court trap defense to force 31 turnovers, and turned most of those into easy layups. All 12 Cougars who dressed scored, as Washington-Lee's full-court press was ineffective.
"We wanted to have an up-tempo game," Oakton Coach Fred Priester said. "When they pressured us early, it was exactly what we wanted. We got some turnovers and it gave us the opportunity to jump-start the offense."
Oakton jumped out in front with an 11-0 run to take a 13-2 lead. Washington-Lee (1-2) hung tough until late in the first quarter, but a 21-1 run over a nine-minute span gave the Cougars a 40-12 second-quarter advantage and effectively ended the game. Alternating five players at a time, Oakton went on a 19-0 second-half run to go up 65-20, before the reserves closed it out.
"We can't turn the ball over that many times, especially against a top 10 team," first-year Washington-Lee coach George Porcha said. "We've got a tough out-of-conference schedule, but once we get into the National District, we'll be competitive."
The 83 points came somewhat as a relief for Oakton, which struggled offensively in victories over Annandale and Madison. The Cougars scored 55 points in each of those wins.
"This helped our confidence because we didn't play too well against Annandale," Scott said. "Tonight we played good defensively and offensively."
Said Agugua: "I was real focused tonight because I didn't play well in those first two games. Tonight we hustled and got results."