The No. 12 Elizabeth Seton girls basketball team was well on its way to a 77-39 victory over No. 7 Gar-Field last night in Dale City when Roadrunner seniors Jennie Brown and Katrina Martin decided to have a little fun.
Following a timeout early in the fourth quarter, Brown and Martin agreed to run their alley-oop play. Brown, inbounding the ball from the left side, tossed a cross-court pass to Martin, who leapt in the air, caught the ball and then shot it--all before coming back down to the ground.
"We normally don't run that play, but since we were up by a lot, we decided to try it for fun," Martin said. "I'm just glad the ball went in the hoop, because it spun around the rim. We sometimes practice that play, but only when [Coach Richard Brown] isn't looking."
That basket was the final--and most athletic--one that Martin scored in an interstate matchup of perennial powers.
The game was close at first. Gar-Field (2-1) held an 11-7 lead with 2 minutes 4 seconds left in the first quarter. That's when the Indians' leader, senior forward Kia Manuel, left the game. Manuel, who has been fighting flu and practiced lightly on Monday, walked over to a water fountain, collapsed, and was helped to the locker room.
By the time Manuel returned to the bench midway through the second quarter, Seton had built a 23-13 lead and the Roadrunners never looked back. Manuel, who was averaging 15.5 points, started the second half but played sparingly and finished with eight points.
Manuel "was dehydrated and passed out," Gar-Field Coach Larry Baker said. "She got fluids in her and thought she'd give it a go in the second half. . . . Initially, we did pretty good when we matched up with them early. But when we lost Kia--and the way we lost Kia, with her physically collapsing and passing out--that had an effect on our girls. But they'll bounce back; they're resilient."
Seton's Martin finished with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end. It was a typical performance for the 5-foot-10 forward, who has signed with Drexel. She has scored more than 1,500 points in her career and is Seton's all-time leading scorer. If she stays healthy, she has a chance to surpass the 2,000-point and 1,000-rebound marks for her career, making her the school's leader in both categories.
"She's a quiet scorer," Richard Brown said of Martin. "She's been like that her whole career. She has excellent leaping ability, and she just knows how to play the game. She gets in position to get rebounds."
Seton sophomore guard Cotelia Bond-Young, a transfer from Douglass, made four three-pointers and scored 20 points. Junior guard Erin Winston added 17 and had two three-pointers. As a team, the Roadrunners made 7 of 12 three-point attempts.