For most of last night's girls' basketball game against No. 17 Westfield, Washington-Lee point guard Tiffany Green was content to demonstrate her newfound comfort running the Generals' half-court offense. But after Westfield rallied from a 12-point deficit and drew within two late in the game, Green went back to doing what she does best.
With 30 seconds remaining, the speedy guard raced the length of the court and delivered a bounce pass to Sharon Prange for an easy layup, to help secure Washington-Lee's 38-31 victory.
"When they make a shot, they settle down, and if you push it, it's hard for them to get back on defense," said Green, who finished with a team-high nine points and seven assists.
Westfield (1-1) failed to capitalize on several open chances down the stretch, and Washington-Lee (2-0) made 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute to clinch the victory.
The game pitted two teams with great potential; each squad finished with a winning record last year, and each returned five starters. Washington-Lee senior forward Vania Pruitt set the tone early with three first-quarter blocks.
"They came out and blocked a few shots early, and we didn't get to the line, so we kind of shied away a little bit," Westfield Coach Pat Deegan said. "We had a lot of good looks, but the confidence wasn't there the way it should have been."
Meantime, Green -- a first-team all-Northern Region selection as a sophomore -- was showing that the Generals could play at a slower pace. Only four of their 25 first-half points came on the fast break.
After her team spread the floor and controlled the ball for the final minute of the first half, Green penetrated and found Tyishia Moten for an open layup seconds before the buzzer, giving the Generals a 12-point halftime lead.
"It's a tribute to us being a more experienced team," Washington-Lee Coach George Porcha said. "The last few years, the only style we've been able to play is up-tempo. Now, we're able to run more sets, and that's the difference."
It was the second consecutive year the teams have met early in the season with undefeated records.
The Generals also won last year en route to a 15-9 record.