Langley 41, Hayfield 38
For two quarters, Nicole Kiffe was all the offense Langley had. But her efforts were still enough to put the Saxons in position for another come-from-behind victory.
Despite her team shooting 3 for 28 in the first half and not making a field goal in the second quarter, Kiffe scored 15 of her game-high 18 points in the second and third quarters to put host Langley in position for its 41-38 win over No. 18 Hayfield last night.
"Every game, it's been a little different with who steps up," Kiffe said. "In this game I had to do it because we weren't hitting our shots. Somebody had to make it happen."
It was the second straight game the Saxons (10-2) needed someone to make it happen. Langley trailed Hayfield (9-3), which has dropped three straight, 20-13 at halftime. In their previous game against Fairfax, the Saxons fell behind by eight because of poor shooting, but came back to win, 44-34.
"Everybody was struggling, obviously," Langley Coach Cheryl Buffo said. "We were in the same position the other night. . . . We have not shot great all year, but our defense is the one thing that has been consistent."
Langley's defense and early foul trouble was what contained Hayfield's leading scorer, Iyan Napier, to nine points. Kelly McGraw led the Hawks with 11, including three three-pointers.
Langley never trailed by more than seven in the second half, and took its first lead with 4 minutes 41 seconds to play. The Saxons did it with a 7-0 run that was highlighted by a three-point-play by Kimberly Germain and a short jumper in the lane by Erika Immel.
"It was incredible, we just kept feeling the momentum coming our way," Kiffe said. "We feed off each other and can play so well when each other is playing well."
Langley took a four-point lead with 44 seconds to play after Lauren Anderson made a free throw.
Tiara Davis hit a short jumper in the lane to pull the Hawks within two, but Farrah Goal made 1 of 2 free throws for the Saxons and a long three-pointer at the buzzer fell short.
Hayfield's three losses this week have come against Langley, Robinson and No. 7 West Springfield, who have a combined record of 29-6.