T. Roosevelt 45, Bullis 40
It was only fitting that the nonconference game between unbeaten Theodore Roosevelt and defending Independent School League AA champion Bullis was decided by Shanae Brice.
The 5-foot-5 sophomore guard had been a thorn in the side of the No. 9 Bulldogs all game and with 20 seconds remaining, she calmly converted two free throws to secure fifth-ranked Roosevelt's 45-40 victory yesterday in Northwest Washington.
"She's the heart and soul of this team," Roosevelt Coach Tyrone Pittman said. "What she lacks in height, she conquers with her speed. She's really becoming comfortable handling the point and guiding this team."
It was the Rough Riders' second consecutive victory over a top 20 team in the past four days. Roosevelt (11-0) edged reigning District public school champion Dunbar, 55-54, on Friday.
The loss ended Bullis's nine-game winning streak and dropped the Bulldogs to 11-3.
Brice finished with a game-best 17 points, including nine in the second quarter to spark a 15-2 run as Roosevelt entered halftime with a 30-27 advantage.
"I just kept going to the hole, and it was working," said Brice, whose moniker is "Little Iverson" and jersey number is "3," the same as 76ers guard Allen Iverson.
Bullis junior guard Sofi Mojidi, who entered with a team-high 11 points per game average and a team-best 18 three-pointers, finished with 13 points and three three-pointers. But she was the only Bulldog in double figures.
Roosevelt had three players score in double figures: Katrina Wheeler and Diamond Mitchell had 10 points apiece. Wheeler also had a game-high 11 rebounds and helped the Rough Riders to a 31-20 rebounding edge.
"As they [Roosevelt] became more aggressive, we withdrew," Bullis Coach Wayne Ferrell said.