Mount Vernon 67, Washington-Lee 56

After Mount Vernon's Nikki Rowland grabbed her final rebound just before the final buzzer, there was no questioning if the Majors were still the team to beat in the AAA National District.

Rowland scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had five assists to lead Mount Vernon to a 67-56 home win over Washington-Lee last night, the 96th consecutive district win for the Majors.

"This game meant a lot. This is the game that determined whether or not we were the best in the district," Rowland said. "There's a lot of doubt now that we don't have any post players, we're an all-guard team and we handled what we had to tonight."

Handling Washington-Lee (9-5, 4-1 National District) meant containing Tiffany Green, who led the Generals with a game-high 17 points. The Generals trailed by 11 in the first half, but Green made three three-pointers in the second half, including one during a 14-4 run during which Washington-Lee took its first lead since the opening basket of the game.

"I just feel that one player can't beat a team," Mount Vernon Coach Kenny Farmer said about Green. "She's a great, great player. . . . But we were trying to run her into the ground, and I think we got that done. She tired."

Rowland and Mount Vernon (11-2, 5-0) took advantage of a tired Green by going on a big run of their own.

With the game tied at 47, Rowland scored game's next nine points, including one three-pointer during a 10-minute, 20-4 run in which Washington-Lee's offense made one shot.

"We're a team of spurts, and when it got down to the line we knew what we had to do," Rowland said. "We knew we had to go to the basket and we started getting the calls."

The win puts Mount Vernon on track for its ninth straight National District title, but despite having won games by 53, 72, and 82 points this season, Rowland and her teammates still feel the pressure when they get tested with first place on the line.

"It's a lot of pressure. Being a senior, you'd hate for it to be your year that you actually lose your district," Rowland said.

Mount Vernon would need district wins over Yorktown, Wakefield, Edison and Stuart to reach 100 straight National District wins.

Ashley Ling helps Majors, who used 20-4 run to pull away, stay on track for their ninth National District title in a row.