Potomac School 66,

Flint Hill 50

The only time Potomac School's Peter Prowitt was not in complete control of yesterday's game against Flint Hill was when the ball was not in his hands. But fortunately for the Panthers, that did not happen often.

Prowitt, a polished 6-foot-10 junior center, scored a game-high 37 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead the Panthers to a 66-50 victory -- their 10th in a row -- in Potomac School's cozy gymnasium, which was packed to the doors with an exuberant crowd.

With the victory, the reigning Mid-Atlantic Conference champions gained sole possession of first place in the conference, improving to 12-2 overall and 6-0. Flint Hill dropped to 7-7, 4-1.

"My teammates did a great job getting me the ball," said Prowitt, who is among the top scorers in the area with a 23.2 points-per-game average. "We made some mistakes in the third quarter and the game almost got away from us. But we calmed down and started playing under control again. The big crowd got us a little too excited."

The stretch Prowitt referred to began in the second quarter and lasted until late in the third. The Panthers, who also got 10 points from senior Brian Fairbank and seven points apiece from guards Ross Condon and Mike Fischer, made sloppy passes and missed easy shots which allowed Flint Hill to rally from a double-digit deficit.

Flint Hill, behind Russ Watts's 16 points and Taylor Davis's 14, went on a 13-3 run and moments later took the lead, 39-38, on a three-pointer by Davis with 4 minutes 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Huskies managed to keep close until the start of the fourth quarter. But then the Panthers' guards began pumping the ball inside to Prowitt. With the ball in his hands once again, Prowitt took over, scoring eight of Potomac School's 12 points to start the fourth quarter. His dunk with 2:18 left gave the Panthers a 56-46 lead and put the game out of the Huskies' reach.

"We were a little bit rusty because we haven't played in about two weeks because of exams," Potomac School Coach Matt Carlin said. "We got away from pounding the ball inside to Pete, and when we do that, sometimes we get into trouble. That was the case tonight."

Said Flint Hill Coach Jim Fitzpatrick: "It's difficult to defend a player like Peter Prowitt for several reasons. Not only is he 6-10 and skilled, he's also got the body of a college player. He's got sturdy legs and a strong upper body, and he's got some great moves under the hoop. . . . It's a tough loss for us to take, but we get to play them again in a week. I'm sure the kids are already looking forward to that."

In the first half, Prowitt helped Potomac School race to a 22-8 lead. The Panthers maintained that double-digit lead until late in the second quarter, when a series of miscues and missed shots allowed Watts and Davis to pull the Huskies to 31-28 at halftime.

"When you have a 6-10 player like him on your team, and the other team doesn't, I'll always like our chances," Condon said.