Chantilly 49, Jefferson 43
There was no lack of confidence on the floor last night at Jefferson. The Colonials were out to avenge their only loss of the season -- a setback this month at Chantilly -- and the Chargers came in with a 13-game winning streak.
Chantilly then rode the clutch play of senior guard Caitlyn Gorski and Alena Koshansky to a hard-fought 49-43 win in a key girls' Concorde District game.
The victory gave the 15th-ranked Chargers (14-3, 8-0) a commanding lead over No. 17 Jefferson (14-2, 6-2) in the district.
The Chargers, as they did when the teams met Jan. 6, trailed at halftime. But Gorski, working to get herself free in transition and out of the half-court set, scored 13 points in the third quarter to pull her team even at 34 after it trailed 24-17 at the half.
The last bucket of that period came when she converted a last-second fast-break lay-up.
"We really started slow, not doing the basics or the little things in the first half," said Gorski (15 points). "But we decided as a team during halftime that we really wanted this game more. We want to win our district. We came out with more heart and more hustle and it made the difference."
Jefferson seemed to have more desire in the first half, building a 24-14 lead when reserve center Adrienne Young (10 points) scored on a follow-up with 1 minute 20 seconds left in the half. The Colonials were inspired not only by what was at stake, but also by losing two starters -- guard Kendall Stone (wrist) and Lizzie Tallent (shoulder) -- to injuries during the first quarter. Neither played in the second quarter, and center Maddie Regan (nine first-quarter points) also watched from the bench, having picked up her second foul late in the first quarter.
But all three returned in the third quarter, only to watch Gorski continually work herself free from various spots on the court.
"I credit Alena," Gorski said. "She worked things so that I would get open."
Koshansky also contributed a game-high 17 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Although she entered the game hitting 90 percent from the foul line, she was 6 of 10 last night.
That didn't matter in the end. Junior forward Kathryn Wooldridge (six points) broke a tie at 38 by scoring back-to-back buckets midway through the fourth quarter to give her team its first lead.