Magruder girls' basketball coach Pam Sinclair Dean calls Colonels senior Lauren Brogden the "typical athlete." When crunch time approaches, Brogden wants the ball.
Brogden displayed her late-game savvy in the Colonels' 49-48 win at Quince Orchard, making two free throws in the final minute to complete an 11-point comeback in a Montgomery County 4A/3A West Division game in Gaithersburg.
"She's definitely got that athlete's mind-set," Dean said. "She's dying to have the ball when the game is on the line, and she showed tonight that she can handle that pressure."
Brogden finished with 10 points as Magruder (13-3, 7-3) swept the season series against Quince Orchard (12-4, 7-3) and moved into a second-place tie in the West Division. Before a 53-51 win over the Cougars on Jan. 2, Magruder had not beaten Quince Orchard in three seasons.
On Magruder's last two offensive possessions, Brogden drove to the basket, drawing a foul each time. Brogden made 2 of 4 free throws in the last 61 seconds, and the Cougars missed their last two shots.
"I've been in free throw situations like that before, and I don't mind it," Brogden said. During the last two attempts from the line, with 18 seconds left, "I just knew that I had to make at least one for our team to win, so I made sure to do that."
Led by Megan Dowdy's 17 points, Quince Orchard was in control for much of the game, taking a lead early in the second quarter and not relinquishing it until Brogden's free throw with 18 seconds left. The Cougars led by 11 with nine minutes remaining before the stellar play of Brogden and junior forward Rachel Dougherty keyed Magruder's comeback.
The 6-foot Dougherty made 6 of 9 shots, including put-backs and low and high-post jumpers to lead the Colonels with 12 points. She also picked up three second-half assists, effectively getting the ball to 6-1 freshman center Taylor Herrgott (10 points) under the basket for layups.
"That was the best game Rachel's played this year," Dean said. "She was the hot hand for us, whether she was scoring, rebounding or passing."
In the boys' game that followed, senior forward Pedro Argueta scored a season high 21 points as Magruder defeated Quince Orchard, 65-26. Junior guard Brandon Giles had seven assists and junior center Evin Roach had eight rebounds for the Colonels (14-3, 11-0).
Quince Orchard fell to 5-11, 2-8.