Quince Orchard 54, Walter Johnson 45
Making her first start of the year in the low post, Quince Orchard senior Brittany Dorsey was surprised to find how many nuances there were last night in reacclimating herself to her old position.
But after getting the hang of playing on the blocks again, Dorsey's offensive rebounding proved to be the difference in Quince Orchard's 54-45 victory over Walter Johnson in a Montgomery County nonleague game in Gaithersburg.
"I realized there were a lot of little things I had forgotten," Dorsey said. "But by the last few minutes of the game, I really understood how to step up."
The Cougars (16-4) won their second tough game this week. On Tuesday, Quince Orchard defeated No. 8 Damascus in overtime.
Last night, the Cougars dominated the boards, with 50 rebounds (20 on offense) to the Wildcats' 34. Sophomore Samerria Crowder, who played despite the flu, had a game-high 11 rebounds, and senior Megan Dowdy added 10 rebounds. Junior guard Treena Limgenco had 13 points.
Dorsey scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, including seven directly off offensive rebounds, and she had five of her seven rebounds after halftime. Dorsey played forward as a sophomore and junior, but she has started at guard this season.
The Cougars were trailing 45-44 when Dorsey got an offensive rebound, made a layup and was fouled with 1 minute 10 seconds remaining. Dorsey's free throw gave the Cougars a 47-45 lead, and the Wildcats would not score again.
"They made a lot of good offensive rebounds toward the end, and I think that play [by Dorsey] really took the air out of us," Walter Johnson Coach Lynn Poznanski said. "We did a great job hanging in there, but we just didn't have enough in the end."
Walter Johnson (11-8) led for much of the game despite the absence of three of its top five scorers. Six-foot sophomore Alex Porter, the team's leading scorer and rebounder with more than 14 points and 18 rebounds per game, severely sprained her right ankle at the end of the Wildcats' overtime loss to No. 12 Paint Branch on Tuesday. Porter's return for this season is questionable.