The Cougars (16-4, 8-3 Maryland 4A West) started the year slowly, losing three games in the early part of the season by a combined five points, but have rebounded to win four games in a row, including a 61-58 overtime win over then-No. 6 Damascus and a hard-fought 54-45 win over always tough Walter Johnson on Friday. Senior center Megan Dowdy averaged 11.5 points in the pair of wins, and senior guard Brittany Dorsey averaged 15.5. But perhaps the biggest surprise for the Cougars has been reserve Treena Limgenco, who averaged 12 points during the week. "We are starting to play well at the end of games which is of course when you want to play well, and we are starting to play well at the end of the season, which if you want a trend, that's what you want," Quince Orchard Coach Dennis Drown said.
The senior guard has been the central figure for the team, increasing its win total from two last season to seven this year. She led the Eagles to a 2-1 record last week, recording her second double-double (21 points, 16 rebounds) in three days during a 49-39 win over Glen Burnie on Friday. She also had a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) in a 51-43 loss to Chesapeake on Wednesday, and scored a game-high 19 points in a 43-37 win against North County on Monday. Reisett is the only Northeast player averaging double digits (14.3 points).
The 18th-ranked Clippers have been Maryland 4A runners-up twice in the past three years, but there is something other than a state title that the team's seniors have missed out on: a county title. With two wins last week, including a 56-38 win over second-place Suitland, the Clippers (16-3, 15-1) moved within a victory of clinching the Prince George's County 4A championship, which would be the first for seniors Crystal Payne, LaTricia Jones, Cara Hill and Rayven Simms. Oxon Hill has won seven games in a row dating from a Jan. 17 loss to Largo, and the Lions are next on the Clippers' schedule Friday, the last obstacle toward a county championship.
Russell's vision is fine, so when Northwest Coach Robert Youngblood told her he wanted her to get 20/20 this season, she didn't quite understand what he meant. Youngblood meant a vision of another sorts, 20 points and 20 rebounds, and the junior center has come close. She scored 20 points and had 16 rebounds in a 64-58 loss to Poolesville last week, and had 11 points and 18 rebounds in a loss to Wootton. She averaged 15 rebounds in three losses last week, which is below her average of 16. She is averaging 11.8 points for the Jaguars (7-12).