The Bishop McNamara starting lineup in Friday night's girls' City Title Game was plenty imposing: All five starters have scored in double digits this season, all five average between six and 12 points per game and two are 6 feet or taller. But when the Mustangs substitute en masse -- as they did in each quarter against H.D. Woodson -- the drop-off is negligible.
Five reserves -- Genet Moore, Ashley Spriggs, Alexandra Roane, Jori Nwachukwu and Chauntise Wright -- entered for three minutes at the end of the first quarter and for four minutes at the end of the second quarter. The first time, they outscored the Warriors 9-6; the second time, they ended the half on a 16-4 run. All five starters and all five reserves scored in the half.
H.D. Woodson, which had just eight players in uniform, struggled to keep up with the rested and athletic Mustangs.
"We feel like we have two squads," said Moore, who scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the first half. "Our number two squad is as good as our number one squad."
Washington Post assistant managing editor for sports George Solomon, who will retire on June 1 after a 28-year tenure, was honored between City Title games for his contributions to area scholastic sports.
"George is a Washington sports institution," said Bobby Goldwater, president and executive director of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, which is a sponsor of the City Title games. "We thought that on the occasion of his retirement, it would be an appropriate time to recognize him."
Bringing Good Cheer
Best cheers from the Gonzaga student section, which often had the near-capacity crowd chuckling:
"Please stop fouling" when the game slowed down in the second quarter; "It's a social" when Gonzaga's lead expanded; "Pull your pants up" to Dunbar's baggy-trousered guard Tre Kelley, and "It's our city" as the clock wound down on Gonzaga's first City Title victory.
Ewing Jr. to IU
National Christian senior forward Patrick Ewing Jr. has orally committed to sign with Indiana, according to his coach, Trevor Brown.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Ewing, who has qualified academically, according to Brown, averaged 17 points per game this season, his first with National Christian.
Patrick Ewing Sr., who starred at Georgetown, declined to elaborate on his son's decision, jokingly saying, "I haven't gotten over it yet."
-- Dan Steinberg, Alan Goldenbach and Steve Wyche