Even after winning the City Title game in April, Theodore Roosevelt had unfinished business. The team didn't play Bishop McNamara, which had been the top-ranked team in the Washington area -- and the nation.
Theodore Roosevelt took advantage of its chance last night with a 58-44 victory over the Mustangs in the Nike Elite Summer League championship game in Forestville.
"We were really psyched to play McNamara," said junior guard Shanae Brice, who finished with 20 points. "McNamara is McNamara, summer league or not."
The Rough Riders (11-2) took a 48-41 lead with 2 minutes 1 second remaining behind a tenacious half-court trapping defense. McNamara went scoreless for nearly three minutes and committed five turnovers during one stretch.
"They kept trapping us," said Mustangs senior forward Iman McFarland, who scored a team-high 18 points. "Our guards couldn't get the ball up the court. They're a hard-working team. They have some good guards."
McNamara nearly rallied. McFarland made a three-point shot from the right arc to cut the deficit to 50-44 with 1:23 remaining. But the Rough Riders went into an offensive stall that forced the Mustangs to foul.
"The trap is a deadly thing," said Roosevelt's Katrina Wheeler, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Mustangs came out strong to take an 11-4 lead in the opening minutes. But then the lights at the gymnasium went out and delayed the game for nearly 10 minutes. As Roosevelt's players sat on the bench, they got an earful from Coach Tyrone Pittman about improving their defense.
The speech appeared to work, as the Rough Riders went on a 12-2 run to take their first lead at 16-13.
Some Big Commitments
Two North Stafford senior football linemen unofficially committed to play at Division I colleges in 2005. Tony North, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman, announced plans to attend Virginia Tech. Cordarrow Thompson, a 6-3, 320-pound defensive lineman, said he will play at Syracuse. Both made their announcements this week. They joined teammate Patrick Slebonick, who orally committed to Virginia in April. Slebonick, an offensive lineman, is 6-5, 295 pounds.
Jefferson Crew Falls Short
The Jefferson boys' varsity eight rowing team lost its second-round race and was eliminated from the Henley Royal Regatta's Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley-on-Thames, England. The Colonials lost to St. Andrew's College of South Africa by 11/4 lengths in the round of 16.
Staff writer Preston Williams contributed to this report.