Abby Meyers darted back to the Whitman bench after her first-quarter buzzer-beating three-pointer fell through the cylinder, leaping into the air and doing her best impersonation of the Michael Jordan fist pump.

It was a celebration of a perfectly executed play — it took five seconds, three passes and one dribble to move the ball 94 feet downcourt — and it was the first of many jumps of joy in the Vikings’ 71-55 victory over Western in Saturday’s Maryland 4A final.

A year after losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Eleanor Roosevelt, No. 7 Whitman (24-3) followed a dominant regular season with a state championship at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

“That was just adrenaline right there,” Meyers said. “First quarter of the state championship game, I was just trying to bring energy, be really positive out there.”

The crisp ball movement and synergy that helped the Vikings overtake Western (24-2) were a byproduct not only of several years playing together, but also of a tough private school schedule that led to a few setbacks early in the season.

The Vikings come away victorious with a 71-55 win over the Doves to claim the Maryland 4A State Championship. (Video by Jordan Smith for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

But it paid dividends in what was a dominant postseason run in which Whitman won each game by at least nine points. Against Western, the Vikings established an early double-digit lead and staved off a second-half comeback to win their first state title since 1995 and second in school history.

Meyers, the do-it-all junior playmaker with an ever-expanding set of moves at her disposal, set the tone early by hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter and finishing with 21 points. With Meyers, Hannah Niles (18 points) and Marie Hatch in foul trouble, Emily and Livy Meyers (11 points) — Abby’s sisters — helped extend the Vikings’ lead in the second half.

Betsy Knox was the defensive linchpin and kept the offense moving with her passing out of the post and inside-outside play. The senior forward finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

With the Vikings in control late in the fourth quarter, Coach Pete Kenah subbed out the starters one by one, with each receiving a standing ovation. In the final minute, Sophia Tompkins walked behind Abby Meyers and tapped her on the shoulder, and when she returned to the bench she was greeted with hugs and high-fives. Moments later, the final buzzer sounded and the Vikings held up the championship trophy at center court.

“We’ve been together for so long, we’ve learned from all that,” Knox said. “I think that this final win has just shown the hard work we've put into it. It’s shown that we’ve learned from all that, so it means so much so much. It means that all of that paid off. It’s the hard work and the love for each other that made this team special.”