At one point late in the game between the private school and Interhigh all-stars on Saturday at T.C. Williams, three first-team All-Mets from three different schools — Mooriah Rowser (St. John’s), Faith Randolph (Good Counsel) and Katie McCormick (St. Mary’s Ryken) — were crouched at the scorer’s table to check into the game. It was perhaps the first time ever that has occurred in a high school game, considering that this is only the second year that girls have played in the Capital Classic.
As seniors on Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams that have met in the past two league finals, Rowser and Randolph have been linked for years as rivals. But it was not until joining forces in the two all-star practices and then the game that they finally got acquainted.
“I didn’t really know her on a personal level, so I definitely got to know her a lot better,” Rowser said. “She’s a real, nice, cool, funny person. It was very fun and cool to get to know her. It was good to get to know everybody.”
Rowser, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half, will play at Memphis next season. Randolph, who finished with seven points, will play at Virginia. Rowser graduates June 1 and leaves June 3 for college. The private school all-stars won, 76-67.
First, she was chosen for the Capital Classic, which was to be played on her home court. And recently, she earned a scholarship to Georgia State.
She said that had she stayed in her small Kansas town about an hour outside of Topeka, she never would have gotten a Division I offer. As it was, her commitment to Georgia State was so fresh that she was the only player on the Virginia roster whose college was listed as “undecided.”
“I hadn’t really anticipated playing [college] basketball before I came here,” said Moss, who scored seven of her nine points in the second half. “I wasn’t acquainted with how D-I players played. So I didn’t know I was a D-I player.”
The Maryland-Virginia public school game featured nine players off the top two public school teams from each state — Gaithersburg and Wise in Maryland and Oakton and West Springfield in Virginia.
“There’s a little unspoken — or maybe it’s spoken — rivalry between Maryland and Virginia,” Oakton Coach Fred Priester said. “Whenever we’re looking at different accolades around the area, we’re always saying, ‘How do we measure up?’”
And the rest of us say, “Why don’t you just play each other and find out?” Gaithersburg and Oakton each finished unbeaten this season, and even though the rosters will change, it still would be a high-interest matchup next season if the teams could schedule it.
It’s not likely to happen. Walter Johnson, another Montgomery County school, playing in Oakton’s holiday tournament next season might be the closest we get to a Gaithersburg-Oakton matchup.
The Virginia all-stars beat their Maryland public school counterparts, 74-49, on Saturday.