Edison earned an upset win over T.C. Williams on Tuesday. (Samantha Pell/The Washington Post)

Carole Miller hobbled through the packed hallway outside the Edison gym after her team's 55-52 upset win over No. 9 T.C. Williams with a grin on her face and a large ice pack on her right knee. 

Battle wounds — that's how others described the large bruise. But for the Edison junior guard, it was just another night battling down low, converting 11 of 12 free throws — nine of which came in the fourth quarter — to lead her team with 15 points. 

"I pride myself in being very aggressive," Miller said. "Post isn't my position anymore, but I have to play it here and it gives me a challenge. . . . I like the contact." 

Miller's aggressiveness propelled the Eagles to a 16-3 record and a 12-game winning streak as T.C. Williams, which was led by junior guard Trinity Palacio's 21 points, dropped to 15-4. 

"We feel like we have been counted out all season," Miller said. "Dropped from the rankings, dropped from everywhere. It felt like what else did we need to do? We felt like this was a very prove yourself-type game." 

With both the Eagles and Titans having similar styles of play with up-tempo guards, full-court pressure and man-to-man defense, the contest was evenly matched from the start. Both squads traded buckets in a game of second quarter runs until the scored flashed 26-26 at halftime.

It was right before the fourth quarter, with T.C Williams up 38-34, when Edison Coach Dianne Lewis got on Miller in a timeout, telling her to start leading her team. With the game tied at 46 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Miller went to the line on back-to-back possessions and knocked down four free throws, giving Edison a 50-46 lead it never relinquished.

"They were being very physical with her, and it is the game of basketball, but she maintained her composure and kept her head and understood that we needed her down the stretch," Lewis said. 

After all, on Miller's back, the word "strength" is etched on her jersey — a trait she prides herself in game after game. All members of Edison have different mottos on their backs of their jerseys, from "courage" to "heart" to "resilient," among others. It was a tradition Lewis started a few years ago.

"Yeah, that played a key part tonight," said Miller, laughing at the accuracy of the description on her jersey. "Sometimes they call me soft to get in my head and play strong." 

The Eagles now have their sights set on the state tournament in the coming weeks, as they will continue to use the win over T.C. Williams as a motivating factor and benchmark for the future.

"We know at this time in the season we have to be at a certain place, and I think this game shows that we are in that place," Lewis said.