Bryant stands three inches shorter than Koshuta, who averages 27 points per game, but Bryant is an aggressive jumper and was quick enough around the floor to give the Cubs their best imitation of the Warhawks’ 6-foot-2 forward.
Bryant’s practice post play prepared No. 19 Georgetown Visitation well: Koshuta was held to 12 points as the Cubs won, 46-32, in Northwest.
“[Bryant] is really aggressive and she’s not afraid to push you around in practice,” sophomore Maddy Reed said. “That helped a lot, and moving our feet to get around [Koshuta] was a big emphasis today.”
Reed may have appeared to be a non-factor on the stat sheet with two points coming on a third quarter layup. But it was her responsibility to front Koshuta most of the night in the matchup 2-3 zone defense.
Madison (3-5) didn’t help itself by committing 12 second-half turnovers.
In the middle of the zone, Visitation (5-0) placed 5-foot-10 freshman forward Maeve Carroll, who was able to nab several steals on entry passes and alter shots around the hoop.
Carroll also scored a game-high 16 points, a career-best, to go along with 13 rebounds. She was a major beneficiary of sophomore Alexis Gray pushing the ball quickly up the court for easy buckets.
“Playing with [Gray] makes the game a lot easier,” Carroll said. “She moves the ball around nicely and she can score, too.”
Gray entered Friday’s game averaging 19.5 points and is one of the most accurate shooters in the area. She scored eight points but made her mark instructing others as the lead guard.
Senior Ana Hagerup was held scoreless in the team’s previous game, but with her Thursday Advanced Placement psychology final marking the end of exams, she played with a clear mind. Hagerup poured in 12 points, including two second-half three-pointers.
“We had exams all week, but we’re finally getting into the hang of things now,” Hagerup said. “It was really nice to make the first three, and my team motivated me all night.”
Madison’s 32 points was its lowest output of the season, and now the Warhawks get a well-deserved break after opening the season with five of seven opponents ranked in the latest Post Top 20. The Warhawks return to the court on Dec. 27 at the Westfield Bulldog Bash, where they will open up against Roland Park.
Georgetown Visitation will stay in the District for the Title IX Holiday Tournament at Wilson and Trinity University. The Cubs will face Mays (Ga.) on Dec. 27.