ROCKVILLE – As the D.C. area steeled itself for the biggest storm of the season thus far, the Bethesda Chevy-Chase varsity girls basketball team unleashed a storm of its own against Rockville Thursday at the Jim Conner Coliseum.
Although both teams lost a day of practice, the Barons didn’t seem to miss a beat as they dominated the Rams, 59-32.
The game was rescheduled from Friday night due to the snowstorm that is expected to hammer the East Coast.
BCC senior guard Daisy Leahy’s three pointers slipped easily through the net and helped chip away at the possibility of a Rockville comeback.
Leahy played for three quarters and led all scorers with 17 points.
The 11-2 Barons were especially strong defensively. Several players rebounded their own missed shots. Leahy and sophomore guard Caitlin Clendenin gave BCC more scoring opportunities by stealing passes.
Barons head coach Ryan Ingalls said that a strong defense is part of her team’s identity.
“We feel that defense turns into offense,” said Ingalls. “Getting steals and getting stops turn into transition points.”
The Rams were down by ten at the half.
BCC’s defense, however, went into overdrive in the third quarter and held the Rams to just five points.
The Barons went on a 17-point scoring run and the Rams couldn’t respond.
Nearly five minutes went by in the third quarter before the Rams could produce on offense. Junior forward Mfon Akpaete made her secaond free throw to put her team on the board in the second half.
The Rams showed some life in the third quarter but their unsatisfactory performance in the third undid the team. The loss puts Rockville at 7-4.
Head coach Frank Weaver admitted the Rams tangled with a good team.
“They were fundamentally sound. We ran into a team that was better than us,” he said. “They beat us to the ball and they played great defense.”
The Rams started the season 0-2 before going on a seven game winning streak.
Weaver said he hopes two losses in a row will motivate his team to return to their winning ways. The Rams exited the game with eight days to prepare to face Walter Johnson.
“We were winning,” he said. “Let’s bring it back.”
Ingalls said she believes her team’s potential is limitless.
“I think we have the talent to make it all the way to states,” she said. “It’s just a matter of putting it all together and playing our best basketball at the end of the season.”