GAITHERSBURG- The Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles girls basketball team was muted by the Gaithersburg Trojans, 58-29, still failing to win a single game this season.
The Screamin’ Eagles are now at 0-14, while Gaithersburg moves to 9-4.
It was a lopsided battle from the beginning, with a strong Gaithersburg team with plenty of experience against a relatively young Seneca Valley squad.
After a while, Trojans head coach Adrian McDaniel let his younger players have some time in the spotlight and was impressed with what he saw.
“I was pleased to play some young girls, get some other time, it was a good rotation,” said McDaniel.
The Screamin’ Eagles always trailed the Trojans for the entire game, but occasionally cut the lead short in the first half. Sophomore point guard Nya Martinez helped the Screamin’ Eagles shorten the gap with the occasional three-pointer, but it was not enough.
The Trojans had a seven-point lead coming out of the first quarter and a 10-point lead going into halftime. Senior guard Javana Jones scored 13 of 30 points in the first half of the game, a harbinger of what was to come next.
A tougher defense and a Trojan team quick to capitalize on the mistakes of the Screamin Eagles kept the visitors to only three points in the third quarter, while the Trojans went on a 19 point run that started after the first basket by Screamin’ Eagle junior guard Stephanie Vigezzi until the end of the quarter when junior forward Chinenye Nwachukwu made a shot from the foul line after the buzzer.
Seneca Valley was not going to leave Gaithersburg without a surprise, though, and delivered with a strong defensive show in the final quarter.
The Screamin’ Eagles kept the Trojans to a game-low nine points in the fourth quarter and scoreless for over four minutes, but it was not enough to overcome the 20-plus points deficit.
“Just calling the time out, getting them energized, and saying ‘hey look, you guys have nothing to lose, let’s just play, put our hearts on the floor and follow them’,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Jennifer Hoffmann.