BETHESDA — Caitlyn Clendenin saved the best for last.
The senior finished with a game-high 22 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team to a 61-55 win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the regular season finale.
It was a special moment for Clendenin and her senior classmates as B-CC handed visiting Richard Montgomery their first loss of the season on Senior Night.
“It feels really good,” said Clendenin. “Some of my friends were on that team so it was exciting to play against them and have a little friendly competition with them and obviously exciting to get the win as well.”
B-CC seniors Charlotte Lowndes and Eve McGloon also contributed in the win over the Rockets, scoring 19 and five points, respectively.
“Obviously they’re undefeated so it was a huge game and they’re one of the best teams in the county,” said Clendenin, “so it really solidified all our hard work and showed us that what we’ve been doing this whole season is finally coming to fruition.”
Meanwhile, the Rockets were led by ‘The Big Three’ of senior standouts Karon Williams, Melanie Osborne and Nusaibah Rashad who combined to score all 55 of their team’s points.
Williams, a guard, and Rashad, a forward, each scored 20 points and Osborne finished with 15 points for the Rockets who were vying for an undefeated regular season.
Clendenin and Lowndes played AAU basketball for the Maryland Lightning alongside Williams and Osborne so the game marked a reunion of sorts for the student-athletes.
B-CC finished the regular season at 16-4 while Richard Montgomery heads into the postseason one win shy of a perfect record at 21-1.
“We knew they were undefeated but we also had confidence in how good we are as a team and what we’re capable of when we play as a team and when we play together,” said B-CC head coach Ryan Ingalls, a 2005 B-CC graduate who played collegiately at Lehigh.
Ingalls also praised the performance of B-CC juniors Stephanie Howell and Merete Cowles.
“I love this program and to see them win a game like this means the world to me,” said Ingalls.
B-CC captured their fifth consecutive win and enters the postseason on a tremendous high after an emotional victory on Senior Night.
“It gives us a lot of momentum,” added Clendenin. “I think we played some of our best basketball tonight so we can definitely use this game as an example for how we want to play the rest of this season and going into the playoffs.”