BETHESDA — On Saturday afternoon, two Bethesda high-school rivals squared off in girls’ basketball as the Whitman Lady Vikings hosted the Walter Johnson Lady Wildcats. WJ started out strong, by jumping out to a 10-0 lead, but then the momentum swung in the favor of Whitman as they took care of business in a 49-30 victory.
At first, WJ put up 10 on the home team, thanks to a three-pointer by senior Maya Assaker (bottom left), to open the contest, as well as free throws made by senior Emily Martin, as the Lady Vikings struggled to hit buckets early on.
The first points from Whitman came with 3:20 left in the first when senior Leia Till hit a couple of free throws. The Lady Wildcats led 15-5 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was a different story, as the momentum changed drastically. Whitman outscored the visitors with 15 points, much like Walter Johnson did the previous quarter.
Till and fellow senior Elyse Lowet came through with five and seven points, respectively, to eventually tie the game at 20-20 just before halftime. However, the Wildcats had just enough time for a buzzer-beater, as Assaker hit a lay-up right before the clock hit zero to give WJ a 22-20 lead.
Once the second half began, the Vikings took total control and never looked back. The Lady Vikings added 12 points, including six of those points from sophomore Jaclyn Morgan, to finish the third quarter leading 32-24.
In the end, Lowet was the Lady Vikings’ leading scorer with 11 points while Till put up nine total points.
With the win, Whitman improves to 7-1.