BETHESDA – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls basketball team continue their impressive start to the 2019-2020 season as junior forward Caroline Orza scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Barons to a 53-37 victory over Walt Whitman High School on Jan. 28.
With the win, the Barons (11-1) won their fifth straight game despite starting their matchup against the Vikings down 8-2 in the first quarter. B-CC tied it up at 8-8, but Whitman (7-7) scored a go-ahead layup to end the first quarter up by two points.
“Anytime we play Whitman, it’s such a competitive game,” said Barons Head Coach Ryan Ingalls. “Both teams really get up for it. So I’m really proud of our girls for coming together and playing consistently when it mattered in the second half, and they did the little things that they needed to win.”
Orza picked up the pace for the Barons in the second quarter by knocking down a 3-pointer after the opening whistle. B-CC used the converted shot as a starting point as they went on an 11-3 run and headed into halftime up 22-14.
Orza finished the first half with nine total points, while her junior teammate Emily Niman added seven second-quarter points, including three made free throws. Meanwhile, Whitman only added four total points in the second quarter on two buckets made by seniors Anna Krush and Emma Salafsky.
B-CC continued to keep the offensive tempo on their side, with Orza dropping 13 points in the second half. Ingalls will look to her junior forward to keep her explosive play going when the Barons host Churchill on Jan. 31.
“She’s a strong player,” said Ingalls. “She adapts well to what defenses are doing and distributes the ball well when people collapse on her. Think she did a really good job tonight of stepping up and having a big game.”
Senior Drew Meadows was the Vikings’ leading scorer with 14 points. Whitman will look to rebound after the devastating loss when it travels to face Paint Branch High School on Jan. 31.