Three district wins have propelled the George C. Marshall High School girls varsity basketball team to second place in the Liberty District Standings. In the past three games, the Lady Statesmen (9-4, 4-1 in the Liberty District) have topped WT Woodson 52-41, clobbered Thomas Jefferson 61-15 and defeated Stone Bridge 65-56 on Tuesday night.
Marshall’s balanced attack continues to be anchored in the post by Maya Al-Shingieti, while guard Nicole Harrison does her damage from the perimeter.
Against Woodson, Harrison finished with 23 points to lead the team, though equally impressive was the collective defensive effort put forth by the Statesmen that limited the Cavaliers to just 15 first-half points. The key to the victory may have been on the glass, where the Statesmen out-rebounded Woodson 31-21. Al-Shingieti had eight rebounds, while Harrison had seven to go with eight steals. KT Mesich and Amanda Flynn each added six points in the Marshall win.
The Statesmen emphatically continued their rebounding mastery against Thomas Jefferson, out-rebounding the Colonials 56-16. That edge helped Marshall to a 23-3 lead after the first quarter, with Jefferson scoring just one basket in the entire first half.
Three Marshall players finished the game in double-digits in scoring, led by Harrison with 12, followed by Ali Johnson with 11 and Mesich with 10 points. Johnson also added 11 rebounds to complete the double-double. Dawn Emerson led Marshall with 14 rebounds in the game.
In the game against Stone Bridge, the closet contest of the three, Al-Shingieti turned in a sterling performance, scoring 10 of her 22 points in the third quarter to pull away from the Bull Dogs after trailing by one at halftime. Nicole Harrison chipped in with 18 points, while Laura Burch added 13 to account for the three Statesmen scoring in double figures.
The three-game winning streak could be the start of an even longer one, as Marshall’s next three games are all at home. The team will face McLean this Thursday, before matching up with Langley next Tuesday. Those two games lead up to what will most likely be the biggest remaining game of the season for the Statesmen — a rematch with first-place Madison next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The two teams met previously on Dec. 22, with the Warhawks claiming a 52-44 decision.