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Winter Sports Briefs

McLean-Marshall Swim and Dive

McLean High School topped the Marshall High School Statesmen in their head-to-head meet on January 4, as both the men’s and women’s teams chalked up victories for the Highlanders.

Marshall still turned out several impressive individual performances, however, as senior Cassie Self and freshman Leah Noordhuizen recorded second-place finishes in diving and the 100-meter fly, respectively.

Senior Lauren Parkshurst and sophomore Kelly Crider finished behind Self in diving, coming in third and fourth.

The men’s team also had success, finishing well in a pair of relay events as the 200m medley relay team of freshman Gavin Campbell, sophomore Daniel Bui, freshman Jaroum Aueleta and senior Scott Witt earned third place. Bui, Aueleta and Witt were at it again in the 200m freestyle, this time teaming with Hynwoo Koo to earn third place.

The Statesmen will next take on Thomas Jefferson High School January 11 at 6 p.m.

 

McLean Boys Basketball

McLean High School had its seven-game win streak snapped Tuesday night by W.T. Woodson High School, as the Cavaliers handed the Highlanders a 65-51 loss.

McLean kept things close in the first half behind the scoring of senior forward Tariq Ammoury, who dropped 13 of his 18 total points in the first. Woodson broke things open in the second half, however, cruising to a victory.

In their previous game, January 4 against Thomas Jefferson High School, the Highlanders escaped with a 62-57 victory, despite seeing their 12-point halftime lead dwindle.

Ammoury led the squad with 34 points, and junior guard Peter Brosnan added 13 of his own.

The Highlanders will try to get back to their winning ways January 11 as they take on Madison High School.

 

Stuart Boys Basketball

J.E.B. Stuart High School dropped a close contest to Edison High School Tuesday night, 65-62.

Sophomore guard Antonio Harris led the team with 19 points, while junior forward Dominique Kosh poured in 17. Senior forward Mahamed Ibrahim scored 15 for the Raiders.

Stuart won their previous contest 56-41 over the Falls Church High School Jaguars.

Harris went for 24 in that game, knocking down four three-pointers while Kosh chipped in 13.

For the season, the Raiders now stand 7-4. They will face off against Fairfax High School January 11. The two teams last met December 29, when Stuart defeated Fairfax 73-60 to take the fifth-place crown in the McLean Holiday Tournament.

 

Falls Church Boys Basketball

After falling 56-41 to Stuart on January 4, Falls Church came up on the short end once again Tuesday night, losing 68-32 to Mount Vernon High School.

Down 29-12 at the half, the Jaguars were unable to fare any better in the second, losing in a blowout.

Junior center Travis Garrett led the team in scoring with eight, while junior forward Evan Hansen added 6. In the Stuart game, Hansen led the squad with 10 points.

The Jaguars, who have yet to win a game this season, will look to get their first victory of the season January 11 against Washington-Lee High School.

 

McLean Girls Basketball

Senior point guard Melissa Belardi led McLean with 11 points as they fought off W.T. Woodson High School to capture a 42-38 victory Tuesday night.

Senior forwards Becca Altmeyer and Michelle Zimmerman each poured in nine points for the Highlanders.

McLean also won their previous contest by a slim margin, defeating Jefferson 41-35 January 4. Altmeyer shared the team scoring lead with fellow senior forward Jessica Stillman, as both girls chipped in nine points. Belardi scored seven in the contest.

The Highlanders will next face off against Madison High School Friday night. They are currently riding a four-game winning streak.

 

Stuart Girls Basketball

The Raiders fell victim to the prowess of fourth-ranked Edison High School Tuesday night, as Stuart was blown out 81-14.

Edison opened up a 49-7 halftime lead and never looked back, securing the victory very early on. Senior guard Jayme Harris led the team in scoring with six points.

Stuart was much more successful in their previous matchup, defeating Falls Church High 52-40 on January 4.

Harris once again led the Raiders in scoring, this time dropping 24 on the Jaguars. Senior forward Bianca Cesaratto added 14 for Stuart.

The team next faces Edison High School January 11.

 

Marshall Girls Basketball

Senior forward Dawn Emerson scored 11 points and sophomore guard Carlie Zirkle added nine, but Marshall still came up a little short against Thomas Jefferson High, losing 42-36.

Down five points at halftime, Marshall did a good job of keeping things close in the second, but were unable to come up with the victory.

The Statesmen lost their previous contest as well, as W.T. Woodson High School handily defeated them 59-40.

Up only by six points at halftime, Woodson blew things open in the second and cruised to the win.

Zirkle led the Statesmen in scoring with 11, and Emerson, junior Kathleen Felter and sophomore Theresa Hackett all added six points.

Marshall will now look to their January 11 game against Stone Bridge High School, and hope to get back into the win column.