by Matt Delaney
On the eve of winter storm Jonas’ arrival to the D.C. Metro area, George Mason’s varsity girls basketball team enjoyed a successful trip to Warren County High School where they defeated their Bull Run District opponent 47-27 on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The win was much needed since it came on the heels of an upsetting 49-37 loss to Central High School just two days before, where foul trouble dragged down Mason’s attempt to come back in the final quarter.
Even better, the game was dictated by players on Mason’s roster that haven’t been showstoppers throughout the season, showing a resurgence of the swagger the Mustangs possessed a few weeks ago.
Just as it was against Central, the game against Warren County was a tale of two halves. But this time, Mason would get the better of their opponent during the second act.
The Mustangs trailed Warren County 10-9 going into the second quarter and earned a slight 23-22 lead over, giving those in attendance the impression this game would come down to the final possession. Minutes into the second half that impression changed significantly.
Mason puts the clamps on Warren County’s offense, surrendering only two points in the third quarter and three in the fourth quarter. Conversely, the Mustangs offense continued to function at a high level, putting up 11 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter.
The stat sheet was led by some uncommon names, including freshman guard Raquel Dod with 12 points and sophomore guard Elizabeth Dodge with 11 of her own. Sophomore center Kaylee Hirsch made her presence felt with 12 points as well.
The three accounted for 35 of the 47 points Mason scored that night and left out some usual names found on the post-game’s recaps like sophomore guard Nicole Bloomgarden, who recorded no offensive statistics against Warren County.
Mason is scheduled to play William Monroe High School on Thursday, Jan. 28, but inclement weather may change that.