Gaithersburg “Leaps” Past Blair 64-42 to Advance to Regional Final

Lady Trojans Advance to Quarterfinals in Maryland 4A Tournament, On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the undefeated and third-ranked Gaithersburg Lady Trojans defeated the Blair Lady Blazers in front of a near capacity and very load crowd at Gaithersburg High School. The game was very intense at the start, with both teams struggling to score. In fact, it was approximately four minutes into the game before the Lady Trojans scored the game’s first basket. The game remained a defensive battle throughout the first quarter, as the Lady Trojans took a 9-2 lead. The second quarter was a very competitive, with the Lady Blazers hanging tough behind tenacious defense. The Lady Trojans led 25-19 at the half.

But, in the third quarter, the Lady Trojans’ vaunted defense and fast paced offense began to wear down the Lady Blazers. Gaithersburg surged to a 46-27 lead after the third quarter, effectively putting the game out of reach. The Lady Trojans cruised to the win. Senior Jackie Jackson dominated inside the paint, scoring 27 points to lead the charge, while Senior Colleen Marshall and Sophomore Janessa Fauntroy added 17 and 10, respectively. The Lady Trojans advanced to the Round of 8 while improving to 24-0 on the season and extending their winning streak to 49 games. Gaithersburg will play the winner of the Walter Johnson vs. Northwest game in the Regional Final at Blair High School at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

At halftime, Gaithersburg Principal Dr. Christine Handy Collins and the home court crowd honored Ellen Anderson and Tyler Pham, who both won state championships in swimming last weekend. Anderson won the 500 meter freestyle by over 6 seconds while smashing the state record by over 14 seconds.  She will attend Northwestern University on a swimming scholarship. Pham won the 200 meter individual medley and holds the state record in the event. Pham, who also finished second in the 100 meter backstroke, earned a scholarship to American University.
From the Coaches Corner:

Gaithersburg Trojans Head Coach Adrian McDaniel: Says “ It was a good win, it was sloppy in the first half, we just had to battle, we were playing too fast for ourselves, we had to settle down and talk, which we did in the second”

Montgomery Blair Blazer Head Coach:Says ” I think it was a really great game Gaithersburg came out in the 3rd and striked and Jackie and Colleen did a good job leading their team”

Gaithersburg Trojans Stats: #30 Janessa Fauntroy 10 points, 1 steals, 9 rebounds, 1 assists, #23 Jackie Jackson 27 points, 1 steal, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, #20 Deja Rollins 6 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds, 4 assist, #15 Michelle Winters 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assist, #33 Colleen Marshall 17 points, 5 steals, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, #22 Octavia Scott 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal,

Montgomery Blair Blazer Stats: #23 20 points, 1 steal, 4 rebounds, #43 2 steals, 5 rebounds, #11  2 points, 5 rebounds, #25  4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist, #13 7 points, 1 steal, 4 rebounds, 1 assists, #21  4 points, 1 rebounds, 1 steal, #35 2 points, 2 rebound

Story by Robert Huttenlocker ***** Stats & Coaches Corner by Kyle Hall

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