Lady ‘Rines hope to swat Hornets on basketball court in rescheduled game on February 20

Lady ‘Rines are hoping to swat the Damascus Hornets on the court when they make up the game that was postponed from tonight because of weather concerns on February 20 after falling short to the Gaithersburg Trojans on Tuesday.

The ladies took the short trip to Gaithersburg High School and struggled offensively throughout the game, losing 19-54 to the Trojans on the second half of a back-to-back. Watkins Mill shot just 18 percent from the field and struggled to create points on the fast break or from the free-throw line.

The ‘Rines won the first half of the back-to-back on Monday however, taking down the Quince Orchard Cougars 47-36, and continuing their dominance at home.  Watkins Mill trailed by three points in the third quarter before pulling together as a team to win.

Watkins Mill crushed the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles throughout the game on February 5, winning 57-31 at home in a dominating fashion.  The team pulled together and went all out. “Our greatest strength [was] playing together,” said junior guard Ameshia Moyd.

 It was the girls’ first home game in nearly three weeks and they showed up together ready to win.  The team came out in the second half with a fast-paced mindset which led to some easy fast-break buckets.

Every player contributed to the crushing win, but junior Brittanie Wray led the team with 12 points and seven rebounds. Junior Rokhyatou Sidibe added nine points with eight rebounds, while junior forward Kareling Portillo scored eight points. Perhaps the most complete game came from junior forward Shawna Mcdougall, who had six points, 10 rebounds and contributed on the defensive side as well with four blocks.

The ‘Rines suffered a crushing loss at Poolesville losing 25-55 on February 3.  Moyd put up seven points and four rebounds while Sidibe added six points with four rebounds.

Despite letting up a flood of first half points and allowing a total of 41 in the first half, the Lady ‘Rines bounced back in the second half, containing the Falcons to just seven points in each quarter.

Before that, the ladies pulled out a tough win against the Northwest Jaguars on February 1. The ‘Rines came back from a double digit deficit to pull out a strong road victory. Watkins Mill outscored the Jags 31-17 in the second half to win 52-45.

The ladies came out against the Jags with a lot of spirit, breaking a three game losing streak.  “It was a real big team effort,” said Mcdougall, who scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. “We were all very positive,” she added.

Wray led the way in scoring again for the Wolverines with 16 points on a balanced night with many contributing to the comeback win. “Everyone definitely played their part.  They hustled and never gave up,” Portillo added about the win.

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