Varsity girls’ basketball on roll with playoffs approaching


Photo by Gurnoor Sodhi

Senior Anika Srinivasan passes the ball off to senior Kaitlin Mariani.

At one point this season the girls were 6-2, feeling good about their record and preparing for a tough stretch of games coming up. Little did they know, they would win their next 10 games straight and finish with one of the best records in the whole county.

The last three games have been pretty competitive, with wins against Blair (55-42), Quince Orchard (60-49), and Whitman (51-42). Other than that, the girls have been extremely dominant with blowout wins against Wheaton, Rockville, Northwood, and Kennedy. “We have been on a really special run in our last few games. We are sharing the ball and playing as a team, which I think is one of the main reasons we have been so successful,” senior Kaitlin Mariani added.

The girls wrapped up their regular season on Feb. 13, against Gaithersburg. This was also senior night for both the boys’ and girls’ programs. The girls celebrated seven seniors, and another key piece of the program, team manager Luis Falcon. Senior Allie Museles, who missed her last three seasons due to injury and has had a great senior season said, “I’m sure it will be an emotional night for me, considering everything I’ve been through these past few years. I think this senior class definitely left a solid legacy, which is all we wanted to do.”

Out of all the teams in Coach Maggie Dyer’s years on the job, this team has a strong argument to be the best, with a 17-2 record, with those only two losses being to quality opponents, Churchill and Damascus.

The girls are in for an intense playoff schedule. Hopefully, they will be able to lock up a first-round bye, and then have a home playoff game in the second round. Churchill would be a possible regional championship matchup, which would be a largely anticipated contest. The girls’ already lost to Churchill this season, but they are playing their best basketball as of late and are hungry for a rematch. The division is competitive though, with teams like Whitman, Richard Montgomery and Walter Johnson all in the mix. “We have one of the most competitive divisions in the entire state, so playoffs could get very interesting,” Mariani said.