Whitman retains his flair for the drama with a close win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase

After Whitman & # 39; s Leia Till had made the goal to finish the field with 10 seconds left to beat her team with five points, teammate Elyse Lowet noticed that the Vikings would win and had the luxury to smile.

Since Lowet had to make an acrobatic, game-winning buzzer-beater to defeat Churchill on Friday, the exciting victory of 52-48 against crosstown-rival Bethesda-Chevy Chase was not so dramatic in comparison. But she would still like to win the victory over B-CC's home field.

"We always joke and say that this will be the one where we will not give our parents a heart attack," Lowet said. "Of course we are not trying to get it that close, but I think with all this experience that it will help us with the playoffs."

With 13 seconds to go and Whitman against three, coach Peter Kenah called a time-out to draw up a game for Till. The senior center fought through multiple screens and calmly kissed the ball off the board to increase the lead.

"If you get nervous, things can get worse," Till said about the piece. "If you do not think about it, you will not get nervous."

Up to 14, Whitman's winning streak will expand to 10 with its game-high 19 points. The Vikings (11-1, 4-0 Montgomery 4A South) were lost in no month.

But the victory did not come without fear. The Vikings never held a lead of more than six, and the Barons (7-4, 2-2) had the upper hand with less than three minutes to play when they made a 10-2 run.

"Their pick-and-roll attack made us fit all night," Kenah said. "We used three different defenses against it, and I know we are working on it in practice [Wednesday]. I can tell you that. "

But Kenah never lost confidence in his team. One evening that the three-point specialist Lowet had trouble photographing, Till, "the anchor and rock of the team", took over the game. Up to 14 of her 19 points in the second half.

Sophomore guard Caroline Orza led B-CC with a 17-point performance, but her effort was not enough to stop the hot streak of the Vikings. The Barons will try to avenge the loss next week when they visit Whitman.

In the meantime, the Vikings claimed on top of their division with two consecutive victories, and they longed for even more.

"If we play those tough opponents and the score lasts two minutes," Lowet said, "then we will know how to respond and how to stay calm and how we can get on top."