UPPER MARLBORO – The Forestville Lady Knights continued their quest for domination with another impressive blowout victory of yet another Prince George’s County School, defeating the Dr. Henry A. Wise Lady Pumas 69-32 to win the Prince George’s County girls’ basketball championship. “County Champs feels good,” Forestville Head Coach James Washington said. “We want to […]
UPPER MARLBORO – The Forestville Lady Knights continued their quest for domination with another impressive blowout victory of yet another Prince George’s County School, defeating the Dr. Henry A. Wise Lady Pumas 69-32 to win the Prince George’s County girls’ basketball championship.
“County Champs feels good,” Forestville Head Coach James Washington said. “We want to congratulate Wise. They had a great season and they played well by coming out and trying to challenge us, but my kids were just ready today. They were on a mission and they know we have a title to defend and it’s going to be a tough road. I was really proud of our execution today.”
Although the Lady Knights dominated yet another school with relative ease, they are far from finished and are determined to accomplish more in the 1A postseason.
“I feel this game was like opening up to the playoffs and since everyone makes the playoffs it’s kind of like a warm up game to kind of see how the other teams are and to stay focused on what we do,” Taleah Washington said.
The game was dominated by Forestville’s star tandem of Washington and Anissa Rivera, who scored 13 points apiece in the first half to help the Knights to a 41-15 lead.
“We just came prepared,” Rivera said. “We were just ready. I think my teammates did a good job helping me rebound and on defense. Especially, Aniya (Vaughns). They all came out prepared.”
Washington finished with 21 points for the game, while Rivera added 15. Together they combined to outscore the entire Lady Pumas team. Teammates Carrie Gross and Aliyah Matharu added 12 and 11 points respectively.
“I have to give a shout out to Aliyah,” Washington said. “She brings so much energy on defense and pushes me to work harder. She goes after it after practice and every game and I want her in the backcourt with me. We need somebody to step up and help me in the backcourt and she has been an excellent partner with me.”
Despite the lopsided loss, the Pumas finish the season 17-4, which is tops for 4A in Prince George’s County. They will play the winner between Eleanor Roosevelt and Bowie in the second round of the 4A MPSSAA championships.
However, the smaller 1A school, Forestville, is without a doubt one the best girls’ basketball teams in the area.
The Lady Knights have only lost twice all year. One was to national power and unbeaten Saint Mary’s (New York) by a score of 77-62. The Knights were outscored 28-9 in the second quarter and saw their undefeated season come to an end. The second was a 78-67 loss to Riverdale Baptist.
“I learned that when we execute nobody can beat us,” Washington said. “We were prepared, but coming into (the Riverdale) game we were too flashy with behind the back passes. When we watched the game film we realized that when they were out of position we were out of position trying to play fast with them. We should’ve stayed calm and executed because when we execute we win games.
“Now we wanted to show people that even though we lost to Riverdale we still have that fire under us. At this point we can’t show mercy because we want to stay top five in the nation and right now we’re sixth.”
Forestville will face the winner of Chesapeake Math & IT and Fairmont Heights in the second round of the 1A MPSSAA state playoffs. The Lady Knights defeated Fairmont Heights back in the first week of January by a score of 90-14 and also hold a forfeit victory over Chesapeake Math & IT after the school failed to show up on time for their scheduled contest on Feb. 22.