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BLADENSBURG — The Bowie High School girls basketball team, though undersized, made the most of its speed advantage to run away with a 54-35 win at Bladensburg High School on Dec. 14.
Bowie’s Maciyah Washington netted a game-high 13 points on three makes from long distance to give the Bulldogs an early spark against Bladensburg.
The senior guard said “working as a team (and) passing the ball around” were the keys to clinching the big win as the Bulldogs improve to 3-1 on the season.
Indeed, Bowie demonstrated a clear speed advantage and really hurt Bladensburg (0-3) in transition, piling on bucket after bucket on easy fast breaks. The Bulldogs’ 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the contest reflected how the rest of the night would go.
“One thing we have to do, we have come out and play our game,” first-year Bowie Head Coach Charles Alston said.
“We gotta make it up-tempo. We’re small, so we gotta force the issue – kind of press, rebound, just get out and run.”
Alston did not play any of his starters in the second half because they handled business early on to build a comfortable 35-6 lead at the half, making it possible for more of the reserves to see some time on the floor.
The Lady Mustangs struggled to advance the ball up the floor due to Bowie’s suffocating full-court trap.
Bladensburg Coach Lester Butler said “passing the ball” was a major issue for his team early in the game. “We kind of hurt ourselves in the first half with the 17 turnovers,” he said.
“(Our focus is to) improve every day. You know, the thing is, it’s a long season. We play most of these teams at least twice, so we’ll see them (Bowie) again.”
Evelyn Flores (top left) scored a team-high 12 points with four rebounds and two assists, finishing as Bladensburg’s top performer. The senior guard highlighted the primary factors contributing to the disconcerting home loss.
“Ball handling, communication and trust as a team – that’s the major three things we have to work on,” Flores said.