SUITLAND – The Charles H. Flowers High School girls basketball team won its 26th straight game against a county squad as they tamed Suitland High School for a 60-35 win on Jan. 24.
In a battle of two top Class 4A teams, both teams started slow offensively due to defensive pressure and missed opportunities at the basket. The Jaguars (12-1) were the first ones to break through, going on a 7-0 run to end the first quarter.
Flowers continued to grow their advantage with 11 of their final 21 steals in the first half and entering halftime with a 30-13 lead. Guard Taniyah Hogg led the way by scoring 11 of her game-high 15 points before the intermission as Flowers took control.
Suitland (7-4) attempted a small comeback midway through the third quarter as point guard Lamaria Perkins scored six points in the quarter. She finished the game scoring 10 points while sophomore Caitlyn Sullivan scored a team-high 12 points for Suitland.
As the Rams continued to fight back, Flowers’ offense woke up again for an 8-0 run to break out to a 25-point lead to start the final frame. Freshman point guard Kristian Harris contributed to the effort, forcing two consecutive steals and converting each one with a transition layup.
With the game already in hand, Flowers forced one more turnover to their final tally and find sophomore center Belulah Odiong for the open layup as the buzzer sounded as time expired.
“In the first half, we came out sloppy,” Flowers point guard Kaniyah Harris, who finished with nine points, said. “In the second half, we picked up; we picked up the energy. Even though things may not have been going through our way, we did not let it get through our heads. I really like how we played in the second half.”
The result was also Flowers’ seventh consecutive victory, with their last loss coming on Dec. 28 against James Madison High School of Vienna, Virginia. They look to keep their momentum going when they play at Dr. Henry Wise on Jan. 31. Meanwhile, Suitland will look to bounce back in their next home game against Surrattsville on Jan. 30.