March 1 Sports Recap

Girls basketball shuts down RM with suffocating defense to advance to regional final


Guard Abby Meyers grabs a contested rebound during her 26 point outing against RM. Photo by Rachel Hazan.

By Sam Shiffman

Girls basketball

The girls basketball team (20–3) shut down the Richard Montgomery Rockets 42–22 to advance to the regional finals behind a suffocating defense that held the Rockets to their lowest point total of the season.

Entering the game, the Vikes devised a defensive plan to deal with their three main scorers, guard Brooke Gumotaotao said.

“Abby was able to perfectly guard their point guard which really took her out of her groove,” Gumotaotao said. “Livy was able to hold her matchup to zero which really helped us out. By shutting down the main threats, RM couldn’t execute the way they wanted to.”

The Vikes’ dominant defense helped spark an early 17–4 run to start the game behind 15 first-quarter points from guard Abby Meyers. Both Abby Meyers and forward Livy Meyers blocked multiple Rocket shots and came away with multiple steals in the first quarter. This defense helped the Vikes keep the Rockets to just nine points in the first half.

Offensively, while Abby Meyers carried the scoring load again with 26 points, working together helped the squad get open shots.

“We were really able to pinpoint the weak spots of their defense which gave us great open looks,” Gumotaotao said. “We moved the ball really well and were able to penetrate the gaps and kick out the ball when we saw the outside shot.”

The team’s next game is Saturday at Blair against the Gaithersburg Trojans in the 4A West regional final at 1.