None of the four seniors in Tuesday night's starting lineup had beaten Georgetown Visitation in her high school career. Already accomplished basketball players, Brianna Davis ('13), Brooke Gutschick ('13), Dazia Hall ('13), and Brittany Jackson ('13) reached that elusive goal in front of a full house on Senior Night.
Visitation rallied before halftime to even the score at 19, giving them the momentum heading into the break.
Though the Cubs came out of the locker room confident that they would emerge victorious as they had become accustomed to doing, Bullis had other ideas.
The Bulldogs (18-5, 12-2 in ISL) broke a defensive stalemate wide open in the second half. Visitation came out in a 2-3 zone, which Bullis went right after. The guards consistently found Belton and fellow forward Kirby Porter ('14) (12 points) in the paint and watched the duo attack the basket possession after possession.
The Bullis girls, winners of 10 of their last 12, were clearly better prepared for a physical battle on the boards and in the lane as the Bulldogs capitalized on post feeds, put backs, and three point opportunities while forcing Visitation to settle for long jump shots.
Behind the play of Belton and Porter and a timely and-one from Jackson, Bullis opened up a nine point lead in the fourth quarter.
An efficient offensive attack marred by very few turnovers allowed Bullis to survive a pair of quick Cub 3-pointers. Porter held the ball for the final few seconds of the game before the Dog Pound rushed the court.
After Visitation lit Bullis up to the tune of 75 points in their fist match-up, the Bulldogs clamped down defensively, holding the Cubs to a paltry 42 points.
The victory brings a share of the ISL-AA (the more competitive division) banner to Falls Road, since Bullis matched Visitation's 12-2 record in league play with Tuesday's victory.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the ISL tournament, which runs from this Friday to Sunday.
Images courtesy of Ashley De Leonibus ('14)