Already halfway through their regular season, the Quince Orchard girls’ basketball team has been working hard nonstop to continue getting better and improve their record. With six games left until playoffs, their overall record is 10-5 with a division record of 6-2. Coach Bobby Bishop believes that the team is headed “in the right direction.”
The Lady Cougars traveled to their rival school, Northwest High School, on Jan. 15 and left with a 45-31 victory led by junior Anaya Badmus with 10 points. The team got their second win over Gaithersburg of the season on Jan. 17 on the Trojan’s home court, ending with a 53-44 game led by sophomore Julia Kavadias with 11 points. They have also defeated Richard Montgomery twice this season, the second time on Jan. 21 with a final score of 76-62, led by Badmus with 20 points, Kavadias with 14 points, along with junior Alex Boggs and senior Paige McNeal with 12 points each. The Cougars got back on the road on Jan. 24 to go to Rockville, where they won 52-44, led by Kavadias with 20 points. Their four-game win streak came to an end on Jan. 28 against Clarksburg, with a score of 57-64 led by McNeal with 15 points, senior Makayla Wright with 14 points and Badmus with 13 points. They played Northwest High School once again on Jan. 31 and won with a score of 50-22 led by Kavadias with 12 points and Badmus with 9 points.
Huge standouts this season have actually been underclassmen, Coach Bishop said. “I feel that Julia Kavadias has been the spark. She’s actually showing me some things that I didn’t think she could do.” Kavadias averages 7 points per game and is the third leading rebounder on the team. She shoots 70 percent from the free-throw line and leads the team in steals, averaging 3.4 per game. “She does everything on the court and she brings energy,” said Bishop.
Bishop also highlighted sophomore Katie Dunda as another one of his “surprises” this season. Dunda averages 5 points per game and is the second leading rebounder on the team. She averages two blocks per game and is a great defensive player. Kavadias and Dunda both have two more years after this season. They both have loads of potential.
Coach Bishop recognizes that the Cougars have faced a difficult schedule this season but believes the intense games are what will ultimately “help us in the playoffs.” The team hopes to continue improving their record until the end of the season, where they have high hopes to dominate in playoffs.
– Kendall Lumsden