Lady Cougars’ Record-Breaking Season Ends at Section Finals

Photo | Mac Kennedy Senior Giulia Sanmartin pulls up from the free throw liner a much needed first-half basket.

Photo | Mac Kennedy
Senior Giulia Sanmartin pulls up from the free throw liner a much needed first-half basket.

The Lady Cougars didn’t quite reach their goal this season of making it out of the region, but that doesn’t take away from their incredible accomplishments. The season ended in the section finals of the playoffs against a Gaithersburg Trojan team that beat the Cougars three times this season, which is far from an easy feat. The Trojans contained the Cougars’ offense. keeping all but one scorer, senior Alexa Sanmartin, in double figures.

Quince Orchard was simply cold from the floor. They only converted on eight field goals, only three from down town, which is a very rare occurrence for this sharp-shooting team. QO did hit 10 free throws, but it just wasn’t enough.  Although they held Gaithersburg to 41 points, which typically would earn them a victory, QO just couldn’t find their offense. The final score was 41-29.

This season was, however, a record-breaking year for QO. Coach Chris Campbell midway through the season challenged his team to step up on the defensive side of the ball. They responded with a couple of impressive statistics, including keeping their opponents to only 42.24 points a game—a program record.  Opponents also only shot 17.4 percent from the three-point line and 26.9 percent from the field, which are pretty dominant numbers.

QO also put together a couple of records on offense. They broke their own record of three-point field goals by 61, hitting 144 throughout the season. They led all of Montgomery County Public Schools with 5.76 three-pointers per game. Three players shot 30 percent or better from the three-point line: seniors Sarah Gleason at 30 percent, Giulia Sanmartin at 38 percent, and Alexa Sanmartin at 30 percent.

Alexa Sannmartin will continue her career at Stevenson University, while senior Amanda Bishop heads to Wesley College to do the same.  This senior class had a special four years at QO and leave quite a legacy behind them.  With eight underclassmen returning next year, look for QO to have another record-breaking season.