At press time, the Lady Cougars were scheduled to play at Gaithersburg March 1 at 7 p.m. in the section finals of the 2017 playoffs. QO took down their first two playoff opponents and are looking to continue their late push.
QO traveled to Clarksburg High School Monday night, Feb. 27 for the second round of the playoffs to play a talented Coyotes team whom they split with during the season. The previous games were very close, so both teams were expecting another nail biter. Instead, the Cougars came out firing on offense hitting six threes, three by senior Maggie Regan. Senior Alexa Sanmartin led all scorers with 19 while making 9 out of 10 from the free throw line. Regan finished with 12, and senior Amanda Bishop added another 9 points. QO held an explosive Clarksburg team to 46 points. The final was 54-46.
In the first round of playoffs, QO hosted Kennedy High School. QO took control early and held on throughout the whole game. The Cavaliers struggled against the Cougars’ defense, only able to score 32 points. QO ended up winning 74-32. Sanmartin finished with 19 hitting four threes, as did Regan, who finished with a total of 12. Senior Danielle Lehner, whom Coach Chris Campbell is very high on as of late, dropped in 12 of her own. If the Cougars can shoot as well as they did against Kennedy, hitting nine three pointers, they will be tough to beat moving forward.
According to Coach Campbell, the keys to beating Gaithersburg involve another great defensive effort. “We need to get stops and keep them from runs, take care of the basketball, and make some shots. If we can shoot the ball well and get some production inside, we can be right there at the end of the game with a chance to win.”