BLADENSBURG – Coming off of a 78-33 blowout loss to Suitland High School on earlier this season, the Bladensburg Lady Mustangs were looking for redemption. Fast forward a month, Bladensburg did not want to have a repeat performance on Jan. 15 during senior night, but it seemed to be inevitable.
Ironically, this game was a battle between two 1,000-point scorers in senior guards Kayla Brooks (Bladensburg) and Jahnaya Peterson (Suitland).
“I had the accomplishment of scoring 1,000 points in high school since middle school,” Peterson said. “I had the mindset that I wanted to score my 1,000 points before I leave high school.”
“I did not have the mindset to come in and score 1,000 in high school my freshman year,” Brooks said. “I just play to win at the end of the day.
“I’m just a hardworking player, and if I see my opportunity to score, I am going to go ahead and score. I couldn’t have got to 1,000 points without my team, so I give this accomplishment to them.”
These two girls put on a show for their respective teams during the final game of the regular season and showed why they both are two of the best scorers in Prince George’s County.
Although both left it all out on the floor, there could only be one winner. Brooks had a team-high 27 points, but it was Peterson who led her team to an 81-54 victory with a game-high of 30 points.
Despite being on the road, the Lady Rams started the game on a 10-0 run and looked unflappable.
Suitland had four team blocks in the first quarter, forced multiple turnovers and converted them into points. Bladensburg came back with solid defensive plays of their own as they went on a 10-5 to decrease Suitland’s lead to five points. Despite their best efforts, the Lady Mustangs had no answers for Peterson as she torched them for 12 points in the first quarter.
“I just wanted to get my team involved so we could go home with a good win,” Peterson said. “I told them we have to step it up because this is the last game of the season and we really wanted this win.
“So, I just told them that we have to out there and play hard. We need to work on our defense, but I do think we moved the ball around well and got everybody involved in the game.”
In the second frame, Suitland began to pull away as they expanded the lead to 15 points by way of fastbreak points and made numerous trips to the charity stripe. Bladensburg did not have good transition defense, and Suitland took full advantage of it.
“We could have played better defense,” Brooks said. “We could have stopped fouling down low in the paint. We obviously started the game off with too many fouls, and I think that’s what killed us the most the first half of the game. I think if we had cooled down on the fouls, we would have been in a good position.”
In the second half, Suitland controlled the game with their ability to get to the line, rebounding, and points in the paint. Suitland went up by as much as 29 points as Bladensburg’s battle for revenge started to fade away. Suitland never trailed in game at any point and dominated throughout all four quarters.
“We played a little sloppy in the first half,” Suitland Head Coach Keith Lynch said. “We went back in the locker room, made adjustments and told them to pick up the intensity on defense. We got to play better defense, and we cannot start games off slow. We got to play as we did in the third quarter all four quarters.”