Wilde Lake’s girls didn’t put together their best round of the fall Thursday at Hobbits Glen against Mt. Hebron.
But, with third place in the county standings on the line, the Wildecats still did exactly what they needed as a team to in order to pull out a victory. Led by Mikala Teachman’s 14 points, Wilde Lake (7-2) pulled out a 43-33 win over the Vikings (6-3).
“We knew going in that this was a very important match and that it was going to take a complete team effort to pull it out,” Wilde Lake coach Diane Caporaletti said. “And I was really happy with all of them and the way they pulled it out. It’s nice to be in a competitive situation, where you are playing for something, and you are able to come through as a team to win.”
Mt. Hebron had solid rounds from its top two of Josephine Jung (16 points) and Hayley Baker (14) to take a lead over Teachman and her sister, Tyler (10 points), in the first group. The difference, however was the depth the Wildecats had in the back half of their line-up.
Aryanna Andres (11 points) and Zaha Iqbal (8) provided the points needed to erase the deficit and earn the victory.
“If you remove Atholton and Marriotts Ridge from the equation, Aryanna is probably one of the best No. 3 girls players in the county,” Caporaletti said. “So the combination of having her and Zaha, who put up one of her best rounds of the year, really made the difference today.”
Wilde Lake still has matches against Centennial and Oakland Mills to close out the regular season. Two victories would lock up sole possession of third place in the standings.
Wilde Lake 43, Mt. Hebron 33
WL (7-2): M. Teachman 14, Andres 11, T. Teachman 10, Iqbal 8.
MH (6-3): Jung 16, Baker 14, Komons 3.
Wilde Lake 60, Mt. Hebron 45
WL (3-6): Boccher 20, Brady 15, Wilson 13, Brooks 12.
MH (2-7): Hardy 19, Montgomery 12, Brookhart 11, Dubois 3.