Marriotts Ridge’s girls got themselves redemption and a little something extra on Tuesday at Waverly Woods.
In a match-up against undefeated Atholton, the team that snapped the program’s bid for a third consecutive undefeated regular season last fall, the Mustangs put up a county-record 84 points to cruise to a tri-match sweep over the Raiders (70 points) and Centennial (24).
“Last year was heartbreaking for us,” said Marriotts Ridge senior Rachel Lee, who admits that the pain of last year’s defeat was still fresh in her mind heading into the match. “I think there was a point before Atholton beat us last year when Marissa (Davey), Ariel (Biegel) and I didn't think we were going to lose a match all four years.
“We wanted this really bad because we know how good of a team they are … we wanted to prove that we could beat them.”
Lee played like a player on a mission out of the gates Tuesday. After making a par on the first hole, she proceeded to birdie Nos. 2, 3 and 5 to quickly get to 3-under par.
“I was actually pretty nervous before the round. I think we all were a little bit,” Lee said. “But after I made birdies on two and three and then stuck it really close and birdied five, everything changed. I started thinking this was going to be a good day.”
Lee ended up making one bogey — a three-putt on No. 7 — and one more birdie coming in to set a personal best with 30 points (3-under par). Her previous best was 28 on several occasions.
“More than anything else, I think today shows how much I’ve improved under pressure,” Lee said. “Last year, in this spot, I couldn’t do it.”
She wasn’t the only one who played well for the Mustangs, though. Freshman Lauren Kim birdied two of her first three holes and ended up shooting 25 points, while Davey produced 19 points in the third spot. That meant Biegel’s 10 points in the fourth spot were enough to push the team into the record books — two points ahead of the record set by the Marriotts Ridge girls team in 2010.
“Sometimes the heat of competition brings out the best in people … for me, I’ve seen that competitive nature in practice every day with this group,” Marriotts Ridge coach Mark Dubbs said. “I know how bad the girls wanted this and I think they realized they were going to have to come out and shoot something special. Atholton wasn’t going to hand it to us.
“That’s a great group of girls over there as well.”
Even with Marriotts Ridge flying out of the gates, Atholton hung around most of the afternoon. Bryana Nguyen fired an even-par round of 27 points to lead the way, followed by solid rounds from Amanda Petersen (19 points) and Avni Johnson (16). Maddie Fields rounded out the Raiders’ scoring with 8 points.
At 5-1 on the season, the Raiders still control their destiny in terms of securing a top two finish in the standings for the third consecutive year.
Centennial, which dropped to 1-5 this fall, was led by Alice Kwon’s 9 points.
Marriotts Ridge 84, Atholton 70, Centennial 24
MR (6-0): Lee 30, Kim 25, Davey 19, Biegel 10.
A (5-1): Nguyen 27, Petersen 19, Johnson 16, Field 8.
C (1-5): Kwon 9, Wojtanowski 6, Sterenberg 5, Ma 4.