Arundel's Jenny Mottar is no longer her own worst enemy, as coach Lee Rogers kept saying.
Last night, she was Chesapeake's.
A 5-foot-8 sophomore, she scored a game-high and, for her, a season-high 21 points, accumulating eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal, to lead Arundel over Chesapeake, 46-43.
The win raised No. 17 Arundel's record to 16-5. Unranked Chesapeake dropped to 13-7.
Mottar crammed most of her points into the second half and scored the last four points of the game when the Wildcats needed them the most.
With Chesapeake leading 43-42 with 1:25 remaining, Mottar stole the ball, dribbled almost the entire length of the floor and then made a layup.
Arundel nursed that tenuous one-point edge until Mottar rebounded Ginger Breneman's missed free throw and scored with five seconds left.
"Jenny doesn't realize how good she can be," Rogers said. "She gave us a shot in the arm. She has been her own worst enemy, getting down on herself."
Rogers smiled and added, "Now that she has done this, we should be able to expect it from her regularly."
As the game wound down and the teams were never separated by more than three points and were tied twice, Mottar said she was getting tired.
"I noticed we were behind," she said. "I tried to turn it on, go hard, be more physical."
Arundel had dug itself into a 9-18 hole early in the second quarter.
It was then that Rogers began making liberal use of his reserves.
"The bench came into play and we got quality from them," Rogers said. "That kept the starters fresh, which helped us catch up. This is the end of the season. The pressure is building. Everybody is contributing."
Chesapeake's bid for a school-record, regular-season total of 14 victories was put on hold until Friday in the finale against Annapolis. The record of 13 was set in 1985, under coach Dennis Thiele, who then took a sabbatical from basketball because he was also coaching girls soccer and softball.
Returning to the varsity job last season, Thiele and the Cougars went 10-11 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1985.
They started this season 1-3, then ticked off a six-game winning streak.
Chesapeake, like Arundel, is assured of making the playoffs that start next week.
Chesapeake was led last night by Sandra Norris (10 points) and Megan Van Wambeke and Kristina Degentesh, with nine apiece.
"We missed about nine layups," Thiele said.
"And Arundel made its outside shots. That was the difference."