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Generals win in OT, lose big in first two basketball games

Team scores first five points in overtime to top Westfield
Eva Jungman is one of the top returners for Washington-Liberty this season.

The Washington-Liberty Generals experienced the thrill of winning in overtime and the frustration of losing by a blowout in their first two games of the girls varsity basketball season.

Both high-school games were on the road, as Washington-Liberty won its openers, 67-62, in overtime against the Westfield Bulldogs. A couple of nights later, the Generals did not shoot well and lost, 66-39, to the South County Stallions after leading 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

South County rallied to lead at halftime, 31-25, and was ahead the rest of the way.

Against Westfield, W-L led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, trailed 32-31 at halftime and was in front 47-44 after three periods. The score was tied at 60 at the end of regulation.

The Generals scored the first five points of overtime on free throws by Eva Jungman and Kathryn Wagener and a follow shot by Malek Ben. Two more foul shots by Julia Kelly closed the scoring in OT for Washington-Liberty.

The Generals return many top players from last-season’s team, including Jungman, Kelly, Ava George, Frances Shapiro and Harriet Shapiro. With that experience and talent, the Generals are expected to be contenders in the Liberty District this season.

Maddy DeCou, an assistant on last season’s team, has taken over as the Generals’ head coach.

The Generals next play on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in their home opener against the Robinson Rams, then play on the road Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against Falls Church.

The team’s district opener is at home Monday, Dec. 18 against the McLean Highlanders at 7:30 p.m.