Whichever team wins tonight's Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls' basketball championship game will head into Monday's City Title Game with a world of confidence.
No. 5 Good Counsel advanced to the final with a 66-49 semifinal victory over Bishop McNamara, the Falcons' 18th straight triumph. At 6 tonight in American University's Bender Arena, they will face Holy Cross, riding a similarly hot streak. The 16th-ranked Tartans slipped by No. 18 Elizabeth Seton, 46-44, on a last-second putback by Natasha Thames in the second of Sunday's semifinals.
Sunday's victory pushed Holy Cross's winning streak to 12 games, a stretch that began after the Tartans lost to Good Counsel, 48-41, on Jan. 23. Tabbing it "a heck of a ride," Holy Cross Coach Russell Davis said his young team has improved dramatically since starting the season 4-6.
Yet the key to the Tartans' victories over Seton, not only Sunday but also in two regular-season meetings, has been their effective full-court pressure, particularly when they have turned it up in the second half. That might not work as well against Good Counsel.