CATONSVILLE, Md. — Shortly after Colleen Marshall’s sophomore basketball season at Gaithersburg ended with a loss in the 2010 Maryland 4A final, the guard found her Amateur Athletic Union teammate Jackie Jackson in UMBC’s RAC Arena.
Jackson, who had played her first two high school seasons at Holy Cross, had watched both of the team’s state tournament games from the bleachers, and now Marshall reminded Jackson that if she joined her neighborhood school, they’d make sure their next trip to the tournament ended differently.
Two years later, the promise looks more prophetic than ever. The third-ranked Trojans haven’t lost since Jackson joined the squad, completing one of the state’s most dominant runs in recent memory. Behind Jackson’s career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds, Gaithersburg pushed its winning streak to 52 on Saturday, taking its second straight state title with a 60-43 victory over No. 6 Wise.
“I told her that we needed her,” Marshall said after closing her career with a second title celebration. “Before we were kind of a one-dimensional team with guards, and now we have post [players] that can dominate.”