No. 19 Centreville marched into No. 17 Oakton on Friday night with the firm intent of knocking off the Cougars for the first time since January of 1995. As winners of 14 of their first 15 games this season, why think otherwise.
After the game tipped off, however, the Wildcats settled for outside shots, missing their first seven attempts, and quickly fell behind in a 65-48 loss that enabled Oakton to continue its extended domination in the Virginia AAA Concorde District series.
Centreville junior point guard Jenna Green, not yet born the last time the Wildcats prevailed over Oakton, said the Wildcats’ problems were more the team name on the opponent’s jersey than any one player. But the inside presence of Oakton center Elizabeth Manner was a deterrent to the Wildcats dribble-drive offense, and the 6-foot-1 senior owned the offensive end.
Manner’s final stat line on a 37-point night: 10 of 19 from the floor with a three-pointer, 16 of 19 from the free throw line, 14 rebounds and zero fouls.