Gaithersburg girls’ basketball Coach Adrian McDaniel skipped down the sideline in his slacks and bow tie, smiling wide after one of his players converted a three-point play late in overtime on Friday night against host Paint Branch.
He was the most animated character during the unfolding drama all evening — but a quiet, bruising forward named Janessa Fauntroy ended up stealing the show.
Fauntroy scored 15 points, including two crucial baskets in the extra period, to lift the Trojans to a 67-64 win over the Panthers in a key Montgomery County 4A game.
“I wanted to stay aggressive,” Fauntroy said.
Gaithersburg (11-4) has won eight straight games.
Friday’s victory marked the third time in the last four games that the Trojans have won by three points or fewer. Moreover, it represented the late-season revival of a proud program that started the year 3-4 and shouldered the loss that snapped the school’s 53-game winning streak dating from last season.