The Belvoir Barracudas 5th grade girls’ division squad squared off against visiting Annandale in one of the most defensively intense Fairfax County Youth Basketball League matchups of the season, Saturday at Specker Field House.
Unfortunately for the home team, a final-seconds Annandale scoring rally allowed the visitors to triumph, 12-7.
Despite the final outcome, the Barracudas held their own with an effective passing game, despite the relentless Annandale pressure. Point guard, Olivia Harrison, teamed up with Jaelynn Gaskins and Eden Foster, to unleash a rapid-fire passing game around the perimeter, connecting with center-forward, R.J. Brady in the lane and forward, Adrienne Christian along the baseline for some early scores. At the opposite end of the hardwood, the home team succeeded in thwarting most scoring attempts from the visitors with a ferocious, double-team approach to defense.
Heading into the second period with a narrow 7-6 advantage, the Barracudas ramped up the defensive efforts to include a nearly impenetrable full-court press. Guards, Hollin Horn, Gaby Aghelli and Mariah Hall, swarmed Annandale ball handlers en masse at the midcourt line, while Brady and forward, Mya Foster, worked to keep the lane in lockdown. In spite of the determination, Annandale succeeded in sinking a 2-pointer down along the baseline and an ensuing steal at midcourt enabled the visitors to capitalize with another bucket from the high post.
The curtains closed on Belvoir when Annandale drew a pair of fouls and put another 2 on the scoreboard via freebies from the charity stripe with 3 seconds left.
Final score: Annandale 12, Belvoir 7.
The Belvoir Barracudas regular basketball season runs through March and ends with a major championship tournament.
For more information, call 703-805-9139. For weekly game schedules, gym locations, scores and standings, search fcybl.org.