CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington hung its first skin on the wall of the new year and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Junior point guard Alanna Mobayed had her best game of the season, turning in 19 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and five steals to propel the Class AAA Patriots past Class AA Bridgeport 55-36 Saturday afternoon. A crowd of about 120 attended the matchup of preseason state-ranked girls high school basketball teams at GW High School.
Mobayed, though, was more impressed with GW's defense, which stymied the Indians in the second half. The No. 9 Patriots (2-3) forced 28 turnovers, most of those coming off 13 steals. Fourth-ranked Bridgeport (3-3), the defending AA state champion, only trailed by three points (25-22) at halftime but tallied only 14 the rest of the way.
"We have this thing called the under-40 club,'' said Mobayed. "So we picked up our defense and wanted to keep them under 40 [points].
"It's more of a motivation thing to get our team to play better defense. We've been on the losing side and we really wanted to be on the winning side for once. Back on the road to a winning streak.''
GW came out in a full-court press to start the third quarter and scored 12 straight points to take a commanding 37-22 advantage from which Bridgeport would never recover.
Mobayed and junior swingman Maria Romeo were the catalysts during the surge, netting six points apiece and causing havoc on defense. Romeo finished with 15 points, four boards and four steals.
Bridgeport pulled within nine points (37-28) on freshman forward Quinn Stalnaker's layup at the three-minute mark, but the Patriots scored six straight, including four from Mobayed on a putback and layup, to restore the 15-point edge (43-28) with under two minutes to go in the third and the rout was on.