The Cadets of St. John’s College High School celebrate after their 67-66 win over Good Counsel in the WCAC girls’ basketball championship on Feb. 26 at American University’s Bender Arena. CS PHOTO BY RAFAEL CRISOSTOMO
The Cadets of St. John’s College High School celebrate after their 67-66 win over Good Counsel in the WCAC girls’ basketball championship on Feb. 26 at American University’s Bender Arena. CS PHOTO BY RAFAEL CRISOSTOMO
The Cadets of St. John's College High School defeated the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Falcons in an epic contest, 67-66, to claim their second Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls' basketball championship in the past three seasons.

The Cadets - who later completed their season as the top ranked local high school girls' basketball team with a 33-1 record - took a 56-55 mid-fourth quarter lead when senior All-American Lindsay Allen made a steal, raced down court and converted a layup.

Allen, who will play at Notre Dame next year, was named as the Washington Post's girls' basketball player of the year and appeared on the cover of the paper's All-Met section. Allen, who averaged 16 points, eight assists and 6.5 rebounds per game, was also named a McDonald's all-American, the only local high school basketball player to achieve that honor this year.

The pivotal play with 4:23 remaining in the WCAC championship game gave St. Johns the lead for good in the contest that witnessed seven ties and 11 lead changes.

"We were able to keep the game close. We wanted to get some separation at some point and Lindsay attacked the basket" stated veteran St. John's head coach Jonathan Scribner.

Early on, Good Counsel (27-6 overall and ranked fourth in the area) led 16-10 after the first quarter was in the books and also led 11-2 when senior guard Bernadette Launi knocked down a first quarter trey. The nine-point margin was the largest for either team throughout the entire contest.

The Lady Falcons also led 23-22 at intermission and also led 46-41 after the third quarter was in the books.

In the high-octane fourth quarter, St. John's outscored Good Counsel 26-20 to narrowly escape with the one-point victory.

"It was too bad that someone had to lose the game. It came down to one shot here and one shot there," said the St. John's coach.

"We left it all on the floor tonight. I'm very proud of the way that we played -- we just came up one point short. This senior class [Lindsey Spann, Amanda Fioravanti, Bernadette Launi and Anna Kokolas] has been great -- I couldn't be any prouder of them" said veteran Good Counsel head coach Tom Splaine.

(The Cadets and Falcons split regular season contests this year).

The Cadets were paced by: Allen (28 points), Amari Carter (19), Tori Oliver (eight), Kayla Robbins (six), Britani Stowe (four) and Sarah Overcash (two).

Allen summed up her thoughts after the contest: "We got some key defensive stops. We pushed the ball on the break. We got them in foul trouble and we converted from the line [27 of 36]. These past four years have really been the most memorable four years of my life."

The Falcons were paced by: Spann (30), Fioravanti (11), Sara Woods (nine), Stacey Koutris (six), Launi (three), Jordan Light (three), Kendall Bresee (two) and Nicole Enabosi (two).

In the past four seasons, St. John's won the '12/'13 title as well as the '10/'11 title; Good Counsel claimed the '11/'12 Title and Elizabeth Seton claimed the '09/'10 Title.

On the boys side, Bishop O'Connell High School of Arlington defeated St. John's, 58-53, to claim their second ever title.