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The visitors were the victors Jan 12 when the Washington-Lee Generals swept the Yorktown Patriots in an all-Arlington girls and boys basketball doubleheader.

The boys won 51-40 to improve to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the Liberty District, with the girls winning 52-47 and now stand 7-5, 1-1. 

The girls game was played first and the high school contest was close throughout. Yorktown (5-9, 0-2) led 37-36 with 6:06 left in the fourth quarter on two foul shots by Liz Shean.

Washington-Lee took the lead for good at 38-37 with 5:55 left on a basket by Sydney Rood that started an 11-0 Generals' run. A three-pointer by Maya Srinivasan ended the burst with W-L ahead 47-37.

Enas Nigatu led Washington-Lee with 18 points, Jordan Mosely scored 12, Eleanor Doolittle and Rood eight each and Srinavasan five.

"When they were coming back we lost a little bit of our composure," Nigatu said. "We decided to come together and do what we do. We got composed and broke their press."

Shean scored 22 to lead Yorktown and she made four three-pointers. Maggie Shipley scored 12 and Megan Hemstreet eight.

"This is the biggest rivalry of the year," Doolittle said. "We made smart passes and we didn't give up the ball unnecessarily."

In the boys game, Washington-Lee led at the end of each quarter, including 31-23 at halftime and 35-30 after three periods. Yorktown's last lead was 7-6.

"We worked together as a team, we knew we had the players," said W-L's Matt Deily, who led his team in scoring with 12 points. "We knew we'd be OK if we executed and didn't make bad decisions."

 Also for the Generals, Ilias Hwang scored eight, Chris Ozgo and Patrick McGee seven each, Alex Simmons six and Anthony Reyes five.

  "It's always tough when we come over here to play because the players on both teams all know each other," Washington-Lee coach Bobby Dobson said. "We had a good third quarter with a different rotation and we played well. We have some tough-minded guys."

Leading Yorktown (3-11, 0-2) was Matt Coulam with 10 points, Aidan Stroup made three three-pointers and scored nine and Ryan Van Kirk had eight.

Yorktown coach Joe Reed said his team was hurt when the Patriots' three seniors got in foul trouble, but added that some younger players played well and got good experience.

In its previous game, Yorktown lost to Langley, 71-61, with Stroup making five threes and scoring 17, Coulam 16 and Van Kirk 11. The Patriots made a total of 10 threes.

Washington-Lee defeated Annandale, 56-53, and lost to South Lakes, 76-73, in its previous contests. For a story on those games look on this Web site.

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