Quince Orchard has lost just two games all season, and it took two extra periods for the Cougars to avenge one of those losses last night. The Cougars beat Clarksburg 63-61 in two overtimes Wednesday night in Darnestown.
Quince Orchard is now 18-2 this season and has not lost since their last meeting with Clarksburg on January 21. Their only other loss came at the hands of Bethesda Chevy-Chase on December 11. Both losses were road games for the Cougars, and they remain unbeaten at home this season.
Clarksburg gave Quince Orchard all sort of trouble last night in a hard-fought game. The game was tied 52 apiece at the end of regulation, and it ended after two overtimes with Quince Orchard prevailing 63-61. Quince Orchard’s John Fierstein’s 24 points to lead all scorers was the major difference in the game. It as the junior’s layup in the final seconds that sealed the victory for the Cougars.
Fierstein’s efforts were aided by fellow junior Matt Kelly who finished the game with 15 points including hitting two free-throws to tie the game at 54 to send it into a second overtime, where Fierstein would win it for Quince Orchard.
The Coyotes had three players in double-digits, led by Ian Krishnan’s 17 points. Dallas Marshall added 15 points, including seven field goals, and five points in the overtime periods. Andrew Kostecka finished the game with 14 points, including a three-pointer in the final overtime period.
The win propels Quince Orchard to 18-2 on the season with two games remaining. The Cougars will host 14-3 Tuscarora High School on Friday night, in a matchup of two top-tier teams from Montgomery County and Frederick County. The Cougars will finish the regular season playing a makeup game, on the road at 13-6 Kennedy on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Clarksburg drops to 12-7, with three games remaining against schools with winning records. They will travel to 12-6 Sherwood tonight, Thursday at 7:15, and then host 13-6 Kennedy on Friday night, Feb. 19, and wrap up the regular season on the road at 14-5 Blake on Monday, Feb. 22.
Top: Clarksburg’s Dallas Marshall (32) drives baseline while being defended by Quince Orchard’s Daniel Dorsey (22). Marshall would finish with 15 points.
Next: Clarksburg’s Andrew Kostecka (14) with the ball while being defended by Quince Orchard’s John Fierstein (3).
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.