It won't just be a punt, you may have to see each other regularly. It is easy to maintain discretion at arms length. Not so much when people are often in your face. Other people will notice your body language and mannerisms will have changed towards each other, even if you don't.
When I wait a while for one girl and two turn up at once, it is usually at the same place. I normally fob off the advances of the nice girl and go for the adventurous girl instead and it never works out. No matter how professional you all are, things can get very weird very quickly.
Being honest in general is a good thing, but I wouldn't be dishonest here, just don't mention it. For myself, a 1% chance things will turn out alright is a chance worth taking, but inevitably after an absence I will say something and it will all blow up in my face. The good thing is, things often get worse before they get better and time heals all wounds, but I move on alone and I'm not getting any younger.
It is up to you if you think the risk of headache is worth it, no one else can decide it for you. But if you do like her, why not ask her out on a date instead?