A Southwestern player who transferred to Walbrook over the summer will be allowed to play basketball for Walbrook this year, the Maryland Scholastic Association ruled yesterday.
The appeal of Shamar Bass, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, was granted by the MSA executive committee. However, the committee turned down a similar appeal by Eddie Rivers, a 6-3 senior guard who transferred from Southwestern to Edmondson over the summer.
Adopted in 1985, the MSA transfer rule states that a varsity athlete must sit out one season after transferring.
Bass won the appeal because he moved to his grandmother's address, which is in the Walbrook zone. Rivers' case wasn't as clear cut. His mother said she transferred him to Edmondson so he could study a trade, but his address never changed.
* Boys basketball: Dulaney's Albert Smith has picked up where he left off last season. The 6-3 junior forward scored 41 points as the Lions downed Randallstown, 73-66, last night at Dulaney. Steve Johnson paced Randallstown with 15 points.
Catonsville, the favorite in Baltimore County, had four players in double figures as it beat Franklin, 89-55 . . . Guard Carlos Paul led Woodlawn with 20 points in the Warriors' 73-58 win over Dundalk.
Paul Howard had 20 points, Steve Kraning added 15 and Mike Smith scored 12 as Loyola beat Oakland Mills, 61-59. Carruthers Gant and Greg Washington scored 16 each for Oakland Mills.
* Girls basketball: Mount Hebron, the defending state Class 2A champion, opened the season with a 52-37 victory over Seton Keough. For the Vikings, sophomore guard Erica McCauley had 13 points and four assists, Sandra Benson added 10 points and Andrea Day had 12 rebounds. Melissa Cuneo and Mickey Burns had 10 points each to lead Seton Keough.