Kim Miller and her teammates at North County High led Prophet Pat's downfall last week. Man, did they make the rage of a sage look bad.
Miscalculating twice on North County girls basketball games, the renowned Prophet went an embarrassing 2-4 last week. The poor showing dropped the Prophet's overall average below .700 for the first time since way back in the fall.
The Prophet goes into this week's six-pack with an overall 110-49record, which on the calculator comes out to a .692 percentage. Thatpercentage would be acceptable for most other prognosticators, but for the Prophet, it's far below his high standards.
Last Friday, the North County girls avenged an earlier 64-43 loss to Old Mill by defeating the Patriots, 62-57. That totally defied the Prophet's three-point pick of Old Mill.
Then, just this Tuesday, the Knights held on for a 58-53 victory over streaking Arundel, which the Prophet had made the one-point favorite.
Miller saw to it that the Prophet got zapped by scoring 40 points in the two games and lifting the Knights'overall record to 13-3.
Broadneck was another school that contributed to the Prophet's downfall, only in its case it was both the boysand girls teams. THe Broadneck boys snapped out of their mini-slump (two losses in a row) by sticking it to Northeast, 74-62, last Friday. The sage made Northeast a one-point favorite.
The Bruin girls also were tabbed to lose to Northeast by a point but rolled, 43-28.
On the positive side of the scorecard, the Prophet hit on the Arundeland Old Mill boys games. Arundel, a one-point pick over Glen Burnie,won, 57-55, while Old Mill came from behind to cover the three-pointspread and nip Southern of Harwood, 75-71.
The Prophet is ready to turn this thing around in serious fashion, so let's roll, sports fans.
Southern of Baltimore at Annapolis, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Here we go again, Baltimore's best against Anne ArundelCounty's best. Southern of Baltimore (13-4), ranked No. 2 by The Sun, comes calling at No. 4 Annapolis (15-2) tomorrow night with the host Panthers getting a chance to redeem themselves.
Back on Jan. 19,Annapolis was hammered by top-ranked Dunbar of Baltimore, 80-61, andwill be out to prove it should return to the No. 2 ranking it held before that loss.
Dunbar (21-1) destroyed Southern a week after Annapolis, 81-47. That's a 34-point margin as opposed to the 19 points Annapolis lost by, but those numbers can be deceiving.
Southern is much better than it showed in that Dunbar game or it wouldn't be ranked so high. Just this Tuesday, the Bulldogs outlasted eighth-ranked Cardinal Gibbons (16-8) of Baltimore, 52-47, with John Salley leading the way.
Salley, who had 14 points and 10 boards in the Gibbons victory but only six points against Dunbar, is a 6-foot-7 senior center. He was a Street & Smith preseason Maryland honorable-mention Al-American and is definitely a main concern for Annapolis.
Also, there are 6-6 Kwame Evans, 6-4 Che Evans and slick 5-10 senior guard David Cason. Cason is a great ball handler and shooter as evidenced by the 16 points he had against Dunbar.
Southern is similar to Dunbar, but not as good. Annapolis should win this game, provided it plays its game and Dennis Edwards comes to play. Another factor is how Annapolis played last night at Baltimore Poly.
A bad outing at Poly could affect the play of the Fighting Panthers tomorrow night against Southern. A win at Poly should have the Panthers ready to go for the Southern jugular.
On Monday, Annapolis, in the words of Coach John Brady, played "our best all-around game of the season. All 15 players played well." Annapolis buried Queen Anne's, 110-65, with Edwards bagging 33 and 6-9 senior Jon Holden scoring a career-high 17 points.
Sogoes Edwards, go the Panthers.
Annapolis plus 2 over Southern.
Old Mill at Meade, 7 p.m. Friday.
This game coupled with what happens in the Southern at Annapolis game could determine who ends up top seed with the home-court advantage in the 4A Region IV playoffs.
Annapolis (15-2) holds a slim lead for the top spot over Old Mill (15-3), and all games count (except Christmas tournaments). Even those outside the county count in the playoff race.
The Prophet believesthat the law of averages is going to run out on this Old Mill team. The old saying that "it's better to be lucky than good" applies to Old Mill, and the sage doesn't mean that Old Mill is not a good team because it is.
But Old Mill is also very lucky, winning more games than it had a right to or was expected to. Just this past Tuesday, while Meade (14-4) was downing Glen Burnie, 72-60, Old Mill came back to edge Southern of Harwood, 75-71. Southern led practically all the way until the final few minutes when Old Mill took over.
You can only do that so many times when you are not blessed with great height in this 4A league. The Prophet believes the Patriots have gone to the well too many times and are going to be thirsty from here on in.