Seahawks Take Aim At Powerful Panthers

January 28, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff writer

Just two years ago, the Annapolis Panthers notched a school single-game record for points scored in a 119-63 victory over South River's boys basketball team.

The game at South River marked the last time the Seahawks competed against Annapolis.

In tonight's game at Annapolis High, South River (12-1) has an opportunity to erase the memory of that outing.

"They played well and knocked us all but loose," said South River assistant coach Jack Jordan, who may stand in as head coach for tonight's contest against the 10-1 Panthers, ranked No. 4 by the Baltimore Sun.

Head coach KenDunn, in his 14th season, was out of town yesterday because of an illness in the family and might not return for tonight's game.

Dunn's absence may not be a severe disadvantage, however, since Jordan is 6-0 as head coach over the last two seasons.

"This game isn't going to make or break our season, but the team does want to win," said Jordan.

But it won't be easy.

The up-tempo Panthers are led by 6-foot-5 senior forward Rob Wooster, the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1990-1991 Player of the Year. Wooster is averaging 21.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Then there's 6-1 forward Marvin Brown (17 points, 4.3 boards), who earlier this season was the county's top scorer, and 6-6 center B. J. Gross (8.9 points, 7.8 boards). Also, 6-2 Josh Gannon is averaging 9.1 boards and 3.1 steals.

"They don't match up with us in height or experience," said Jordan. "But theydo overmatch us in speed."

And the Panthers have plenty of depth with 6-1 junior guard Lozonnah James, 6-3 sophomore forward Larry Brown and 6-1 sophomore point guard Juan Johnson, who show their skills when Annapolis chooses to run.

James had 16 points and Brown had nine rebounds in a victory over Arundel two weeks ago.

And when it comes to shooting three-pointers, "Tim Howe is our specialist," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

"He can hit four or five three-pointers in a hurry. That's what we do. If we can't get inside, we'd just assoon shoot the three-pointer. We're making over 50 percent of them."

Jordan counters: "If you want to shoot a three-pointer against us, go ahead, because that means that there's nobody underneath for therebound."

That's where height comes in for the Seahawks, with junior Darren Hall (6-5) and senior Edmund Hicks (6-4), who are averaging 13.1 and 16.5 points per game, respectively. Coming off the bench are senior Fred Goodson (6-7), and juniors Robert Randall and Jason Fullmer (both 6-5).

Senior guard/forward Al Lee leads the county with his 21.7 points-per-game average.

The Seahawks also proved they have a three-point hot hand when necessary in overtime victories overMeade, Glen Burnie and Old Mill.

A three-pointer by Lee pushed the Meade game into the extra session, where the Seahawks pulled out an84-83 victory. And two buzzer-beating 21-footers by Hicks clinched wins over Glen Burnie, 72-70, and Old Mill, 66-63.

"I projected they'd do very well in the county because of their personnel," said Brady. "I don't know how much depth they have, but I know their three starters (Lee, Hicks and Hall) are very solid."

So will it be South River, which enters with a school-record 12 straight wins, including a74-63 victory over Leonardtown, the only team that has beaten them?

Or will it be Annapolis, the Class 4A state champ from two years ago, which has beaten the Seahawks by an average of more than 20 points in each of their nine meetings.

"We have the nucleus to beat every team in the county," said Jordan. "But we have something very special for Annapolis tomorrow night."

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