Annapolis girls roll, but boys suffer a rout Capital City Classic

December 31, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

The Annapolis girls basketball team (3-2) won its Capital City Classic over Glen Burnie (3-3) last night, 47-31, but the Panther boys (4-1) were soundly beaten by Christian Brothers Academy (5-0) of New Jersey, 83-47.

The fourth-ranked Annapolis Capital City Classic

boys were totally frustrated in front of the home crowd.

Christian Brothers hit 56 percent (38-for-68) from the floor for the game. The Colts, New Jersey's 12th-ranked team, hit 19 of 35 shots in the first half with Steve Skrocki scoring eight of his game-high 16 points.

Starting the second half with a 40-21 lead, the Colts stampeded for 20 more points in the third period, hitting eight of 13 from the field to put the game out of reach. In its first four wins this season, previously unblemished Annapolis had owned the third period, but not this time.

"It's only our fifth game, but yes, you would have to say it was the best we have shot this year," said Colts coach Ed Wicelinski. "We played very well. Our defense was very good and contained their transition game, boxed out well and limited them to just one shot most of the time."

No argument there because Annapolis came into the game averaging over 80 points per game and had run foes into submission. Annapolis wasn't in the game after the Colts hit their final five shots of the first period to build a 24-10 lead.

The game was reminiscent of the 40-point beating the Panthers received a couple years ago from Dunbar of Baltimore. "Oh, we're not in that class," said Wicelinski.

In the Annapolis girls win, upstart Glen Burnie was able to control the Panthers' 6-foot-1 junior center Shannon Henderson. Henderson had scored 37 in a semifinal romp over South River on Tuesday, but was held to 12 last night, four coming in the last two minutes.

Gopher forward Jessica Pearce had only three points and four rebounds but she shadowed Henderson throughout. The result was Annapolis going more to other people.

"I thought Jessica did an awesome job on Henderson, but we just had too many fundamental breakdowns at the end," said losing Gopher coach Patty Dages.

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