Annapolis routs Chesapeake bbTC Class 4A, Region IV girls

March 03, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

When 6-foot star forward Shannon Henderson went down early in the second period with a strained neck, all Annapolis' Cristi Samaras needed to do was tap her "unity tag" and go to work erasing a 17-9 deficit.

Samaras, a 5-foot-5 junior guard, scored eight straight points to ignite a 12-0 run and finished with a game- high 25 points as the 18th-ranked Panthers (18-5) routed Chesapeake, 66-44, in the Class 4A, Region IV girls basketball playoffs.

With the first-round victory, third-seeded Annapolis advanced to a semifinal at No. 2 seed Severna Park tomorrow.

The 12-0 spurt led by Samaras propelled the Panthers to a 26-21 lead at the half, and they built leads as great as 19 points in the third period and 25 in the final period.

"We call it our team unity tag," said Samaras, referring to the tape on her left calf.

"We put a motto on the tape for each game and wear it on the left either on our legs, ankle or wrist to signify our binding. It reminds us that we are a close-knit team.

"I can't tell you what the letters on the tape mean tonight because it's personal, but with Shannon out, it was my duty to get it going."

After the second-period run, the Panthers scored 23 in the third period to put away the Cougars (10-12) for a third time this season.

Annapolis had beaten Chesapeake by 52-36 and 51-41 in the regular season.

Samaras had nine points and grabbed five rebounds in the decisive third period.

"I don't show my socks because I don't like my legs and think they are fat, but it's not copying Bobby Hurley," Samaras said.

"I saw Angie Dobbs wear them that way at Navy and liked it."

Samaras also liked the way her team pulled together in the absence of Henderson and said that's what it will take if the Panthers are to keep going in the playoffs.

Henderson returned in the first minute of the third period when 5-foot-6 Janelle Queen drew her fourth foul, resulting in a foul shot by Chesapeake's Sandra Norris (team-high 13 points).

The free throw cut the Annapolis lead to 26-23, but the return of Henderson seemed to fire up Samaras, who went on a nine-point surge.

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