Annapolis double-teams opponents for crowns

January 01, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

There was more than New Year's Eve to celebrate in Annapolis last night as the Panthers boys and girls basketball teams swept their Capital City Classic.

The 10th-ranked Annapolis boys held off T.C. Williams of Alexandria, Va., 91-84, in their final after the Annapolis girls' beat Frederick Douglass of Prince George's County, 55-47, to repeat as champion.

Kelsey Watkins, one of five Panthers to hit three-pointers, had team-high totals of 19 points and three, three-pointers to help overcome a combined 50 points including five, three-pointers by T.C.'s Michael Horton (game-high 29 points) and Daymond Jackson (21 points).

"I didn't think we played well at all," said Annapolis coach John Brady, whose team won it's first tournament title since 1990. "We should have won by 20, but we put them [T.C.] back in the game with stupid mistakes."

Using 12 players, eight of whom scored, the Panthers (6-1) ran the Titans (5-1) ragged from buzzer to buzzer. The visitors, ranked 11th by the Washington Post, suffered through a poor-shooting first half before staging their comeback.

Rodney "Shaq" Watts, who had a game-high 14 rebounds, scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half as the Panthers built a 48-34 lead.

Annapolis started the second half by hitting five of its first 10 field-goal attempts, four of them three-pointers, while building what appeared to be a commanding 20-point lead at 63-43.

T.C. staged an 11-0 run featuring threes by Jackson and Horton. By the end of the period, the Titans had cut the lead to 67-59.

Twice in the final period, T.C. got within six points of the Panthers before the Panthers recharged their engine. Rico Lee's back-to-back steals and subsequent two-pointers gave Annapolis an 82-66 lead with about 4:30 to go.

Shannon Henderson won the battle of the six-footers in the girls game, but it was two of her 5-foot-8 teammates in Janelle Queen and Artina Trader who made big-time contributions down the stretch to lift the Panthers (3-4) over the Eagles (6-2).

Going against 6-foot Drewana Bey, the 6-1 Henderson was the individual winner with 22 points to Bey's 20, but the latter was the winner on the boards, 18 to 15. Henderson also had three assists, two steals and three blocks to two, one and two, respectively, for Bey.

"She [Henderson] has quick moves and it was a good match-up," said Bey, who is bound for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

"It was a learning experience for me, keeping my composure while they double-teamed me."

Annapolis coach Dave Griffith went to a box and one with Henderson and Trader smothering Bey and it worked particularly in the final period. Bey was limited to only two free throws in the last period and hardly got the ball.

The Panthers, who led 28-24 at the half, took a five-point lead (40-35) into the final period and maintained it by denying Bey the ball. Bey's foul shots came with 1:35 left and cut the deficit to 48-45 before Queen took over.

Queen (15 points, five boards, two steals) went on a 6-0 run on a field goal and four straight free throws.

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