Sherwood eliminates Annapolis, 62-55

March 11, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Meredith Pine and Nikki Tibbs scored 15 points apiece to lead top-seeded Sherwood (21-1) of Montgomery County to a 62-55 win over No. 8 and fourth-seeded Annapolis (19-7) in a Class 4A state semifinal girls basketball game yesterday at UMBC.

Tibbs also grabbed 10 rebounds for Sherwood, and teammates Takesha Williams and Gloria Cruz contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.

For Annapolis, making its first appearance in the state tournament since 1982, a bad case of nerves and an inability to keep Sherwood off the boards proved its undoing. The Warriors collected 24 offensive rebounds, and 45 total, compared to 29 for the Panthers.

The problems extended even farther. Annapolis' offense never looked in sync, which contributed to 23 turnovers. And Sherwood went to the line twice as many times (40-20).

Despite its troubles, 8th-ranked Annapolis made two strong runs against the Warriors.

Sherwood had broken free from a 14-14 tie after one quarter by outscoring Annapolis 19-9. But Cristi Samaras hit a three-pointer, Stephy Samaras converted a pass from Artina Trader and Cristi Samaras put back a missed layup to reduce the deficit to 37-35 with 2:38 left in the third.

The Panthers had the ball with 1:42 left and Sherwood leading, 57-51. They took two bad shots from around the three-point arc, and Cristi Samaras picked up her fifth foul with 1:16 left.

Trader drove the baseline and scored with 54 seconds left, cutting Sherwood's lead to 59-53. But that was as close as Annapolis got.

Cristi Samaras and Shannon Henderson led the Panthers with 19 each. Henderson also grabbed 17 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

They were on their own for much of the game, however. Starters Emily Nugent, Stephy Samaras and Janelle Queen combined for just 11 points, including nine in the second half.

While Annapolis struggled to find some offensive balance, four Sherwood players scored in double figures. Meredith Pine had 15 points, Takesha Williams 12 and Gloria Cruz 11.

The loss ended Anne Arundel County's streak of 4A state championships at five in a row. Broadneck was victorious in 1989 and 1990, and Old Mill won the past three.

Sherwood will meet No. 2 Western at 3 p.m. tomorrow for the state final. The Doves ousted No. 3 seed Oxon Hill yesterday, 60-45.

* DuVal 54, Whitman 50: Tiffany Moss scored 18 points as third-seeded DuVal (18-3) upset second-seeded Walt Whitman (23-1), the top-ranked team in the Washington Post, in a Class 3A state semifinal.

DuVal, which won the Class 3A state title in 1991, will meet the winner of last night's Randallstown-Howard game in tomorrow's final at 8 p.m.

Whitman, which lost to Bladensburg in last season's championship game, trailed by only eight points with 1:02 remaining. But Molly Hughes hit back-to-back three pointers to pull Whitman within 52-50 with :29 left.

Moss then converted both ends of a one-and-one with 22 seconds left to extend DuVal's lead to four.

Whitman failed to score on its final possession.

Boys basketball

* DuVal 81, Thomas Johnson 67: Donnell Combs scored a game-high 21 points to lead fourth-seeded DuVal of Prince Georges' County (13-10) past top-seeded Thomas Johnson of Frederick County (22-1) in a Class 3A semifinal.

Tony Hickman added 20 for the Tigers. Tom Praesel was Thomas Johnson's leading scorer with 13 and Steve McKenzie contributed 11.

DuVal advanced to the state 3A championship game at 3 p.m. tomorrow against No. 18 Douglass.

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