Wright scores 30, Western tops Sherwood for 4A title

March 13, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Junior forward Chanel Wright scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to take No. 2 and second-seeded Western (23-2) to the Class 4A state championship over top-seeded Sherwood (23-2) of Montgomery County, 61-48.

Western's unsung hero was junior guard Tesha Tinsley, who entered the game averaging 10.2 points, but scored 13 to go along with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Tinsley scored 14 in Thursday's semifinal.

Meredith Pine led Sherwood with a team-high 19 points, making two free throws with 5:40 left in the third quarter to pull the Warriors within 33-28.

Western then responded with a 10-3 run in which Wright scored six points and had two assists to push the Doves' lead to 12.

The Doves did a good job collapsing inside on Sherwood's 6-foot-2 center Nikki Tibbs, who came into the game averaging 11 points. She was held to just six points and one field goal before fouling out.

The Doves led, 47-34, after three quarters and were ahead by at least 11 the rest of the way.

The state championship is the first for a Baltimore City girls team since the city joined the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association last season.

"I wanted to win this for my school and for all the great

basketball teams I've had in the '60s, '70s and '80s who never had an opportunity to play in the states," Western coach Breezy Bishop said.

"It's been 30 years since I've been teaching. I never thought I'd see the day that I would be able to coach a team in the states."

* Easton 66, Joppatowne 50: Senior Tamara Coursey scored a game-high 27 as top-seeded Easton (25-1) beat second-seeded Joppatowne (18-4) and took the Class 1A state championship title for the second year in a row.

Kelley Gibson added 23 for Easton, which took a 26-26 tie 30 seconds after the half, and ran off 11 straight points while Joppatowne's Santae Boyd was going 0-for-7 from the field and her teammates were contributing three turnovers.

Boyd, despite not having a good shooting night, still finished with a team-high 19 points, followed by Barnes' 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Against the Mariners, Coursey stepped up, hitting 12 of 19 from the field and ending with a game-high 27 points.

For the game, Easton was 25-for-63, and Joppatowne 19-for-62, and the winners won the rebound battle, 48-38, including 28-12 at the offensive end.

Boys basketball

* Dunbar 90, Allegany 62: To take their second straight Class 2A state title, Dunbar's Rodney Elliott scored a game-high 29 points, including 18 in the first half, and the Poets jumped out to a 23-8 lead over Allegany (25-1).

Norm Nolan added 25 for Dunbar (23-3), who took an early lead and ended up 20 points ahead at the half.

Allegany seemed to be surprised by Dunbar's physical style of play, which kept their shooting percentage below 35 percent.

Allegany (25-1) -- which saw its school-record 31-game winning streak come to an end -- got 44 of its 62 points from guards.

Dunbar -- ranked 15th nationally by USA Today -- looked impressive from the opening tip, setting the tone for the game when Elliott scored the first of his points on a breakaway layup five seconds into the game.

"We set the tone in the first quarter," said Nolan, who has played on three state championship teams, the first with Milford Mill in 1992.

"I was lucky to win the first time," he said. "The second time was great because most people don't even win once. But three -- I'm just overwhelmed."

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