Wright sparks No. 2 Western to state 4A title over Sherwood

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, 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.

* 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.

On the season, Gibson averaged 28 points and 15 rebounds, and Coursey, 20 points and eight assists. 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 was 19-for-62, and the winners won the rebound battle, 48-38, including 28-12 at the offensive ends.

Boys basketball

* DuVal 60, Douglass 58: Tony Hickman led fourth-seeded DuVal (14-10) to the Class 3A state championship win over third-seeded Douglass (13-10) with 16 points.

Joseph Holmes added 12 for DuVal, which overcame injuries and a sixth-place finish in the Prince George's County 1A-2A-3A League to win the South Region championship.

Leading the Ducks was Alphonso Jones with a game-high 27, including six three-pointers, while Robert Smith contributed 14.

For DuVal, Hickman converted two free throws for a 60-56 lead. Sam Womack scored for Douglass with two seconds left. But the Ducks ran out of time. It was the second 3A state title in four seasons for DuVal.

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