Maryland recruits shine in all-star game

March 27, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- It was a scene Maryland coach Chris Weller hopes to see a lot of over the next four years: Kelley Gibson and Sonia Chase celebrating a victory as they walked off the court at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

Maryland signees Gibson (Talbot County's Easton) and Chase (McDonogh) scored 19 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Freestaters to an 84-61 victory over the Old Liners in the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game last night.

"I thought they looked good," Weller said of her two recruits. "I don't want to jump the gun too much and have too many things to say, though."

She didn't have to say anything. The talented duo's performance spoke for itself.

Gibson, the game's high-scorer, also had six steals and four blocked shots.

After a slow start, Chase showed off her offensive moves and slick passing in the second half.

"In the first half I was very nervous just playing on this court," Chase said.

"In the second half I just opened up, worked hard and forgot about being nervous."

Gibson and Chase have been teammates in Amateur Athletic Union competition, but this was their first time together at Cole Field House.

Both players expressed their eagerness to get their careers at Maryland under way.

"I love playing with Kelley," Chase said. "She's a great athlete and a great person. We're friends off the court as well. I can't wait to get things started here at Maryland."

Said Gibson: "We played on the floor we're going to be playing on for four years. It felt good to be here as high school players. Once we get here and learn the program and develop more skills, it's going to be really exciting."

Another player who may be headed to Maryland -- Mount Hebron's Rachel Cimmier -- also played well.

Cimmier, a 6-foot-2 French exchange student, scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Freestaters.

She has made official visits to Maryland, Rhode Island, Providence and North Carolina-Wilmington.

The Freestaters opened the game with a 12-0 run and never trailed.

The Old Liners rallied to tie the score at 16 and 41, but the Freestaters ended the game on a 22-4 run.

Gibson and Chase combined to score 14 in the final spurt.

At halftime, the MWBCA Academic All-Maryland Team was honored, and Mount Hebron's Kristen Lloyd was the recipient of the first $500 scholarship award.

Joining Lloyd on the academic team was: Kacy Williams (Hammond), Emily Yanero (Mount Hebron), Danielle Davis (Western), Katie Kemerer (Broadneck) and Lauren McHargue (Oakland Mills).

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