New rule adds minute to basketball OT's

April 05, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Overtime periods in high school basketball games will be four minutes instead of three starting with the 1994-95 season, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced last week.

The change from the current three-minute overtime, in effect since 1961, was one of 10 new rules announced.

Rules committee chairman Rich Wulkow said the longer overtime makes for a "real-game situation, as opposed to a three-minute overtime period in which the team with possession would often just try to hold the ball."

The four-minute overtime was tried in Colorado and considered a success, he said.

In another rules change, a technical foul will be assessed for huddles or contact with the free-throw shooter that delay the game.

"The purpose of this rule revision is to prevent unnecessary delays in the game," Wulkow said.

Referees also were given authority to deal with safety concerns involving fingernails and hair styles.

The rules committee also identified three points of emphasis for 1994-95: taunting and baiting, rough play and the use of correct signals and mechanics by officials.

Mustangs mature

All-Metro sprinter Ben Braswell of Mervo placed third in the 100-meter -- and was part of both the Mustangs' winning 400 relay and their runner-up 1,600 relay teams at last weekend's Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.

Mervo sprinter Dante Palmer was the runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 10.5 inches, and Royston Little was fourth in the 100 --.

Mervo, last year's 4A state runner-up, was last year's Maryland Scholastic Association champ and won a regional team title under Freddie Hendricks, last year's Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year.

Polo triumph

Garrison Forest won its third straight Women's National Interscholastic polo title on March 10.

Coach Cindy Halle's team, led by returning seniors, Lindsey McClees, Michele Sanger, Alicia Wells, and juniors, Sara Gomph, traveled to the University of Virginia to defeat Culver Academy for the title.

National All-Star Team member, Sara Gomph, led the way with five goals. Sanger and Wells, also National All Star Team members, were not far behind with four goals each.

Due to a lack of high school level competition, the varsity, all-girls high school team plays a college-level schedule, consisting of both co-ed and men's teams. Their schedule includes the Georgetown Men's team, Tulane University, Cornell University, Army and the University of Virginia. As proof that the all-girls team is capable of competing at this level, the squad earlier this month defeated Virginia's varsity, 17-12.

Alex on attack

Senior midfielder Alex Previdi, a Boys' Latin graduate now playing lacrosse at Drew University, led his team in scoring with 20 goals and four assists over five games as of March 28.

Previdi ranked sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 96 goals and was ninth in career points with 118. He also holds the school record for goals in a game with eight against Widener in 1992. His 36 goals in 1992 are the seventh-highest single-season total in school history.

Just behind Previdi in scoring was senior attackman and Westminster native Dave Newman with 14 goals and four assists (18 points). Newman recently moved into second place in all-time goal scoring with 114.

Newman's 37 goals in 1990 and again in 1993 rank as the fifth highest single-season total.

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