Area AAU basketball teams head to Va.

April 08, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

While most high school basketball players are busy pursuing other interests after the long, storm-interrupted winter season, several will return to the hardwood this weekend to take part in the eighth annual Boo Williams Nike Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament in Hampton, Va.

Three area Amateur Athletic Union teams, including two from the Anne Arundel County-based Maryland Waves and one from Freeplay of Baltimore City, will compete in the three-day event, which annually attracts a multitude of college scouts.

Bruce Springer's under-16 Maryland Waves team earned its seventh straight tournament invitation, and he hopes the experience his team gained last year will help it advance further than it did in last year's 32-team field.

"We took four 15-year-olds with us last year and we're hoping that experience will pay off," said Waves assistant coach Tom Conroy, who saw his team advance out of pool play last year, only to lose to eventual champion Florida, 84-80, in the first round of single-elimination play.

Among that experienced group are 5-foot-10 forwards Tameka Harrison (Hammond) and Sandy Jenkin (Severna Park), 5-6 point guard Tikki Nicholson (Hammond) and 6-foot shooting guard Chanel Wright (Western). Lisa Jackson, a 6-1 center from Western, attended last year's Boo Williams as a member of Freeplay, but since has joined the Waves.

Georgetown-bound Kacy Williams (Hammond) did not make the trip last year but her reputation helped earn her a spot on the Nike All-American Team, which will play in an exhibition game at Hampton University.

Rounding out the Waves' 16-and-under contingent are Shakia Gee (Western), Robin Johnson (Institute of Notre Dame), Mona Jackson (Howard) and Kesha Watkins (Milford Mill).

Dewayne Burrows' 16-and-under Freeplay squad boasts six players from Western's Class 4A state champion squad including 5-9 guard Kimberly Smith, 6-1 center Danielle Davis, 6-0 forward Felicia Burrows, 6-1 forward Melba Chambers, Janell Burgess and Tesha Tinsley.

Joining the Doves for Freeplay are 5-10 forward Annetta Davis (St. Mary's), Kristy and Kortni Webb of St. Frances, Jakia Ervin (St. Frances), Shannon Henderson (Annapolis) and Deshawn Coleman (Walbrook).

The Waves' 14-and-under team, which began its season by winning the Lady Cougar Classic in Pulaski County, Va., is on a quest for a national championship.

Representing the Ray Moldenhauer-coached Waves are Sarah Brino (Broadneck), Heidi Moldenhauer (Annapolis), Erin Wilmer (Crofton Middle), Shannon Cohen (Mercy), Britney Whitehurst (Fallston), Chanelle Carter (Howard), Rene Hines (Hammond), Cara Consuegra (Linganore), and Charity Carbine and Andrea Pinheiro, both of Seton Keough.

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