Bad weather wreaks havoc with schedules


February 04, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Some of Friday's postponed games will be played tomorrow giving several county boys and girls basketball teams a Monday-Tuesday-Friday slate this week.

The rescheduling also means the No. 4 Annapolis at No. 20 Glen Burnie boys makeup has been changed again -- from Wednesday to Monday, Feb. 12. The two teams are vying for berths in the county championship game set for Feb. 20 at Old Mill.

Annapolis (13-3, 8-2) visits No. 16 Arundel (11-5, 8-3) 7 p.m. tomorrow in a big South Division contest. Arundel beat the Panthers, 91-86, in their first game.

The Wildcats and Panthers both trail No. 10 Broadneck (11-4, 9-1) in the South Division race. The Bruins travel to Harwood to face No. 19 Southern (10-6, 7-4) tomorrow. It's a must win in the South for the Bulldogs, who play host to Arundel Tuesday.

Glen Burnie (13-3, 8-2) paces the North Division by a half-game over North County (10-6, 8-3). The Gophers play host to improving Chesapeake (5-10, 2-7) tomorrow.

An important game Friday is the Annapolis at Broadneck rematch. The Panthers outlasted the Bruins, 75-63, in overtime in their first meeting.

The Gophers and Annapolis balked at playing on Jan. 25 while everyone else did in what was the second time county teams had to play three straight nights. The Panthers and Gophers agreed to play their Jan. 19 makeup this Wednesday, but had to change again. Four games in a week are not allowed.

So, Glen Burnie will play host to two big games back-to-back on Feb. 12-13 with Annapolis and North County. They could determine the North Division title.

On the girls side, No. 8 Annapolis (12-4, 8-2) is in a must-win situation in the South Division tomorrow at No. 2 Arundel (15-2, 11-0).

While Arundel's Chavonne Hammond and Severna Park's Jennifer Holmes, the two Vanderbilt-bound post players, get a lot of attention, it's 6-foot-2 sophomore Jackie Edwards of Annapolis who leads the county in rebounding with 15.1 per game.

Edwards, who averages 13.8 points a game, is second in the metro area in rebounds.

A big showdown in the girls North Division, finds Meade (11-6, 7-4) at Old Mill (8-7, 7-4), 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Mustangs defeated the Patriots at home, 48-39, on Dec. 21 with 6-foot-1 senior center Shalisa Johnson scoring 28 points and pulling in 18 rebounds.

Johnson is another unheralded inside player like Edwards. The Mustang center is third in the county in rebounds with 13.5 per game and is averaging 11.4 points.

The girls championship game is set for Feb. 20 at Old Mill as the first game in the title doubleheader.

Free throws

No. 4 Annapolis (13-3) has lost all three of its games in back-to-back situations. The Panthers first lost to Pallotti, 51-49, in their own Cap City Classic final after knocking off Northern of Calvert County, 88-83.

After the 75-63 triumph over Broadneck, Annapolis lost the next night, 91-86, to Arundel, and just last week blew out Northeast, 96-42, before bowing in overtime to North County, 82-69.

Georgetown assistant coach and recruiter Craig Esherick visited the Annapolis practice Thursday after the North County upset. Esherick went to see 6-7 junior Boo Diggs, who had game-high totals of 34 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks against North County.

"Craig was impressed with Boo and Brian Barber, and told me he thinks both can play at that level," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

Barber is a 6-6 junior whose 6-8 older brother, Lenny, is a freshman scholarship player at UMBC.

Esherick, who has been with the Hoyas 18 years, liked the leaping ability, long arms and fluid moves of both Diggs and Barber.

Diggs had 54 points in two games last week while Broadneck's 6-1 senior post player Jamaine Young scored 50 in two Bruin victories.

Walter recognized

Arundel's Bernie Walter, who will be inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Feb. 23, has been named National Coach of the Year by the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association.

Walter led the Wildcats to a record seventh state title last spring by 11-0 over Perry Hall.

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