Area girls players prepare for 1st Md.-Pa. showdown

March 28, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Seton Keough's Meghann Donovan, Joppatowne's Brandi Barnes and Poly's Lindsay Willemain have been chosen to play in the Pennsylvania Maryland Women's Basketball Shootout on April 13 in Harrisburg, Pa.

This is the first of what organizers plan as an annual event pitting Maryland's top seniors against Pennsylvania's. Other area players on the roster are Severna Park's Jennifer Holmes, Hammond's Kellye Townsend, Arundel's Jen Mottar and Meade's Shalisa Johnson. Barnes (Maryland) and Holmes (Vanderbilt) already have signed with colleges, but the others remain uncommitted.

Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Cumberland Valley High School.

Serving notice

Catonsville's girls lacrosse team exploded out of the gate last week, proving it is a force to be reckoned with in Baltimore County's Division I.

Last Thursday, the Comets nearly upset No. 10 Dulaney. They had a five-goal advantage with just eight minutes left before falling, 16-15.

However, that heart-breaker did not deter the Comets from rolling over then-No. 14 South River, 16-7, on Saturday. This time, the Comets didn't let the big lead slip away. Meghann Mohler had three goals and four assists and Jen Ice added four goals and two assists.

Books and boards

C. Milton Wright's Erin Updegrove earned scholar-athlete honors from the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association Sunday.

Updegrove, an All-Metro forward, averaged 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while holding a 3.98 grade-point average. She won a $500 scholarship, and plans to major in science and continue her basketball career. She hasn't decided where she'll go to college.

In addition to the scholar-athlete award, the MWBCA also names a 10-girl Academic All-State Basketball Team, which Updegrove made last year. This year's team included Perry Hall senior Elsa Ermer (4.0 GPA) and St. Paul's juniors Devin Cunningham (3.7) and Samantha Murray (4.0).

School records

Three seniors helped rewrite the Poly record book after one of the best girls basketball seasons in school history.

Kelly Logan became the first girl to score 1,000 points, finishing with 1,056. Jawai Maith stands second on the school's all-time scoring list with 936 points.

Kendall Peace is now the all-time assists leader with 388.

"Those records are really neat, especially considering the way we played," said Poly coach Charlie Sullivan. "We had a good balance of scoring. We didn't rely on one or two people."

Logan, Maith, Peace and Lindsay Willemain all had double-figure scoring averages as the Engineers finished 19-4, the second-best record in school history.

Lacrosse showdown

High school lacrosse fans could not ask for much more than what the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown offers April 20 at Johns Hopkins' Homewood field.

Four games showcase some of the area's top girls and boys teams in rare or first-time matchups.

The girls games feature the first meeting between No. 1 Roland Park and No. 6 Loch Raven at 4 p.m., and a rematch between No. 8 Mount Hebron and No. 10 Dulaney at noon. In the boys games, No. 3 Gilman meets No. 13 Mount Hebron at 2 p.m., with No. 5 Boys' Latin facing defending Class 1A-2A state champ North Harford at 6 p.m.

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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