Meade downs Old Mill, closes in on North title Center Netherton shines in Mustangs' 59-40 victory

Girls basketball

February 12, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Dena Eldridge probably played the best all-around game of her three-year career at Meade and Angela Creek continued to show flashes of basketball brilliance for the Mustangs.

But it was 6-foot-2 sophomore center Katie Netherton who stole the show again last night at Meade, scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead Meade to a 59-40 victory over Old Mill, which virtually wraps up the Anne Arundel County North Division championship for the Mustangs.

Meade is 7-0 in the division and second-place Old Mill is 5-2 with three games left, and 17th-ranked Meade is likely to win its last three games and move into the county championship game Feb. 25 against the South Division winner, which will most likely be Annapolis.

In its only meeting with Annapolis this season at Meade Jan. 28, the 17th-ranked Mustangs (16-3 overall) blew a 14-point third-quarter lead and lost to the Panthers, 51-49.

However, two games after that loss to Annapolis the young Netherton suddenly became the offensive-minded player everybody around Meade has been waiting to see.

The Netherton coming-out party was last Friday night in a 67-32 romp over North County when she scored 20 points and was a force on the boards as usual.

Last night, Netherton proved the North County performance was no fluke and came back with the strong 14-point show inside.

Netherton is starting to post up with authority and driving to the basket. She will be difficult for anyone to handle if she keeps on playing like that.

"I'm starting to understand things a lot better around the basket," said Netherton. "And I guess you can say I've found out scoring can be as much fun as rebounding."

Eldridge led all scorers for Meade with 17 and had seven assists, and Creek overcame foul trouble to score 15 points and hand out four assists.

For Old Mill (11-7 overall), it was basically all Seneka Blackwell, as she scored a game-high 20 points on some super spinning moves to the basket. She made 14 of 16 shots from the free-throw line.

"We just don't have the size to compete with Meade, Arundel or Annapolis," said Old Mill coach Pat Chance. "And you're not going to beat anybody when you only hit 12 of 56 from the floor."

Southern-AA 56, Arundel 47: Lindsey Lowman scored 21 points to lead visiting Southern-AA (9-8, 2-5) to an upset of No. 8 Arundel (14-5, 5-2) in an Anne Arundel County South Division contest.

The Wildcats, who have lost two straight county games, had won 49 Anne Arundel County games in a row since 1993-94 season until they lost last Friday to Annapolis.

The Bulldogs lost to Arundel by 20 points earlier this season.

Annapolis 66, Severna Park 52: Jackie Edwards scored 28 and Kammi Cottrell added 17 points as visiting and No. 7 Annapolis (15-3, 6-1) downed Severna Park (9-10, 3-4) in an Anne Arundel County South Division contest. With three league games left Annapolis' magic number for clinching the division title is now two, for any combination of Annapolis wins and Arundel losses.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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