Annapolis cruises by South River

February 20, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A dream-like basketball season continued for Annapolis junior center Jackie Edwards last night.

Edwards scored nine of the first 11 points for the seventh-ranked Panthers and went on to score 20 points, grab 14 rebounds, rack up nine steals, block three shots and hand out three assists to help overwhelm South River, 51-32, at Annapolis.

The victory gave the Panthers the Anne Arundel County South Division championship and completed what seemed like an impossible task earlier in the season.

Annapolis (18-3, 8-1 in the South) has now dethroned defending Class 4A state champion Arundel as the South champs, giving the Panthers a berth opposite North champion Meade in Tuesday night's county title game at Arundel at 7.

Arundel had overpowered 49 straight Anne Arundel county opponents before Annapolis pulled off a monumental upset over Arundel 10 days ago.

Edwards, consistent all season, has taken her game to a higher level the past two weeks and is the primary reason the Panthers will be favored to defeat No. 17 Meade.

"We're happy," said Edwards. "But we can't celebrate too much. We have other games to prepare for. We have to play Southern-AA Friday night before we can think too much about Meade."

Kammi Cottrell joined Edwards in double figures with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and senior guard Kristen Kapusta had five assists and three points.

"It feels good to win and take the pressure off our girls Friday night at Southern," said Griffith. "We've overcome a lot of adversity [turnovers] in some games to win this year and that shows we must be a pretty good team."

Becky Preston led South River (6-14, 1-8) with 10 points.

"We didn't stop Edwards but we still had some nice spurts," said South River coach Dirk Rinehart. "We just need to put together our runs, shoot better and learn the game more. I'd still say we're one of the better 6-14 teams in the state."

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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