'Our time of year,' says Bears' coach Playoffs set

can Hammond reach title game again?

February 27, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Hammond's girls basketball team has appeared in a record-tying five straight Class 2A state championship games. The Golden Bears won titles in 1992, 1994 and 1995.

"It's our time of year," said Hammond coach Joe Russo as he prepared his 12th-ranked team for the playoffs yesterday.

Hammond and four other county teams begin postseason play tomorrow. Glenelg, Atholton, Oakland Mills and Howard will be at home. Boys' games start at 5 p.m., and girls games begin 20 minutes following the conclusion of those games.

Hammond is at Potomac of Prince George's County and River Hill is at Smithsburg of Washington County. The boys start at 6 p.m. and the girls 20 minutes after the end of those games.

The Golden Bears (18-4, 15-3 league) face a 15-7 Potomac team that has won its county's Class 2A title two straight years. The Braves, winners of their last six games, have three players averaging in double figures -- Tamika Fuller (13), Kiki Wimbush (12) and Tina Wilson (10).

"We're playing our best basketball of the year right now," said Potomac coach Kathy Fehr.

Hammond suffered its worst loss of the season, 46-23, at Centennial two weeks ago. The Golden Bears finished their season with home wins against Long Reach (75-37) and Atholton (47-30).

"We've been practicing hard," Russo said. "They're upbeat. I think we're ready to play our best basketball."

In other Class 2A girls games tomorrow:

Lackey (5-15 overall, 2-8 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) is at Glenelg (11-11, 9-9). After six straight wins, the Gladiators closed the season with four consecutive loses. Lackey's 5-11 center Jackie Wright is averaging 20 points the last six games. Guard Chyenne Lee is averaging 16 points for Lackey.

Fairmont Heights (5-13 overall, 3-5 P.G. County league) visits Atholton (9-13, 7-11). Lakisha Price is averaging 16 points for Fairmont Heights.

Central (10-9, 5-3 P.G. County league) travels to Oakland Mills (11-11, 10-8). Jessica Oster (stretched Achilles tendon) has returned to practice for Oakland Mills and probably will play, said coach Teresa Waters. Central starts three sophomores, a freshman and a senior. Point guard Nikia Butler leads Central with a 16-point average.

Great Mills (1-19, 0-11 SMAC) travels to Howard (10-12, 9-9). The Lions reached the Class 3A state semifinals last year.

In a Class 1A game, River Hill (7-15, 4-14) plays at Smithsburg (13-7 overall, 11-7 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League).

Wilde Lake, Long Reach, Centennial and Mount Hebron have first-round byes. Centennial will play Broadneck Monday at Anne Arundel Community College. The boys start at 5: 30 p.m., and the girls 20 minutes after that game ends.

Jagoda commits to UMBC

Mount Hebron senior lacrosse goalie Amy Jagoda has orally committed to a full scholarship from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Jagoda, who shared the goaltending duties with Kristen Foster last year and will do the same this season, had 51 saves last year.

Jagoda selected UMBC because "it was close to home and I really liked the coach [Monica Dicandilo]."

Kickham returns

North Carolina freshman lacrosse player Julie Kickham, the county's Player of the Year last spring from Mount Hebron, returns to the area March 8 when the Tar Heels play at 1 p.m. against Maryland in College Park.

North Carolina has three other former Mount Hebron players -- sophomore Erin McGinnis, junior Lori Pasquantonio and senior Amy Fine. Cathy Nelson, The Sun's metro Player of the Year as a senior at Mount Hebron, is a junior playing at Maryland.

The Tar Heels come back to the area to play Johns Hopkins March 15 and Lehigh University March 16. Both games are at Homewood Field. Lehigh has two former Mount Hebron players -- junior Toni Giorgio and freshman Christina Eberhart.

Hockey slap shots

Centennial's club hockey team lost to St. Albans, 7-2, Monday in the opening round of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League playoffs. Freshman Pat Shaeffer had both Eagles' goals.

Competition for the first Howard County Cup begins Monday when Glenelg plays Howard at 4: 20 p.m. Atholton meets Centennial at 4: 20 p.m. Tuesday. The winners play at 4: 20 p.m. Wednesday for the Cup. All games will be played at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

An East-West county All-Star game will be played at 4: 20 p.m. next Thursday at the Gardens Ice House. Howard's Michael Rand will coach the East (Howard, Mount Hebron, Oakland Mills, Hammond) and Centennial's Steve Berman the West (Glenelg, Centennial, Wilde Lake, Atholton).

Recently named to the MSHL Central Conference all-star team were Centennial's Dan Havery, Shaeffer, Matthew Sniscak, Glenelg's Andy Lazarro and Mount Hebron's Jason Brooke. Some or all of these players will be selected to participate in the MSHL All-Star game, 6 p.m. March 7 at the Gardens Ice House.

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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