No. 1 Southwestern blitzes Douglass, 72-57 Annapolis boys power past Chesapeake

Arundel girls rip Queen Anne's

March 04, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Transportation problems caused top-ranked Southwestern to arrive 45 minutes late for yesterday's Class 4A North region playoff at Douglass.

The Sabers then needed a little more time to get rolling once the game started, coming out sluggish and scoring only five in a first quarter controlled by Douglass.

But backcourt mates Cornelius McMurray and D'Artegnon Smith eventually took over.

McMurray registered a triple double and Smith nearly did, as Southwestern advanced with a 72-57 victory over No. 17 Douglass.

Southwestern (23-0) will play host to Mervo tomorrow in the region semifinals.

McMurray and Smith sparked the Sabers at both ends of the court. They were the keys to Southwestern's trapping defense that gave Douglass fits, especially in the second half.

Southwestern used its quickness to trap at several spots, forcing bad passes, poor shots and numerous turnovers. The Sabers then converted the errors into easy points and cruised.

Douglass (14-7) turned the ball over 20 times -- including six in the first quarter they controlled.

"We weren't intense on defense in the first half," said Smith. "In the second half, we came out more intense."

Said Southwestern coach Terry Leverett: "You have to win with defense. They stepped it up in the third quarter and took control."

Smith and McMurray keyed that second-half spurt. Smith finished with a team-high 20 points, but also led with 13 assists and eight steals. McMurray added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Douglass, behind the strong shooting of Chucky Harris (32 points), took a 13-5 lead after one. The Ducks controlled the tempo, and the Sabers hit only two of 13 shots from the field.

But Southwestern slowly heated up. The Sabers rallied for a 24-23 halftime lead during a 19-4 run that gave them a 39-27 lead midway through the third quarter.

Douglass never again drew closer than six as the Sabers' smothering defense made finding decent shots a not-so-fun adventure. The Ducks went long stretches without baskets as the Sabers rolled.

Arundel 83, Queen Anne's 73: Four players scored in double figures, led by Tony Ross' 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (18-5) won a 4A East quarterfinal game. Arundel also got 20 points from R.J. Farmer, 17 from Levar Robinson and 15 from Joe Parker. Arundel and Annapolis will meet tomorrow in the region semifinals.

Annapolis 84, Chesapeake-AA 56: Senior guard Todd Nicolini hit all seven three-pointers for the host and eighth-ranked Panthers and finished with 22 points in a 4A East quarterfinal playoff game.

Southern-AA 76, Forest Park 40: Will Maynard scored 21 points and Jeff Crandall and Richard Yates added 16 each to lead host Southern (11-11) over Forest Park (2-16) in a 2A East quarterfinal. Southern and City meet in the region semifinals tomorrow night.

City 75, Northeast 48: Senior guard Omar Smith scored 28 points as host City (13-8) downed the Eagles in the 2A East quarterfinals.

Poly 68, South River 59: Senior guard Al McGee scored 20 points to lead the host Engineers past the Seahawks in a quarterfinal game of the 2A East playoffs. Stan Edelstein had 20 points for South River.

Girls

Annapolis 52, Chesapeake-AA 33: Junior forward Jackie Edwards paced the host and ninth-ranked Panthers with 14 points in a 4A East quarterfinal win. Annapolis and Arundel will meet in Thursday's region semifinals.

Arundel 69, Queen Anne's 37: Lachelle McHenry scored 17 and Megan Rollins added 16 to lead No. 11 Arundel (18-5) over visiting Queen Anne's (19-5) in a 4A East quarterfinal.

South River 51, Parkside 41: Junior guard Adria Lewnes led all scorers with 17 points to help the homestanding Seahawks (7-15) advance to the 2A East semifinals, where they will meet Wicomico or Stephen Decatur Thursday.

Southern-AA 70, Forest Park 40: Jessica Downes and Betsy Smith each scored 15 points to lead the visiting Bulldogs (8-15) to a 2A East quarterfinal win. Southern and City meet in a region semifinal Thursday.

City 43, Northeast 30: Shemeika Johnson hit four three-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points to help the Knights to a home win in 2A East. Lee McMillan led Northeast with 20.

Centennial 44, Broadneck 32: Sophomore guard Icyis Richardson scored 14 points to help No. 7 Centennial (18-5) down host Broadneck in the 3A East quarterfinals.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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