No. 1 Southwestern blitzes Douglass, 72-57 Mt. Hebron boys advance with victory over Carver

Centennial girls march on

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

Backcourt mates Cornelius McMurray and D'Artegnon Smith eventually took over, however.

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.

The Ducks (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, and 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.

"Defense is what we specialize in," said McMurray. "Offense comes off of defense."

Southwestern forced turnovers on four straight possessions midway through the third and converted those turnovers into points three times.

Throw in the strong play from Jerome Banks (14 points), Robert Gray (10) and Earl Carr (six), and it's easy to understand how Southwestern took command in the second half.

"If you turn it over vs. Southwestern, you lose," said Douglass coach Rodney Coffield. "They turned it up a little bit in the second half, and we turned it over."

Mount Hebron 56, Carver 48: Senior forward Eli Wishnivetski led all scorers with 19 points as the Vikings (9-13) advanced at home in the 3A East quarterfinals. Mount Hebron will travel to Anne Arundel Community College tomorrow night to meet Broadneck in the region semifinals.

Lake Clifton 85, Walbrook 55: Damon Spells scored 19 points and Dominique Liverpool had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Lakers (18-4) in 4A North quarterfinal.

Woodlawn 89, Kenwood 65: Damon Garris scored 16 and had five rebounds and four assists to lead the No. 5 Warriors (21-1) in a 3A North quarterfinal.

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.

Girls

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. Centennial and Mount Hebron meet in the region semifinal Thursday.

Wilde Lake 59, Atholton 38: Lashon White scored 24 and Bridget White added 14 to lead No. 8 Wilde Lake (19-4) over visiting Atholton (10-14) in a 2A South quarterfinal. Wilde Lake advances to Thursday's region semifinals, where it will meet the winner of today's game between Howard and Oakland Mills.

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.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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