Today's games

March 13, 1997|By Katherine Dunn, Kevin Eck, Bill Free, Lem Satterfield, Stan Rappaport

State semifinals

BOYS

(at College Park)

No. 6 Dunbar (17-6) vs.

Crossland (24-3)

Class: 3A

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Dunbar takes a 10-game winning streak into today's semifinal, and is going for its fifth straight state title. Sophomore C-F Jamal Brown (6-6) averages 13 points and rebounds with five blocks. Senior wide-body Chris Dean (6-5) averages nine points and rebounds with three blocks. With Crossland, ranked No. 3 in the Washington, D.C., area and boasting 6-8 Henry Rascoe (15.6 points, 10.2 boards) and 6-4 Melvin Atkinson (12.7, 5.6), Dunbar sophomore G Timothy Lyles (20 points, eight assists) and senior G Dyrell Garrett need to take pressure off the frontcourt. Dontez Dean, a 6-6 sophomore who is a solid all-around player, comes off the bench for the Poets, who have a victory over Surrattsville -- one of the three teams to beat Crossland.

Thomas Johnson (20-5) vs.

No. 5 Randallstown (21-4)

Class: 3A

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: This is a rematch of the state final of two years ago, won by Randallstown. The Patriots of Frederick rely on University of Maryland-bound 6-8 C Terence Morris, who averages 19.1 points, 13 boards, four assists, four blocks, and Loyola College-bound 6-2 G Hasheem Alexander, who averages 15.6 points, four rebounds and five assists. "But they're far from a one- or two-man team," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers. "I'll be showing the kids a tape of how we played them two years ago, but they're going to be much better than that."

Randallstown's C Tony Darden and F Jerry Venable (11.2 points, 6.5 boards), each at 6-5, will need big games inside, as will junior G Demon Brown (22.1 points).

Calvert (21-4) vs. Parkdale (18-8)

Class: 4A

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Parkdale of College Park, coached by Bob Johnson, has three players scoring in double figures. They are Tremaine Price (14 points), Tremain Powers (21.5 points, 5.1 boards) and 6-7 C Jerome Matthews (11.2 points, 5.1 boards). Calvert of Calvert County, coached by Bill Stewart, has a blend of athleticism, speed and outside shooting that makes it a tough opponent. G Timothy Pitcher (6-2) averages 17 points and four rebounds.

Paint Branch (17-6) vs.

No. 1 Southwestern (25-0)

Class: 4A

Time: 9 p.m.

Outlook: Southwestern faces an upset-minded squad that ranks 8 in the D.C. area. Two weeks ago, the Panthers lost to Sherwood for the second time this season. Last week, the Panthers, led by 6-7 Peter Bauer (57 blocks), eliminated the Warriors from the playoffs. "We don't know much about them," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverette, whose floor leader, Cornelius McMurray, averages 25 points, eight boards, five assists and three steals. But the Sabers rely heavily on depth, which runs back nine-to-10 players. With their tallest player being 6-4 Robert Gray (12 points, 10.2 boards, three blocks), the Sabers have proven they can play an up-tempo or slow-down game. However, Paint Branch coach Hank Galotta said: "I like to think we can run if we have to."

GIRLS

(at UMBC)

No. 9 Annapolis (23-4) vs.

Largo (23-2)

Class: 4A

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Largo (five senior starters) pushed eventual Class 4A champion Arundel to the limit last year in the state semifinals before losing, 56-52. Largo coach Bob Blair said he is well aware of Annapolis junior C Jackie Edwards' talents (17.3 points, 16.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and blocked shots and two assists a game). The way to stop her is to start guarding her when she gets off the bus," said Blair. Largo 5-10 senior F Kia Williams leads the team at 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Senior G Felicia Harris is the other Lions' player in double figures with 12.3 points a game. For Annapolis, junior F Kammi Cottrell averages 14 points and 13 rebounds, junior G Kerry Miller averages five points and 5.7 assists and senior G Kristen Kapusta averages six points, three assists and three rebounds.

Blair (23-2) vs.

No. 11 Western (24-3)

Class: 4A

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: Western is riding a 21-game winning streak, the Baltimore area's longest. Blair, ranked sixth in the Washington area, has won 16 straight. Western is led by 5-10 senior guard Marion Moore (17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds), who has played especially well in the postseason. The Doves, who breezed to the North region title by winning four games by an average margin of nearly 54 points, are quick and deep, and they like to run. Blair features a balanced offense, led by 5-7 junior guard Shelly Browne (11.3 points, four assists, 4.7 steals). Western returns to the state semifinals for the fourth time in five years. The Doves won state championships in 1994 and 1995. The Blazers won in 1982.

No. 7 Centennial (20-5) vs.

Friendly (24-2)

Class: 3A

Time: 7 p.m.

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