State semifinals

March 14, 1997|By Rick Belz, Katherine Dunn, Glenn P. Graham, Stan Rappaport, and Lem Satterfield

BOYS

(at College Park)

Long Reach (10-13) vs.

Crisfield (23-3)

Class: 1A

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Crisfield, from Somerset County on the Eastern Shore, is more experienced, bigger and deeper than the first-year Lightning, who have no seniors. Coach Phil Rayfield's Crabbers have 6-foot-7 John Nelson, but Long Reach has no starter over 6-1. Crisfield starts three seniors and two juniors, led by 5-7 senior PG Andrew Collins, who averages 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.1 steals. Junior F Derrell Turpin (5-11) averages 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. Coach Al Moraz's Lightning are led by point guard Chris Smith (5-8), who averages 15 points and five assists, and freshman Devin Conwell (6-1) with points and 10 rebounds.

Westmar (19-5) vs.

No. 13 Edgewood (22-4)

Class: 1A

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: Edgewood has won 10 straight and 17 of its last 18. The Rams are making their fifth state playoff appearance in seven years. Mike Griffin, a 6-1 junior G, leads the Rams in scoring with a 20.5 average. Guards Keith Winder and Kirk Forbes are averaging 17.9 and 12.7 points a game, respectively, and junior F Allen Jordan leads the Rams in rebounding with 7.7 a game. Amos Anderson, a 6-2 senior F, is averaging eight points a game and 6.1 rebounds. Coach Bob Slagle's Rams have hit 174 three-pointers this season. Westmar, from Allegany County in Western Maryland, coached by Rick Scaletta, advanced to Cole with a pair of low-scoring wins over Williamsport (39-34) and Beall (46-40). Alex Kinnie, a 6-6 C, leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 18 points.

No. 20 City (15-9) vs.

Surrattsville (19-6)

Class: 2A

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Knights bring a 10-game winning streak into their first state final-four appearance. Coached by Daryl Wade, son of former Dunbar and Maryland coach Bob Wade, City is led by 5-9 senior G Omar Smith (23.5 points, 7.1 assists a game), 7-foot C Derrick Goode (15.1 points and rebounds a game), and 6-4 F Warren Smith (10.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists). Surrattsville, in Prince George's County, is ranked No. 12 in the Washington, D.C., area and is led by Earl Elam (19.8 points) and 6-4 Harvey Thomas (18.8).

Wheaton (16-9) vs.

No. 11 Milford Mill (21-5)

Class: 2A

Time: 9 p.m.

Outlook: The Millers' C Joel Lucas (6-foot-7) and F Anthony Jenkins (6-5) will be critical in establishing coach Ed Smith's half-court game against smaller, quicker Wheaton from Montgomery County. The Knights, ranked No. 20 in the Washington area, are led in scoring by 6-5 Erik Pettie (18.2 points, seven rebounds). Milford Mill has been to the state semifinals seven times and in the championship game six times, winning state titles in 1988 and 1992.

GIRLS

(at UMBC)

Southern-AA (13-10) vs.

No. 8 Wilde Lake (21-4)

Class: 2A

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick is making her 10th appearance in the state tournament and first since 1989. Senior Lindsey Lowman is the only Bulldog averaging in double figures (12 points). Center Jessica Downes (5-foot-11) and Beth Smith (5-9) are Southern's tallest players. Wilde Lake, Class 1A titlist two years ago, is athletic, plays strong defense and rebounds well. Twin guards Toni and Lashon White lead the team in scoring with 14.1 and 9.6 averages, respectively. Bridget White, who averages 8.9 points, also averages a team-high 12 rebounds. Center Jessie Roy-Harrison (8.3 points, 6.7 rebounds), who strained a calf muscle in region play, is expected to play.

Wheaton (22-2) vs. Towson (20-4)

Class: 2A

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: The Generals are trying to become only the fourth Baltimore County team to win a state girls title and the first since 1988. Leading the Generals are 5-8 sophomore guard Lindsay Buchanan (12.5 points, 7.7 rebounds) and 5-9 junior guard Sara Lev (10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds). Inside, 5-10 junior forward Jaimee Reynolds (10 points, 9.7 rebounds) has been consistent all season. Wheaton made its last trip to the final four in 1985, and the Knights won their only title that year. The Montgomery Countians won in regionals by an average of 32.7 points a game. Among their top players is 5-8 junior guard Lesley Walker (25.6 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 steals).

Mardela (22-3) vs.

No. 20 F.S. Key (23-3)

Class: 1A

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Key is making its first state playoff appearance since 1988. Waiting for the Eagles is the state's leading scorer, Rasheedah Akram (37.6 points, 18.1 rebounds) and a Mardela team from Wicomico County that likes to play pressure defense. Akram, a 5-10 senior, is the state's all-time career scoring leader with 3,541 points. The Eagles have a balanced attack with senior forwards Stephanie Stambaugh and Cindy Sheedy. The week's rest will help senior G Nicole Keffer, who has been bothered by a knee injury.

Northern-Garrett (17-8) vs.

Rising Sun (18-6)

Class: 1A

Time: 9 p.m.

Outlook: Northern is making its debut in the state final four, the only school in the girls' semifinals never before in the tournament. Leading the Tigers is 6-0 senior center Susan Dugan (19.9 points, 10.3 rebounds). Rising Sun has been in the final four once, in 1989. The Huskies rely on 5-8 senior G Mindy McCarty (16 points, 6 rebounds) and 5-11 junior F Brooke Brenneman (15 points, 9 rebounds).

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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