State semifinals

March 14, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield

BOYS

(at College Park)

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 and Forbes and Griffin are both 40 percent shooters from beyond the arc. 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). C Derrick Brown, who stands 6-7 and averages 9.5 boards and 6.5 points, will do battle with Goode. The Hornets lost to Dunbar by 10 earlier this season.

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)

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. Like the Generals, Wheaton made its last trip to the final four in 1985, and the Knights won their only title that year. The Montgomery County squad won its regional playoff games by an average of 32.7 points. and this season, scored an average of 68.3 points compared to 53.7 for the Generals. Among their top players is 5-8 junior guard Lesley Walker (25.6 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 steals) and 5-4 senior guard Kathy Miller (10.3 points, 2.8 assists).

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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