Long Reach girls take 1st basketball win Howard notebook

December 12, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Long Reach's girls basketball team won its first game in school history last night, and coach Shanya Evans hopes it will give the Lightning a boost going into tonight's 7 o'clock game against visiting River Hill.

"It was a good win for the team," said Evans after her team defeated visiting Chapelgate, 46-19, behind 17 points from Demetria Hamilton. "Winning is always good for your confidence."

Second-year Long Reach, which went 0-23 last year and lost this year's opener to Liberty, dominated outmanned Chapelgate in every area. But the Lightning still didn't look smooth.

"We have a lot of talent on this team even though we don't show it like tonight," said junior point guard Thandi Howell. "It feels good to win, but we can play a lot better. We just have to keep our heads in the game."

Long Reach made 20 of 76 shots from the floor. Chapelgate (1-2), which got 14 points from Laura Starsoneck, made seven of 24 shots and had 30 turnovers.

Girls basketball dribbles

Wilde Lake finally begins its season tonight when the two-time defending county champions play host to Oakland Mills (1-0) at 7 o'clock.

Wildecats starting center Jessie Roy-Harrison, a 6-foot senior, still is recovering from an ankle injury and will be out at least another week, said coach Kelly Storr.

Senior forward Alicia Bates (5-10) has been cleared to play by her doctor after a small fracture in her back limited her activity the last few months. Storr said Bates, who has missed a number of practices this season because of her back, will get limited playing time against the Scorpions.

"Physically, she's still not in shape," Storr said.

Bryanna Herring, a 5-11 sophomore, and 6-1 senior Becca Moody will join twins Toni and Lashon White and Bridget White in the Wildecats' starting lineup.

Oakland Mills won its opener, 41-37, at Thomas Johnson Wednesday night. Jamie Beale had 12 points, and Adrienne Butler added 11 to pace the Scorpions, who made only three of 12 free throws.

"We played well in spurts," said Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters.

After scoring only eight baskets in a 35-21 opening-season loss last Friday at South Carroll, Atholton rebounded with a come-from-behind 48-46 win Tuesday over visiting Edgewood.

First-year Atholton coach Todd Kriner said his team "didn't play well and didn't get any breaks" in the loss to South Carroll. Kriner was very pleased how his team regrouped against Edgewood. The Raiders trailed the entire game, then tied it with just under a minute. Cara Ramsey, who finished with a team-high 13 points, made the game-winning shot. The Raiders were without four players, including starter Meagan Funches, because of a winter concert.

River Hill's girls soccer team traveled to Urbana in September and lost its first game of the season in overtime, 1-0. On Wednesday, the Hawks' basketball team traveled to Urbana and suffered its first loss, 52-51.

River Hill (1-1) led by as many as six (28-22), but Urbana took 37-36 lead into the fourth quarter. The teams exchanged leads before River Hill went ahead 51-49. Becky Boteler's three-point basket with seven seconds gave Urbana the victory. The Hawks' last second attempt was off the mark.

"The girls did a nice job doing things as a team," said River Hill coach Karen Saunderson. "They hustled and they hung in there."

Caitlin Bair led River Hill with 19 points. Cristin Ethridge, a 5-11 junior, had 12 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Freshman Greeba Outen landed hard on her back early in the game, and that injury limited her playing time. She finished with eight points.

Mount Hebron, which opens league play tonight at Atholton, made 15 of 27 field goal attempts in the first half last Saturday to take a 42-12 lead against Franklin. But the Vikings but made only two of 19 shots in the second half and scored six points for a 48-33 win.

The Vikings were more consistent against Catonsville on Tuesday. They led by as many as 17 in the fourth quarter before winning, 54-43.

"We got off to a slow start [against Catonsville]," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson. "Catonsville pressured us all over the floor, but our girls responded very well."

Indoor track

Wilde Lake's boys and Glenelg's girls won the team competition in the first county indoor meet of the season at the Fifth Regiment Armory Monday.

The Wildecats' boys team, favored to win the county, had three individual firsts -- Nkem Ohia in the 300 (38.87), Ben Coffman in the 3,200 (10: 39.43) and Jason Eichmiller in the 800 (2: 09.79) and won all three relays.

The relays were won by Jansen McMillan, Coffman, Aaron Blum and Matt Daddio in the 3,200 (8: 39.43), Todd Fleming, Jimmilee Levins, Raney Holmes and Duane Kerr in the 800 (1: 40.95) and Blum, Ohia, John Bash and Kerr in the 1,600 (3: 51.99).

Six Wilde Lake runners took second places -- Kerr in the 300, Eichmiller in the 1,600, Holmes in the 55 dash, Blum in the 500, McMillen in the 3,200 and Daddio in the 800.

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