Atholton boys take crown, but girls fall to Spalding Raiders down Wilde Lake behind play of Penamon

Central Md. tournament

January 04, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Atholton's boys and girls basketball teams had an opportunity last night to sweep the Central Maryland Tournament, something the host school had done only once in 1994.

The Raiders' boys team did their part, beating Wilde Lake, 74-67, in the nightcap. But Archbishop Spalding dominated Atholton's girls team from the start en route to a 61-39 triumph.

James Penamon sparked the Raiders boys (6-2) with 21 points, including eight of 11 from the line, and was named MVP of the tournament. Penamon scored 10 points in the final period, hitting two three-pointers and four free throws.

Penamon and teammate Ryan Lambert were named to the all-tournament team. Lambert, one of five Atholton players in double figures, had 10 points against the Wildecats (4-3).

Mike Braxton (team-high 16 points) and Tim Hawken (nine points) made the all-tournament team from Wilde Lake.

The Wildecats scored the last six points of the first quarter to take a 17-15 advantage. It turned out to be their last lead of the game.

Wilde Lake went scoreless in the first two minutes of the second quarter, enabling Atholton to tie the game. Lambert's layup with 4: 52 left gave Atholton a 23-21 lead and the Raiders increased it to 33-29 at halftime.

Wilde Lake made only eight of 17 free throws in the first half, including missing six of eight in the second quarter.

Atholton took advantage of another slow start by Wilde Lake to begin the third quarter. By the time Wilde Lake made its first points of the quarter -- with 4: 50 left -- the Raiders had stretched their lead to 38-29.

Brandon McCreary's basket cut Wilde Lake's deficit to 51-46 with 7: 08 remaining in the game. But Atholton ran off seven straight points -- a Penamon three-pointer and baskets by Jason Allmond and Brian Boykins -- for a 12-point lead with 5: 33 left.

tTC Atholton made 20 of 31 free throws, including 12 of 18 in the final period. Wilde Lake finished 17 of 32 from the line.

"Defensively, we did a better job tonight then we did last night [a win against Bel Air], and that's where we're going to win or lose games," said Atholton coach Jim Albert.

In the girls championship, Spalding (10-5) raced out to a 19-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

"We haven't played well in the first quarter all year," said Atholton coach Todd Kriner, whose team hurt itself by missing 22 of 35 free throws. "We don't have the ability to come back from that."

Jen Butterwei scored 16 points and Courtney Dixon 11 to lead Spalding. Butterwei, who had 19 points in Friday's 13-point win over Old Mill, was named tournament MVP. She and teammate && Lauryn Schaech, who made three three-pointers against Atholton, were named to the all-tournament team.

Anne Greenfield, who had 15 points against Spalding, and Tiffany Harvey, whose free throw was the difference in a 53-52 semifinal win over Gaithersburg, made the all-tournament team from Atholton.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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