Fourth-ranked Annapolis thrashes South River, 57-25 Girls basketball

January 07, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

As the game wore on last night with visiting Annapolis comfortably pulling away from upstart South River, a couple of things became more and more apparent: Fourth-ranked Annapolis has been winning for a long time, while the Seahawks under second-year coach Dirk Rinehart are still getting familiar with success.

The inside play of seniors Kammi Cottrell and Jackie Edwards proved to be too much for the No. 20 Seahawks as the Panthers rolled to a 57-25 win.

Cottrell finished the night with 19 points while Edwards added 16 as the Panthers improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in Anne Arundel County's South Division.

For Rinehart and his Seahawks, whose setback was their first after seven straight wins, it's all part of the learning process. The Seahawks are only one win away from matching last year's output for the entire season.

"This was a good game for us. It lets us know where we are and what we need to work on," Rinehart said. "The kids haven't played too many big-time games -- Southern in last year's region finals was one. This one was a lot like that. It was a big-time experience for them."

Cottrell and Edwards certainly came up big for the Panthers. Each took turns dominating inside to overcome a slow start. The two teams combined to shoot 4-for-24 from the field in a first quarter which saw Annapolis take a 7-3 lead.

In the second quarter, it was Edwards' turn to take over as she scored four straight baskets inside the paint to help the Panthers build a 17-5 lead. Cottrell had a similar run early in the fourth quarter with the game decided, hitting for 13 points in the final frame.

"We came out cold," said Annapolis coach Dave Griffith. "We were trying to generate things under the basket, but weren't hitting our shots. We kept on pounding it inside to make things happen, regrouped at the half and got our high-low passing game working."

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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