Knee surgery red-shirts Hines at Georgia State

Howard notebook

January 09, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Rene Hines, last year's Howard County Player of the Year in girls basketball, has been red-shirted this season at Georgia State after having anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in her right knee in October.

"Remember the Wilde Lake game? That's when it happened," Hines said this week from her apartment in Atlanta.

Hines injured her knee with 1: 49 left in the second quarter of last season's Class 2A South region championship eventually won by the Wildecats. The 6-foot-1 Hines re-entered with 6: 16 left in the third quarter with her knee wrapped but reinjured it a little more than a minute later and returned to the bench. The All-Metro forward came back again, with 4: 41 left in the game but lasted only 23 seconds.

Hines didn't realize the injury was so serious -- she thinks now it was partially torn against Wilde Lake -- and continued playing. In September, when she was running sprints with her Georgia State teammates, she turned to cut and "dropped to the floor. They had to carry me out.

"The doctor told me I had two choices. I could never play basketball again, or I could have surgery and sit out a year."

Hines, who was on crutches for almost two months, participates at practice by shooting and passing. She also travels with the team.

"It's disappointing, yes, but you know what they say, everything happens for a reason," Hines said. "I'm just trying to be as positive as I can."

Hines is majoring in business marketing and earned a 3.0 grade point average her first quarter. "I'm really concentrating on school," said Hines, who lives with three teammates in an apartment built as part of the Olympic Village. "That's my No. 1 thing right now."

Hines said her son, Andre, who was born Sept. 23, 1995, and is living with her parents in Columbia, is "doing wonderful. He's growing up very fast, and I know I'm missing that. But I feel I'm doing this not only for myself but for him."

Here's how two other first-team All-County selections last year are doing in college:

Howard graduate Chanelle Carter has played in all nine games for Delaware State. Carter, who has started one game, is averaging 3.4 points and two rebounds. Delaware State plays at Morgan State Monday and at Coppin State Jan. 31.

Oakland Mills graduate Kena Hodges is at Furman University, where she has played in 11 of 12 games (starting one), and is averaging 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Playing for first place

Seventh-ranked Wilde Lake and ninth-ranked Centennial, the last two unbeaten girls basketball teams in the Howard County League, meet at 7 tonight at Centennial.

"Every time we play them, it's been a good game," said Wilde Lake senior guard Toni White. "They've become our rival since [twin sister] Lashon and I started playing."

The teams tied for the county title last year. They split last year's games, each winning on the other's home court.

Both teams are 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the league this season.

Centennial coach Dave Greenberg said his team is "struggling a little bit. We're just not playing that well."

Centennial needed a shot at the buzzer by Kathleen O'Connor to beat Hammond, 35-33, Dec. 22.

The Eagles trailed Atholton at halftime, 18-17, Wednesday before limiting the Raiders to one field goal and six free throws in the second half of a 44-26 win.

Martin nears 1,000

Glenelg junior guard Lauren Martin needs six points against host Atholton tonight to reach the 1,000-point mark. Martin has been the county's top three-point shooter the last two seasons, DTC making 54 as a freshman and 57 last year. She has 14 this season.

O'Connor to Notre Dame

Her grandfather, Joseph Mulcrone, worked there before World War II. Her father, James, and an uncle graduated from there. Her brother, Kevin, is a junior there now.

Is it any surprise that Centennial's Kathleen O'Connor wanted to go to Notre Dame?

"It's been a big tradition in our family," said O'Connor, who has been accepted to the university. "I've been there many times. The tradition, the values -- it's a very special place."

O'Connor has played on three state championship volleyball teams and is a three-year basketball starter. Notre Dame has highly-ranked teams in both sports, and O'Connor said she will play intramurals.

Change in hoops schedule

High school basketball games originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 will be played a day later because of academic testing that week.

Teams will not be allowed to practice from Jan. 19 (no school in observance of Martin Luther King's birthday) through Jan. 22. Teams will resume practice on Friday afternoon.

The times of the Jan. 24 games will be the same for all schools, except Hammond and River Hill. Because Hammond is hosting a wrestling meet that day, both boys and girls games will be played at River Hill, using the main and auxiliary gyms. The boys games will start at 10 a.m. and the girls games at 11: 30 a.m. For the rest of the county teams, JV games will start at 1 p.m., followed at 2: 30 p.m. by the varsity.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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