Dynamic duo KOs Panthers for Arundel No. 10 Wildcats shock No. 4 Annapolis, 72-61, behind Proctor, Rollins

Girls basketball

January 14, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The future visited the present in Annapolis last night and at this stage of the girls basketball season, the future is now.

Led by perhaps the best backcourt in the county in senior Sherice Proctor and junior Megan Rollins, No. 10-ranked Arundel's young (only two seniors) Wildcats stunned No. 4 Annapolis, 72-61.

Proctor and Rollins guided what is supposed to be a team a year away from contending in the 4A East Region and Anne Arundel County South Division to the upset over the veteran, senior-laden Panthers.

"I'm proud of them because this was a gut check here," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers. "They played their hearts out.

The victory left Arundel (7-2, 3-1) in a first-place tie with Annapolis (7-2, 3-1) in the South. Annapolis is the defending champion in the region and the South and beat Arundel twice last season.

Arundel's quickness, particularly in the backcourt, allowed the Wildcats to overcome the Panthers decided height advantage. The Wildcats' accuracy on the foul line -- 21 of 24 free throws -- also was a major factor.

Proctor scored a career high 31 points, had five rebounds and eight steals, while Rollins tossed in 24 points (18 in the second half) and stole the ball six times.

Their superb play enabled Arundel to overcome a 48-22 margin in rebounds. Annapolis had 24 of its boards on the offensive end with Arundel grabbing only 12 there, but the Panthers failed to capitalize.

Had it not been for a spectacular night by 6-1 senior Kammi Cottrell, the Panthers may have been run out of their gym. Cottrell, who finished with 31 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and two blocked shots, scored 21 of her team's 32 second half points to keep it close.

Besides Cottrell, Annapolis has two other tall seniors in 6-2 Jackie Edwards and 6-3 Emily Dammeyer. Edwards came in averaging 18.6 points and 17.4 boards a game with Dammeyer nearly 10 points and 11.8 rebounds.

Edwards, who had seven rebounds, scored only four of her 10 points in the first half as Annapolis led by 29-27.

Dammeyer scored eight points and had 12 rebounds. Both got into foul trouble, as did point guard Kerry Miller, who scored only two points.

"We tried to penetrate the lane and get fouls on their big people to equal the game out more, because our big people are not as experienced as theirs," said Proctor, a four-year player.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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