2 straight, a Lightning streak to build on

Howard notebook

January 16, 1998|By Stan Rappaport PTC | Stan Rappaport PTC,SUN STAFF

A two-game winning streak may not be considered much, but for the Long Reach girls basketball team it's something to build on.

"It's very significant," said Lightning coach Shanya Evans.

Second-year Long Reach, which went winless a year ago and this season lost its first four county games, won at Howard, 44-41, last Friday and beat visiting Hammond, 45-32, Wednesday.

The back-to-back wins, a first for the Lightning (4-7 overall), came after a discouraging 51-25 home loss to Oakland Mills.

"It was disappointing to see my players play without intensity," Evans said about the Oakland Mills game. "We weren't even sweating after the game."

A team meeting after the Oakland Mills game helped turn things around.

"I told them if they weren't serious about the game to turn in their [jersies]," Evans said. "They have skills and talent, but they don't always play with intensity. That's what I've been trying to develop. I want them to leave everything on the floor."

"We started to get ourselves together after the Oakland Mills game," said Long Reach point guard Thandi Howell. "We had a meeting and talked about things we were doing wrong and things we needed to change. We're playing all four quarters now. We're playing like we want it. Everybody on the team is stepping up."

Howell is the key to the Lightning attack, and not surprisingly she has played well the last two games. The junior had a team-high 14 points against Howard and scored all eight of her points in the final period against Hammond.

"That's when I need her the most," Evans said about Howell's fourth-quarter performance.

Evans starts one of the youngest lineups in the county -- two freshmen (Tamera Jackson and Allison West), one sophomore (Jerrell Lance) and two juniors (Howell, Latoya Hines).

"We're all playing better," said Evans, who added the team is playing better defense, getting key people the ball and cutting down on turnovers. "I've really been pleased."

Glenelg junior Lauren Martin needed six points against Atholton last Friday to reach 1,000 career points. She got them -- but just barely -- scoring seven points in a 54-50 win. Her last two points came late in the game on free throws.

Nordhoff Boston bound

Mount Hebron's Katie Nordhoff has accepted a lacrosse scholarship to attend Boston University, joining former teammates from last year's Vikings' team, Chrissy Lombard and Kyle Rutkowski.

"When I went there on my official visit, I loved the way it looked and the atmosphere," said Nordhoff, who stayed with Rutkowski during her November visit. "It's great academically, and a degree from that school will be really respected."

Nordhoff, an attack wing, had 24 goals, seven assists and 51 ground balls for the Class 2A state champions last year. Nordhoff is the fourth Mount Hebron lacrosse player to receive a scholarship for next fall. Kristen Foster will attend Duke, and Tracey Bounds and Trish Derwart are headed to Ohio State.

Townsend excels

Kellye Townsend (Hammond, 1996) had career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) in Long Island University's 66-63 loss Monday at Fairleigh Dickinson. Townsend played 30 minutes and made 10 of 17 field-goal attempts and two of two free throws.

Club hockey

Unbeaten club hockey teams Howard and River Hill meet for first place in the Howard Conference at 1: 30 p.m. Monday at the The Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Howard, which won the Howard Cup last year, is 5-0 with wins over Mount Hebron (8-6), Oakland Mills (7-3), Frederick (10-3), Glenelg (10-0) and Wilde Lake (3-2).

River Hill, fielding its first team in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League, is 4-0 with wins over Centennial (6-1), Glenelg (11-1), Mount Hebron (5-1) and Oakland Mills (8-0).

Here are the current standings: Howard 5-1, River Hill 4-0, Oakland Mills 2-3-1, Mount Hebron 1-2-1, Centennial 2-3, Glenelg 1-3-1, Atholton 1-3-1, Wilde Lake 1-5.

Indoor track

Glenelg, behind Beth Santilli's three individual wins, won the girls competition and Wilde Lake once again dominated the boys action in Tuesday's indoor county track meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Santilli won the 1,600, 3,200 and 800 for the Gladiators, who edged Long Reach, 80-71. The Lightning got first-place performances from Ty Carter (300, 55 dash) and Thema Napier (55 hurdles). Glenelg and Long Reach each have won two meets this season.

Wilde Lake, which has never won a boys indoor county title, has won all four meets this season. The Wildecats have finished ahead of Oakland Mills each time by an average of 37 points.

A 'B' meet is scheduled today with the National Guard meet tomorrow at the Fifth Regiment Armory. The county meet will be held Jan. 27.

Tuesday's winners:

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