Atholton picks up pace, 45-33 win Raiders' running attack wears out Long Reach

Girls basketball

January 25, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Even with a 19-point fourth-quarter lead, Atholton continued to push the ball up the court yesterday against visiting Long Reach.

"That's our no-walk policy," said point guard Anne Greenfield.

It's one of many changes the Raiders have made in hopes of becoming more competitive. Everything clicked yesterday as Atholton won its first league game, 45-33

"I'm so happy that we finally put it together and won," said Greenfield, the catalyst of the Raiders' running attack.

Atholton (3-10 overall, 1-8 league) held a team meeting last Saturday that, according to its players, was very productive.

"We had to work through some internal problems," said Tiffany Harvey, "and now that we've done that we're gong to work together as a family. We have a new, positive outlook."

Added Greenfield: "We have this new attitude at practice. There's no horsing around, and anytime the coach says something you say 'Yes sir,' even though you might not agree. We don't want to point fingers. We want to get the feeling of a family."

Long Reach coach Shanya Evans was visably upset with her team throughout the game. After losing to Oakland Mills by 26 points Jan. 7, the Lightning had played its best basketball with consecutive victories over Howard, Hammond and Glenelg. But Long Reach shot poorly and made too many mistakes.

"We didn't have it," said Evans. "You have to come out with intensity, and we had none. My players weren't sweating. I was more tired running up and down the coaches' box."

The Raiders never trailed. They broke out to an 11-4 lead before Long Reach scored the last five points of the first quarter. Five different players scored for the Raiders in the second quarter -- led by Greenfield's four points -- as they took a 24-17 halftime advantage.

A three-pointer by Thandi Howell and a basket by Tamera Jackson cut Long Reach's deficit to 24-22 with 6: 20 to go in the third quarter. The Lightning didn't score again in the quarter.

Meanwhile, Atholton scored 14 points -- six by Cara Ramsey and four each by Meagan Funches and Greenfield -- to take a 38-22 lead into the final quarter.

The Raiders didn't score a basket in the last 5 1/2 minutes of the game. But it wasn't because they weren't pushing the ball up court.

"I guess we should have slowed it down a little, but that's part of our new thing," said Greenfield.

How committed are the Raiders to their new philosophy?

"We don't walk anymore," Harvey said. "If the team decides a player is lazy they have to do 10 push-ups at the next practice."

Suffice to say, the Raiders won't be doing push-ups tomorrow.

No. 4 Wilde Lake 75, Howard 57: The backcourt duo of Toni and Lashon White combined for 27 points and Bridget White chipped in 14, as the Wildecats (11-2 overall, 9-0 league) overpowered the visiting Lions (6-7, 3-6).

No. 14 Centennial 59, Glenelg 56: Kathleen O'Connor had five three-pointers and scored 17 to lead the Eagles (9-4, 7-2) over the host Gladiators (6-7, 3-6).

No. 18 River Hill 60, Hammond 40: Greeba Outen scored a game-high 17, and Caitlin Bair added 15, as the Hawks (8-5, 7-2) downed the Golden Bears (3-8, 2-7).

Mount Hebron 35, No. 19 Oakland Mills 32: Although the Vikings (9-4) led the entire game, they needed two free throws by Anne Collins (14 points) with seven seconds left to seal the upset.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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