Deja vu for Arundel: Meade topples, 68-48 Wildcats take 2nd title from Mustangs in 2 weeks

Girls basketball

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

Meade picked up its play last night from the last time it played No. 5-ranked Arundel, which won that game for the Anne Arundel County championship by 17 points.

Problem for the Mustangs was, the Wildcats were better last night, too.

A lot of the same ingredients played big in Arundel's 68-48 winning of the Class 4A regional championship over Meade last in Gambrills, sending the Wildcats to the state tournament for the third time in four years.

Their first state title came in 1996, and they'll chase a second in a semifinal Thursday at UMBC.

More excellent guard play from senior Sherice Proctor and junior Megan Rollins, another standout effort from junior center Shaunte Edmonds, and timely contributions off the bench helped the Wildcats (23-3) keep a safe distance from No. 8-ranked Meade (21-5) most of the way.

With the stakes higher last night, it was almost a repeat performance from their 78-61 win over Meade on Feb. 25.

"This is my senior year, and I wanted to get back to states one last time. I also wanted everyone else to have the experience of going to UMBC," said Proctor, who finished with a game-high 19 points. "We were ready to play from the start."

The Wildcats took a 38-24 lead at the half and kept the Mustangs a comfortable distance away for the rest of the night.

Relentless penetration from Proctor and Rollins (13 points, eight assists, three steals) helped send the Wildcats to the free-throw line, where they connected on 24 of 31 shots. Edmonds took care of business inside with 15 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks, and freshmen Jill Marano (10 points) and Najmah Fauntleroy (15 rebounds) made a difference off the bench.

"We have kids who are playing with a lot of confidence. The whole team is contributing," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers. "In the beginning, the talk was Annapolis and Meade and rightly so. We were overlooked and that's pushed us to be where we are now."

The Mustangs, behind a 17-point performance from junior guard Angie Creek, worked to get back in the game in the second half, but every time they appeared on the verge of making a run, the Wildcats had an answer.

"Every time it looked like we'd get a run started, they'd come back with a fast break or there would be an unfortunate break in the game that took away our momentum," said Meade coach Phil Popielski. "I give Arundel a lot of credit. They played well."

Pub Date: 3/07/98

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