Doves turn one over, bow to DuVal

Rattled Western botches 16-point, 3rd-quarter lead

Newport Prep tops Dunbar

Mayor's Basketball Academy

High Schools

January 07, 2000|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Everything was going as planned for seventh-ranked Western last night at the Mayor's Basketball Academy Tournament.

The Lady Doves' senior center, Tyecia Powell, was dominating inside, and Western's half-court defense had Lanham's DuVal out of sync. And the Doves played a near error-free first 23 minutes.

Then it was as if an unseen hand intervened. Foremost, an injury to Powell's right arm left her ineffective for much of the second half, and Western unraveled under a pile of turnovers and missed shots as DuVal won, 49-47, at the Coppin Center.

The fourth annual event continues through tomorrow with Western back in action at 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow against Kensington's Newport School, where Powell played until transferring to Western.

The Doves (5-4) led by 16 (37-21) midway through the third quarter last night and by 47-46 after Stephanie Tolbert's 10-foot jumper with 1: 42 left.

But Western missed twice after the Prince George's countians failed to convert a one-and-one, and the Tigers' Vernessa Neamo hit a transition layup that put DuVal (3-3) ahead to stay, 48-47.

"They started making the shots they needed to make, and foul shooting made a big difference in the end," said Western coach Artie Uhlich, whose players missed three free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

Powell's injury also left the Doves unable to defend Chineze Nwago, the Tigers' inside strength. The 6-foot tall center had eight points, mostly on layups, in the third quarter to keep DuVal close. Her two free throws early in the final period had the Tigers, ranked 18th in the Washington area, facing their smallest deficit (39-34) since the opening two minutes of the second quarter.

"Our main point was to get the ball inside, and I came out in the second half and delivered," said Nwago, who had a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Doves went scoreless for the final 3: 31 of the third period and didn't score again until Rolanda Brown's basket with 3: 32 remaining pushed Western's lead to 45-38. The Doves then missed their last five field-goal attempts.

Powell scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the first half, which ended with Western ahead, 30-17, thanks to a 15-5 second-quarter run.

"I wanted to take her out of the game, because she couldn't lift her arm over her shoulder," Uhlich said. "And with Tyecia hurt, they started to go inside, and we weren't moving our feet."

Milford Mill 67, Wheaton 40: Sophomore Tamina Willkins scored a game-high 20 points, leading the Millers (5-3) to victory over the Knights. Milford Mill jumped to a 23-7 lead in the opening quarter and led at halftime, 36-19.

Senior guard Mandy Clark contributed 15 for the Millers.


Newport Prep 60, Dunbar 58, 2 OT: In the final game of the opening day at the Mayor's Academy, Angel Jordan's basket at the buzzer lifted the Tigers past the Poets (8-1) in double overtime. The Poets tied the game at 58-58 on Lakesha Wills' basket with 12 seconds left in the second overtime.

On Newport's next possession, Jamilah Corbitt missed a baseline jumper, but Jordan grabbed the rebound for an uncontested layup as time expired.

Wills led Dunbar with a game-high 27 points and Tiffany Jones added 13. Aisha Williams had 16 for Newport. Jordan and Siriena Moore each had 10.

The Tigers forced the first overtime on a layup by Moore with 33 seconds left.

Randallstown 72, Northern 47: Sophomore forward Aaron Hutchinson scored 15 points as the Rams (8-1) blitzed the Vikings (5-3) in another Mayor's tournament matchup.

Edmondson 58, Mervo 54, OT: Junior guard Danny Dixon scored all six overtime points for Edmondson, lifting the Redskins past Mervo in a Mayor's tournament matchup.

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