Arundel, Glen Burnie, both 10-1, play tomorrow

Gambrills game pits speed vs. experience

teams unbeaten in county


January 20, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Arundel has a healthy Jill Marano, the inside presence of Najmah Fauntleroy, and an experienced supporting girls basketball cast.

Glen Burnie counters with youth, speed that triggers relentless defense and a standout of its own, sophomore guard Essence Greer.

The teams will meet in Gambrills at 5: 15 tomorrow with identical records -- 10-1 overall, 6-0 in county play.

Fourth-ranked Arundel -- state champions in 1996 and finalists in 1995 and 1998 -- has been there. No. 18 Glen Burnie, fresh off a 49-37 win over Meade on Friday, wants to get there.

"Beating Meade last Friday gave us a lot of confidence," said Glen Burnie coach Vicki Plitt. "We knew all season we have a talented team, and we've been improving with every game.

"We were 9-1 going into the Meade game, and people were saying our record was good but [that] we haven't played anyone yet. So beating Meade was huge for us -- to get that out of the way."

That effort against the Mustangs was a microcosm of how Glen Burnie has been winning all season.

Greer, averaging 13.7 points and eight rebounds a game, led teammates with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Jen Dewitt added 11 points, five assists and four steals; junior guard Shanique Skinner had eight steals, four rebounds and three assists; sophomore forward Alicia Carr hit for 12 points; and the Gophers' defense limited a capable Meade offense to 37 points.

"Our team speed is the key for us, and defense has been winning games for us," said Plitt. "We're a little quicker than [Arundel], but they are more experienced. The key will be how our young team can match up against their experience."

Marano, a first-team All-County guard who missed five games with a sore ankle, appears to be back at full strength following a 19-point, six-steal, four-assist effort in the Wildcats' 65-43 win over Old Mill on Friday. It was the junior's third game back.

Fauntleroy (16.9 ppg., 14.2 rpg.) has been a mainstay. Add seniors Keyana Washington, Chanell Sutton and Tracy Pucci, along with a deep bench, and the Wildcats can be difficult to stay with.

Seger impresses on mat

Severna Park 189-pound wrestler Dan Seger made quite an impression at the highly-touted Hammond Tournament over the weekend.

The senior went 3-1 to run his record to 15-2 on the season, but his overtime pin against Kent County's Joey Kirwan set everyone talking.

With the bout tied at 4 going into the extra time, Seger decked the previously undefeated Kirwan from a neutral position to score the fall at the 7: 00 mark.

Kirwan came into the bout 17-0 with 14 pins.

Pandullo makes mark

Meade grad Matt Pandullo is enjoying a fine freshman season on the mat at the University of Maryland.

Pandullo, who earned first-team All-Metro status last winter after becoming the second state champion in Meade history, is 12-6 at College Park with a 2-1 mark in dual meets.

The Terps, who defeated North Carolina, 21-19, for the first time since 1993, are 2-1 on the season.

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