Wright, N. Harford meet tonight in battle of Harford unbeatens

11-0 Mustangs lack height but are strong in transition


High School

January 21, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

C. Milton Wright's girls basketball team faces the greatest threat yet to its unblemished record at 6: 45 tonight, playing host to defending Harford County champ North Harford.

Both teams are unbeaten in county competition, but the Mustangs improved to 11-0, the best record in the county, with Tuesday's 55-44 victory over Bel Air. Wright is seeking its first county championship since the 1995-96 Mustangs went 22-0 and reached the state semifinals.

On Tuesday night, the Mustangs emerged from a 14-4 first-quarter deficit with a 21-4 spurt that put them ahead 25-18 by halftime.

Coach John Harvey's team is getting it done despite a height disadvantage. One player, sometime-starter Erin Perdue, a sophomore, is 5-11. Everyone else is 5-7 or shorter.

"We're not a big team. We're a transition team," said Harvey. "Our shooting percentage is high, because we get a lot of transition layups."

The Mustangs are shooting 42 percent from the field and average 18.2 steals, led by Page Heath's 4.9 a game.

Heath, who averages 9.9 points, scored 19 in beating Bel Air. Bernadette Colvin (12.2 average) added 15, and Lauren Cramer had 10, plus nine rebounds.

The Mustangs received a boost this season from transfer Andrea Stephenson, who came from rival Fallston. A 5-7 guard, Stephenson leads the team in points (13.1) and rebounds (6.2) and also contributes 4.1 assists a game.

Stevenson scored just five points against Bel Air but also had 11 rebounds, six blocks, four steals and three assists.

Big games, big arenas

The Institute of Notre Dame's basketball team has rescheduled its game with Notre Dame Prep for 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at Baltimore Arena. The battle of Notre Dames will tip off before the BayRunners' game against St. Louis.

This rivalry still takes a back seat to "The Game," the annual contest between the Indians and Mercy. This year's game -- at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Towson Center -- will be the 34th between the two.

The IND-Mercy game, which regularly draws about 3,500 fans, began as a preliminary to a Bullets game at what is now Baltimore Arena. Mercy leads the series, 22-11.

Balance at Edgewood

Edgewood's boys basketball team has seven players scoring in double figures, including guards Jonathan Booker and Jermaine Hancock, each of whom is averaging 14.5 points.

The Rams are 8-4, including 6-0 in the Harford County League, and have won six straight games heading into tonight's conference battle at Joppatowne.

In a win over Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt, Hancock hit eight of 10 three-point attempts. He is averaging nearly five assists a game.

Lansdowne's Sims at 16-1

Lansdowne sophomore wrestler Shawn Sims (103), ranked fifth statewide at 103 pounds, is 16-1 with seven pins. He won the Annapolis Tournament with a 16-3 victory over Mount St. Joseph's Tim Bohlman and took third at the Damascus Tournament with an 8-5 decision over Oakland Mills' David Nakagama.

Sims, who will lead the Vikings into this weekend's South Hagerstown Tournament, suffered his only loss by decision to Caeser Rodney's Chris Parker, who was third in Delaware's state tournament last winter.

Eagles get 3 champs

Dave Janconsky (103 pounds), Clayton Arnold (119) and Neil Saval (130) won titles, and Scott Silverstein (125) and Jason Summerlin (171) were second as Owings Mills edged host South River, 180-173, last weekend in the 16-team Seahawks Invitational.

Adam Metzger (140) and Kevin Garmzaban (152) were fourth for the eighth-ranked Eagles.

Arnold, a county and region runner-up who was fourth at states last winter, improved to 17-0 with 10 pins. The sophomore carries a 3.3 grade average.

Et cetera

The swimming showdown between Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland unbeatens Notre Dame Prep and McDonogh has been rescheduled for 3: 45 p.m. today. The meet, snowed out yesterday, is at McDonogh.

The inaugural Baltimore City vs. Baltimore County all-star basketball games will be played March 17 at CCBC-Essex. The event, slated to take place one week after the March 9-11 state basketball finals for boys and girls, will feature a girls game beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a boys game at 8.

River Hill senior soccer player Natalie Klisas, The Sun's Howard County co-Player of the Year and an All-Metro pick, has orally committed to a scholarship offer from Towson University.

Klisas, a sweeper in high school, helped the third-ranked Hawks (18-1) to the Class 3A state championship.

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