Area's top spot within grasp of River Hill's 20-0 girls

HOWARD NOTEBOOK

Young Hawks could reach No. 1 by beating Hebron

February 17, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A win by River Hill's girls basketball team tonight at Mount Hebron will give the Hawks their first county title and put them into position to be No. 1 in The Sun poll.

River Hill (20-0 overall, 16-0) is second-ranked behind St. Frances, which was upset Tuesday, 49-47, by No. 15 Roland Park.

The last county girls team ranked No. 1 was Hammond, which went 26-1 and won the 1993-94 Class B state title.

River Hill, a tech-magnet school in its fourth year, also is bidding to become the second county team in three years to go 18-0 in the league. Wilde Lake did so two winters ago, and Glenelg was 17-0 last season before losing to once-beaten Centennial in the regular-season finale.

The Hawks, who were 12-11 overall and 11-7 in the league last season, are coming off a 62-39 win over Hammond. Greeba Outen-Barlow had 23 points and Keiko Miller-Tate added 15, including a three-pointer.

"They played pretty well," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters.

Second guard Rashida Walcott missed the game because of a hip injury, but Waters expects her to play tonight.

No. 8 Mount Hebron (18-2, 14-2) looked sharp Tuesday in a 54-30 rout of No. 13 Glenelg.

"We played as well as we have all year," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson, whose team got 21 points from Tiffaney Randle and 14 from Erin Jaschik. "We were very focused."

River Hill handed Mount Hebron its first loss of the season, 57-37, Jan. 14. Miller-Tate scored her team's last 15 points of the second quarter, including two three-point baskets, and finished with 22 points to spark the victory.

Other than Randle and Lauren Kickham, both of whom had 14 points, Mount Hebron had a poor shooting night in the first meeting. And Mount Hebron point guard Julie Napolitano was in foul trouble most of the game.

Napolitano, however, will not play tonight. She's in Phoenix, Ariz., with her Maryland Olympic Development Program soccer team, which is competing over the weekend for a national title.

River Hill, which starts all underclassmen, ends the regular season Tuesday against visiting Howard.

Centennial's Ashley Evans has missed the last three games because of a broken thumb. The injury occurred in the first quarter of the Feb. 9 game against Glenelg, but Evans played the entire game. Her status is game-to-game.

Boys basketball

Oakland Mills (13-7 overall, 12-4 league) and Centennial (14-6, 12-4) are tied for first with two games remaining.

The Scorpions play at Hammond (11-8, 11-5) tonight, and Howard (6-13, 5-11) travels to Centennial. Hammond defeated Oakland Mills, 58-50, and Centennial topped the Lions, 76-73, in overtime, in earlier games.

On Tuesday, Oakland Mills plays host to Centennial in the teams' regular-season finale.

Basketball draw

The tournament draw for girls and boys basketball championships is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road in Montgomery County. Take Route 108 to New Hampshire Ave. Turn left. From New Hampshire, take a right onto Norwood Road. The school is a mile farther on the left.

For the first time since the open-playoff format began, the top four teams in each region will be seeded based on overall record, excluding holiday tournaments.

The draw should be on the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Web site -- www.mpssaa.org -- Sunday night.

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