12 area teams earn tourney top seeds

No. 2 River Hill girls face tough test in Class 3A East

High Schools

February 21, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Four of the area's top 10 girls basketball teams received top seeds and opening-round byes in yesterday's state tournament draw at Blake High School in Montgomery County.

No. 2 River Hill, No. 3 Dunbar, No. 9 Western and No. 10 Milford Mill as well as unranked C. Milton Wright earned top spots in their regions based on their regular-season records.

The top four teams in each region were seeded by winning percentage. The rest were selected by lottery.

Seeding teams is an experiment being used only for the basketball tournament and will be reviewed by state tournament officials to see whether it should be applied to all sports.

River Hill (21-0), which will take over the No. 1 spot in The Sun poll tomorrow, is top seeded in the tough Class 3A East region. Defending champ DuVal is second.

Hawks coach Teresa Waters knows her team faces a challenge in a region with five Prince George's County teams, including DuVal.

"It's not easy, by any means," said Waters, whose team was in Class 2A last year. "Prince George's County schools are really good in the sport of basketball. I look at my bracket, and believe me, I'm concerned."

Waters hopes that earning the top seed will help the Hawks play at home should they meet DuVal for the regional championship. If both teams reach the final and have played the same number of tournament home games, the Hawks would be home. Otherwise, the team with the fewest home games would play at home.

"I like being seeded No. 1," said Waters. "I feel your record should carry some weight."

In Class 2A North, Dunbar (19-1) earned the top spot in a region that also includes No. 17 Catonsville (18-5) in the other half of the bracket. The Poets were in the East region last year, where they lost the final on the road to eventual state champ Parkside.

Western (16-5), last year's Class 4A runner-up to Suitland, is on top in Class 4A North. The Doves are seeking a third straight regional title.

Milford Mill (16-4) is also going after a third consecutive regional crown, after falling to DuVal in last year's Class 2A title game. The Millers have the top spot in Class 2A North, where they could face a semifinal showdown with Fallston, a team that gave them fits last year in a 66-60 regional final.

In Class 4A East, where C. Milton Wright (17-1) drew the top spot, four Anne Arundel County teams will be waiting for the Mustangs.

Sixth-ranked Arundel (18-2) is seeded second and may face No. 14 Glen Burnie (17-3) in the semifinal. In the other half of the bracket are the Mustangs, No. 7 Severna Park (16-4) and defending regional champ Meade.

The area's only 1998-99 state champ, No. 13 Glenelg, is seeded second in Class 1A South.

As for the other teams in The Sun's Top 20: No. 8 Mount Hebron (18-3) is seeded second in Class 2A South, No. 18 Randallstown (14-4) is third in Class 3A North and No. 19 North Carroll (18-4) is third in Class 3A West.

First-round games are supposed to be played Friday with quarterfinals on Feb. 29, but there may be some exceptions.

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