Glen Burnie girls basketball back to form

Greer returns to court

Regan could be next


High Schools

January 09, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If Glen Burnie girls basketball coach Dan Mangum is supposed to be depressed, he's not showing it.

Despite losing nine of their first 10 games this season, the Gophers welcomed back a standout player last week and could open their arms to another next week.

All-County junior guard Essence Greer returned to the lineup after missing a five-game stretch due to a minor shoulder injury and the flu. In her first game back with Glen Burnie, Greer registered 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals to power the Gophers to a 74-58 victory over Northeast last Wednesday -- Glen Burnie's first win of the year.

When asked to describe the significance of Greer's return, Mangum said, "If somebody would take 20 points and 10 rebounds out of their lineup, they would find out.

"She's a leader and she brings great athleticism back to our lineup," he said. "The kids feed off of her."

Although Greer's 16 points couldn't help the Gophers avoid a 44-37 loss to Southern of Harwood last Friday, Glen Burnie could get another boost with the likely return of sophomore center Kim Regan, who has been dealing with some personal matters.

Mangum, who said Regan could play for the Gophers as early as Jan. 16 when reigning Class 4A state champ Arundel visits, said the team has struggled with the label as the best county contender to Arundel's throne.

"Maybe we expected too much, and maybe everybody else expected too much," Mangum said. "We're still progressing, and I think that we'll be a solid team by the end of the year."

Fauntleroy rebounds

Considering the play of the second-ranked Arundel girls basketball team, let's hope that the school's records were written in pencil.

A week after senior guard Jill Marano broke two marks, senior forward Najmah Fauntleroy rewrote another record last week.

Fauntleroy, a Street & Smith's honorable-mention preseason All-American, shattered the program's career rebound mark of 903 held previously by Chavonne Hammond.

Fauntleroy pulled down 14 rebounds in a 77-40 win against Southern last Wednesday and grabbed 14 more in a 66-35 victory over Annapolis to establish a new - and growing - record of 923 for her career.

Fauntleroy, who remembers recording 13 rebounds in her first varsity game as a freshman, said hitting the glass wasn't that important to her during her days in recreational basketball.

"Rebounds were never a big thing until I got to high school," said Fauntleroy, who is averaging 12.4 rebounds and 13.9 points a game. "Just to know that I'm going to be in the school records, it's special."

Marano made her marks in a 72-60 win against Damascus in the championship final of the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Anne Arundel Community College on Dec. 28. Marano, who is averaging 16.7 points and 6.4 assists a game, broke the old school record for career assists of 356, and scored her 1,000th point in the fourth quarter.

On the mat

Fifteen wrestling programs from seven counties will participate in the South River Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

Junior 130-pounder Clayton Arnold, who already has beaten state champ Michael Weber of Sparrows Point and state runner-up Bryan Radik of Atholton, powers ninth-ranked Owings Mills, which returns as the tournament's defending champion.

The Eagles could face a serious challenge from Oxon Hill of Prince George's County, which features senior Adrian Belcarris, a state champ at 171 pounds last season; Annapolis Area Christian, which boasts senior Luke Palumbo, who was third at National Preps at 119 pounds last year; and Calvert, which boasts junior Max Buff, who was a regional champ at 119 pounds last season.

Other teams scheduled to compete are Chopticon, Duval, Friendly, Great Mills, Landon, Northwestern, Richard Montgomery, South River, Southern of Harwood, Thomas Stone and Wilde Lake.

Friday's matches begin at 4 p.m., and Saturday's bouts start at 10 a.m. The championship finals are expected to begin at 7 p.m.

Tying up loose ends

Referees can be a tough crowd as Lindsey Roche discovered last week.

In a 49-39 upset of then-No. 12 North County last Wednesday, Roche, a senior guard for South River, dribbled the ball across the half-court line in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.

Upon seeing a shoelace untied on her right sneaker, Roche tried to get the attention of an official standing nearby. But the referee watched with a blank expression on his face as Roche waved her right foot at the official while dribbling the ball with her left hand.

Figuring that she was on her own, Roche turned her attention back to the game, racing past her defender and dropping in a layup.

"I was trying to get him to call a timeout," Roche said afterward. "I guess he didn't see me, so I took it to the basket."

The scene drew laughs from Roche's teammates on the floor and on the bench.

Recalled senior forward Alexandra Sullivan: "I thought, `What is she doing?' It was pretty funny."

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