Girls showdown is offense vs. defense

High-scoring River Hill meets stingy Mt. Hebron


January 12, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

These are the pertinent numbers you need to know when River Hill's top-ranked girls basketball team plays at 7 tonight at fourth-ranked Mount Hebron: 61 and 30.

The Hawks (10-1 overall, 7-0 league) have the best offense - led by last season's Player of the Year Greeba Outen Barlow - and the deepest bench in the county. They average 61 points.

The Vikings (11-0, 7-0) are the Baltimore Ravens in sneakers. Their offense is good - Erin Jaschik and Kristen Waagbo each average 15 points - but their tenacious man-to-man defense wins games. Opponents average just 30 points against them. "I'm looking forward to it," said Jaschik, a 6-foot senior center. "We're the only two undefeated teams and a lot is riding on it. I'm just glad we're playing at home. That's a big advantage I think."

A year ago, both teams had similar records (11-0, 7-0) when they met for the first time at River Hill. The Hawks won, 57-37, behind Keiko Miller-Tate's 22 points. In the second meeting at Mount Hebron, the Vikings held Miller-Tate to eight and Outen Barlow to six before losing, 38-35.

Outen Barlow, who is 19 points away from her 1,000th career point, has been sick since last Friday and missed the first three days of school this week. She returned yesterday and practiced with the team, and expects to play tonight.

Miller-Tate had 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals in the Hawks' 56-44 win over Hammond on Wednesday. Megan Buescher had a season-high 16 points.

"My kids have to put on their game face and come ready to play," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters, whose team almost always plays to the level of its competition.

Atholton, which won one league game last year, none the year before that and two in the 1997-98 season, notched its second league victory Wednesday with a 57-51 win over Howard. The Raiders (4-5, 2-5) play tonight at Long Reach (4-7, 1-6).

Freshman guard Julia Reynold made 10 of 17 free throws, including five of eight in the final period, and led a balanced attack with 14 points. Another freshman, Lisa Daciek, had 12.

"It was a good win for us," said Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw.

Williams earns award

Glenelg athletic director and girls soccer coach Mike Williams has been named the Section II coach of the year by the National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association. Williams has coached Glenelg to two consecutive state titles and three in the last four years.

"This is a reflection of a lot of work by a lot of people," said Williams.

Section II includes coaches from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Indoor track

Oakland Mills missed Wednesday's second county indoor track meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex because the bus never showed up.

Last spring, the Scorpions missed the Class 1A South Region meet because buses were ordered on the wrong day.

That was not the problem Wednesday.

Four buses - one for the math team, one for the basketball team and two for the indoor track team - were ordered. Only one bus showed up, and that was used for the basketball team.

So that Oakland Mills doesn't lose the opportunity to use the facility in order to earn qualifying times for the county meet, the Scorpions will participate for a second time in Wednesday's Anne Arundel County/Howard County challenge meet.

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