Perseverance pays for Atholton

Boys basketball team deals Long Reach 1st league loss

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High schools

January 17, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Stan Rappaport | Kevin Van Valkenburg and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Atholton boys basketball coach Jim Albert had been telling his players that despite their tough start - they were 1-5 in the league - he thought they could beat anyone.

"You can always tell the kids that they're capable of getting a big win, but until it happens, they don't really believe," Albert said.

It's probably fair to say they believe now.

Atholton (2-5, 4-7) pulled off the early league surprise of the season Friday, knocking off No. 20 Long Reach, 58-53. Coming into the game, the Lightning (7-1, 10-2) had blown through the first part of the league schedule with relative ease, including 20-point wins over Centennial and Howard.

"On Long Reach's behalf, I know it's tough to get up for a team that doesn't have a lot of wins," Albert said. "But, as they say, that's why they play the games."

The Raiders, always one of the county's best defensive teams, held Lightning forward Josh Gross to 15 points, none in the fourth quarter. Atholton got 21 points from junior guard Phil Krug and 16 points and 12 rebounds from senior forward C.J. Williams.

Girls basketball

Wilde Lake, which had lost five straight by an average of 20 points, pulled off a big surprise with a 41-38 victory last Friday against visiting Glenelg.

"It's an important win for us because they'll see what can happen when they play as a team," said Wilde Lake first-year coach Stacy Jett. "If we continue to play like that we can be competitive."

Jett said the Wildecats' defense, sparked by Kelly Thomas and Staci Henderson, was the difference. Offensively, Wilde Lake (3-7 overall, 2-6 league) received balanced scoring. Grazia Silvestro had 11 points, followed by Desaire Board (nine) Thomas and Henderson (both eight) and Nicole West (five).

Tenth-ranked Glenelg (7-4, 5-3) was led by Chrissy Starcher's 14 points.

Centennial missed four free throws in the final minute but survived for a 38-36 victory Saturday over Parkdale in the weather-delayed championship game of the Patuxent Tournament.

Late in the game, Parkdale missed two shots to tie, then missed the front end of one-and-one free throws.

Ashley Hall, a 6-foot-1 junior, led the Eagles (8-4, 5-3) with 13 points.

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