Har. Christian faces showdown

Eagles girls will try to avenge conference loss

High Schools


January 25, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Harford Christian's girls basketball team faces its biggest regular-season game of the season tomorrow night as the Eagles try to avenge their only conference loss at Carroll Christian School in Westminster at 6:30 p.m.

The Eagles (11-6, 5-1) are defending champions in the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference, but they lost to the Patriots, 63-54, on Jan. 12. Becky Wike, a 5-11 All-Carroll County center who transferred from North Carroll, scored 35 points that night for the Patriots (9-4, 5-0).

Not without their own high scorers, the Eagles got 45 points from two players - 23 from Kim Grant and 22 from Rose Beale. But that wasn't quite enough.

"We need to spread the scoring out this time," said Eagles coach Brian Akers, who also got seven points from Heather Schafer and two from Sam Young.

The two teams have battled it out in the last few years with Carroll finishing second to the Eagles last season in both the PCAC and in the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic Conference tournament.

The Eagles, who have had just one losing season since 1988, have won the MACSAC tournament three straight times and have seven titles since 1990. They also finished second last season in the Maryland Christian Schools State Championships and third in Division II at the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament in Dayton, Tenn.

Beale and Grant both went over 1,000 career points this season. Beale, a 6-0 forward, averages 23.4 points and 9.5 rebounds while Grant, a 5-9 forward, chips in 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. Junior guard Kim Karschner contributes 5.9 points per game.

Akers, however, said the key to the team's success has been the emergence of Schafer at the point. The 5-6 senior moved out from small forward and is averaging 2.5 assists, 3.7 steals and 4.9 points.

The Eagles, whose entire bench is made up of freshmen, seem to have the right chemistry in their starting lineup.

"We have two proven leaders in Rose and Kim [Grant] who work extremely hard to be as good as they are and the rest of the team complements them," said Akers, in his eighth season at the Darlington school.

Headed for 1,000 twice

Western Tech's Jacqueline Pundt grabbed her career 1,000th rebound earlier this month. Since then, she has run her total to 1,051.

Despite struggling all season with a torn meniscus in her right knee, the 6-0 senior forward is already the leading rebounder and the leading scorer in Wolverines girls basketball history. She averages 17 points per game and 16.5 rebounds this season.

Pundt should reach the 1,000-point milestone within the next two weeks. Her scoring total now stands at 970.

IND Hall of Famers

Kristan Erhman and Shannon Skopp, both 1995 graduates, have been selected for induction into the 2000 class of the Institute of Notre Dame's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Erhman was a three-time All-Metro selection in softball. The Baltimore City/County and Catholic League Player of the Year as a senior, she led IND to two Catholic League titles. She still holds school records for batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and RBIs.

Skopp, a four-year starter in three sports, was a four-time All-Catholic League soccer player. She led the Indians' basketball team in scoring as a senior and played on two Catholic League champion softball teams.

Quick hits

Two-time All-Metro defensive end Jason Murphy of Edmondson received a visit from Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer yesterday and Penn State coach Joe Paterno the previous Wednesday. Both coaches are trying to secure commitments from the highly-recruited Murphy, who plans to sign during the early-signing period for football players next month. ... St. Paul's Tyler Tracy has orally committed to Towson University to play lacrosse. ... Longtime Eastern Tech wrestling coach Joe Gast was chosen sectional Coach of The Year by the National Federation Coaches' Association.

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