Arundel tops Broadneck for 4A East title, 53-42

Urbana wins 2A West

Mount Hebron falls

Girls basketball roundup

March 04, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Three players posted double-digit scoring totals for the defending Class 4A state champion Arundel girls basketball team, helping the No. 2-ranked Wildcats power past Broadneck, 53-42, in the East regional final yesterday in Gambrills. For Arundel (25-1), senior guard Jill Marano registered 14 points, five rebounds, and four steals, while senior forward Najmah Fauntleroy recorded 10 points and 23 rebounds. Sophomore guard Amanda Hernandez scored 12 points.

Broadneck, which finished the season at 17-8, was led by senior guard Nikki Curtis' 11 points and eight rebounds and senior forward Nicole Barr's nine points and seven rebounds.

The opportunity for a shot at back-to-back state crowns for eight Arundel seniors clearly weighed on the minds of several players after last night's win.

"It feels good, especially since this is our senior year," Fauntleroy said. "We want to go out with a bang."

Wildcats coach Lee Rogers, whose team extended its winning streak to 23 games, said he would appreciate a return trip to the state semifinals as soon as it sunk in.

"It hasn't hit me yet," he said. "I'm sure it'll hit me when we start practicing for our next opponent."

2A West final

Urbana 54, Francis Scott Key 34: In a 10-10 tie after the first quarter, the host Hawks (18-7) outscored the Eagles (17-9) 21-4 in the second quarter and cruised to the regional title.

Urbana, which forced 15 turnovers alone in the first half, made seven of its first 10 shots during the decisive period, while Francis Scott Key shot 2-for-6. The Eagles rarely made an offensive rebound all night.

"Our problem all season was [a] lack of quickness, and that hurt us on the offensive boards today," Francis Scott Key coach Alice Rau said. "We didn't rotate the ball well, but forced it inside. Urbana collapsed inside, and our outside players were not in position to get the ball back, so we ended up turning it over or taking bad shots. We didn't shoot well in either half."

Key had a golden chance in the third period to get back into the game. The Eagles' press helped Urbana miss its first 10 shots the first five minutes of that period. But the Eagles shot 2-for-11 during that time and squandered the opportunity.

They pulled within 31-21, but Urbana went on an 11-0 run to finish off the Eagles.

2A South final

Fairmont Heights 58, No. 4 Mount Hebron 49: The visiting Hornets (16-8) of Prince George's County made 12 of their final 19 shots and forced the Vikings (22-3) into six consecutive turnovers to rally from nine points down in the fourth quarter and win the regional final.

Martina Wheeler led Fairmont Heights with 18 points, while sophomore point guard Mia Glover scored 11 of her 17 points in the final period. Erin Jaschih led Mount Hebron with a game-high 21.

1A South final

Glenelg 74, Smithsburg 50: The Gladiators (17-7) went on a 19-8 run in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit and defeat the visiting Leopards (19-6) for their third straight berth to the state tournament.

Glenelg, which last won the state title in 1999, used an aggressive defense and some untimely turnovers by the Leopards to take the lead for good with 3:11 left in the third quarter.

Christian schools

Chapelgate 59, Grace Brethern 32: Kristin Lynott scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Flames (25-5) over the Eagles in the Maryland Christian Schools state tournament final at Washington Bible College.

Lynott, who scored 48 points for the tournament, earned tournament MVP honors.

Victory Christian 48, Carroll Christian 45: In Williamstown, N.J., the host Warriors (21-4) put together a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to down the Patriots (16-7) and win the Mid-East Regional American Association Christian Schools Tournament for a fourth consecutive year.

Baltimore Catholic League

Because of the impending snowstorm, the boys tournament final between Towson Catholic (27-6) and St. Maria Goretti (23-9) will be played at 3 p.m. today at Goucher College, BCL commissioner Jack Degele said.

The JV championship will be played at 1 p.m.

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