Girls basketball state semifinals

March 08, 2001|By Katherine Dunn, Edward Lee and Stan Rappaport

(All games at UMBC's Retriever Activities Center)

Class 4A

No. 7 Western (18-3) vs. Suitland (20-0)

When: 3 p.m. today

Outlook: In their fifth straight appearance in the final four, the Baltimore City champion Doves face an old nemesis in the Prince George's County champs. In their only two trips to the tournament, the Rams have beaten the Doves, including the 1999 title game. The Rams' strengths are depth and a defense that boasts a starting lineup averaging 20 steals a game. They get 20 points a game off the bench and, led offensively by 5-8 G Monique Lewis (9 points) and 5-7 F DeVenna Brown (8 points, 5 assists), have no one averaging in double figures. The Doves, who average four more points a game than the Rams but allow 10 more, rely heavily on their seniors, 5-10 F Lillian Drumgold (17 points, 10 rebounds) and 5-4 PG Rolonda Brown (10 points, 4 assists).

No. 1 Arundel (25-1) vs. Winston Churchill (25-0)

When: 5 p.m. today

Outlook: The Bulldogs of Montgomery County are one of two unbeaten teams in the state playoffs (Suitland is the other). Winston Churchill, the West Region champ, boasts four starters with double-digit scoring averages, including leading scorer sophomore G Alis Freeman (12.8). The Bulldogs have been outscoring opponents by more than 21 points a game. The Wildcats, winners of five East Region titles in the past seven seasons, are the reigning state champs. Paced by G Jill Marano (15.8 points), G Catherine Gonzalez (11.5) and F Najmah Fauntleroy (15.3), Arundel has outscored its opposition by nearly 25 points a game and owns a 23-game winning streak. No member of the team's starting five has a free-throw percentage under 60 percent.

Class 3A

No. 8 Milford Mill (19-4) vs. Westlake (19-6)

When: 7 p.m. today

Outlook: The Millers come into their fourth straight state tournament riding a 14-game winning streak. The Wolverines, newcomers to the tournament from Charles County, have played no opponents in common with the Millers, although Westlake lost to No. 1 Arundel (72-58) and No. 11 Dunbar (72-40) in a holiday tournament. Each teams relies on a veteran leader - Milford's 5-8 junior PG Timmena Wilkins (17 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) and Westlake's Wake Forest-bound 5-9 G Meredith Bell (20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists). What appears to give the Millers an edge, however, is the rest of their versatile lineup - 5-10 F Tamika Rogers (7.9 points, 12 rebounds), 5-8 G Qiana Cheatham (9.8 points, 5 rebounds), 5-8 G Shari Burgess (8.8 points, 5 rebounds) and 5-8 G Candyce Jeter (9 points, 5 rebounds).

Class 2A

No. 11 Dunbar (21-4) vs. Fairmont Heights (16-8)

When: 3 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The defending state champs face a Prince George's County foe that pulled a stunning, come-from-behind 59-49 victory over No. 4 Mount Hebron in the region final. Although the Hornets score 20 fewer points and allow 15 more a game than the Poets, they play in a much tougher league. They offer comparable height matchups for the Poets, which should allow versatile 5-6 junior PG Tiffany Jones (11.9 points) to work the Poets' emerging inside game along with an outside attack led by three-point ace, 5-6 junior G Toni Kennedy (14.6 points). The Hornets get almost all their scoring from four players - 5-10 F Brook Blain (12 points, 11 rebounds), 5-4 G Mia Glover (14 points), 5-8 F Martina Wheeler (11 points, 12 rebounds) and 5-6 G Alisha Battle.

Class 1A

No. 6 Glenelg (17-7) vs. Bohemia Manor (19-4)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Bohemia Manor was losing 24-9 in the second quarter before rallying for a 50-36 win over Perryville in the North Region final, earning the Eagles their first state tournament appearance. They are led by 5-8 F Ashley Davis (19 points, 9 rebounds), 5-10 C Lisa Lee (12 points, 8 rebounds) and 5-8 PG Lissy Dean (5 points, 4 assists). Coach Larry Garber said his team's strengths are defense and intelligence. Glenelg, which won the title two years ago and was runner-up last season, is led by 5-8 G Heather Young (11.2 points, 4.9 rebounds), 6-0 F Alli Biggs (10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds) and 5-8 G Chrissy Starcher (8.5 points), who had four three-point baskets in the South Region final against Smithsburg.

Girls playoffs

(At UMBC's Retriever Activities Center)

State semifinals


Class 4A

Western vs. Suitland, 3

Arundel vs. Churchill, 5

Class 3A

Milford Mill vs. Westlake, 7

Bladensburg vs. Paint Branch, 9


Class 2A

Dunbar vs. Fairmont Heights, 3 Stephen Decatur vs. Urbana, 5

Class 1A

Bohemia Manor vs. Glenelg, 7 N. Dorchester vs. Southern-G, 9

State finals


Class 2A, 1 p.m.

Class 4A, 3 p.m.

Class 1A, 6 p.m.

Class 3A, 8 p.m.

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