Girls basketball state semifinals

March 07, 2002|By Katherine Dunn

At UMBC

Class 4A

No. 15 Chesapeake-AA (20-6) vs. Winston Churchill (22-3)

When: 3 p.m. today

Outlook: The Bulldogs of Montgomery County, winners of their past 16 games, return all five starters from last season's state finalist team, including leading scorer and junior G Alis Freeman (14.5 points) and sophomore F Morgan Hatten (13.6). Winston Churchill has allowed only four opponents to score more than 50 points. Chesapeake of Anne Arundel has scored more than 50 points in 19 games and boasts a starting five of juniors, including leading scorer G Courtney Gogolinski (14.2 points, 6.3 assists) and C Ginger Williams (11.4 points, 10.6 rebounds). Making its first appearance in a state semifinal, Chesapeake averages nearly four three-pointers a game.

No. 20 Woodlawn (21-3) vs. Oxon Hill (18-6)

When: 5 p.m. today

Outlook: In its first final four in 12 years, Woodlawn draws the team that shocked heavily favored Suitland in the regional final. The defending state champion, Suitland had won three of the past four 4A titles and had been ranked No. 3 in The Washington Post. Against the Clippers, the Warriors should match up well as both teams are athletic and look to run. Both have similar statistics -- Woodlawn averages 68 points and gives up 43.5 while the Clippers score 62 and allow 43 -- and balanced offenses. The Warriors have five players averaging in double figures, including F Nicole Dixon (17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds), PG Brittany Taylor (15.0 points, 9.0 steals) and senior G Melony Rhames (14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds). The Clippers, No. 15 in The Post, are led by senior G Charetta Oliver (11.0 points. 5.1 assists) and senior G Samantha Williams (9.5 points, 10.3 rebounds).

Class 3A

Milford Mill (20-5) vs. Westlake (21-2)

When: 9 p.m. today

Outlook: In a rematch of last year's semifinal, the Millers face a Wolverines team riding a 21-game winning streak. With a predominantly Southern Maryland schedule, the Charles County Wolverines have no opponents in common with Milford Mill. Last March, the Millers advanced to the title game for the fourth straight year by beating the Wolverines, 59-42, but both teams look different now. Both are more balanced. In a strong regional run, the Millers used pressure defense to generate most of their offense. The Millers are led by a pair of junior forwards -- Candyce Jeter (12.7 points) and Qiana Cheatham (9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds) -- and freshman PG Tammy Rogers (10.1 points, 3.3 assists, 4.6 steals). The Wolverines look to junior F Kaleigha Gray (13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds) and sophomore F Nicole Hester (13.8, 9.1) to drive an offense averaging 60 points.

Class 2A

No. 11 Hammond (20-6) vs. Aberdeen (20-4)

When: 3 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Unlike the rest of the opponents squaring off this week, these two have already met. Hammond won the season opener for both teams, 73-52, but a lot has changed since then. The Golden Bears, who won the last of their three state titles in 1995, had an up-and-down season in Howard County but finished strong with seven straight victories. The Eagles, making their state tournament debut, didn't have coach Brandi Barnes until the fifth game into the season, but they swept through Harford County unbeaten. The Bears boast Howard County's top scorer and the all-time leader at Hammond in senior F Melissa Workman (21.6 points, 9.4 rebounds) and Hammond's all-time assist leader in senior G Tara Zammichieli (18.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 12.1 assists). At Aberdeen, senior G Theresa Johnson is the top scorer (12.8) while senior G Shareice Galloway averages 12.1 points.

No. 8 Catonsville (21-5) vs. DuVal (19-5)

When: 5 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: In their first appearance in the semifinals since 1996, the Comets face a team with recent state tournament success. The Tigers, No. 20 in The Post, won the 3A state title in 1999 and 2000. The team statistics are similar -- Catonsville averages 61.6 points and allows 41.4 while the Tigers score 59.8 and give up 39 -- but the Tigers played a much tougher regular-season schedule in Prince George's County. Ifeoma Onuaku, a 6-foot-2 senior center, leads the Tigers with 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds while four other players also average in double figures. The Comets boast a multidimensional offense, have three players scoring in double figures -- senior G Ashley Liggett (12.6), junior F Carly Wasserbach (12.6) and senior G Andrea Denton (11.0), who hit a school-record seven three-pointers in a game earlier this season.

Class 1A

No. 4 Dunbar (24-1) vs. Bohemia Manor (21-0)

When: 9 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The only 2001 state champion in this year's tournament field, the Dunbar Poets debut in 1A after winning the past two 2A crowns. Although the Eagles of Cecil County boast the unbeaten record, they have played mostly Cecil and Harford County foes. The Baltimore City champion Poets, riding a 20-game winning streak, average 69.2 points while the Eagles score 55 points a game. The Eagles, however, have allowed just 32 points a game while the Poets give up 43.7. Although the Poets are led by senior G Toni Kennedy (18.1 points), they have a capable roster that includes junior PG Bianca Sullivan (9.4 points, 6.2 assists), 6-foot junior C Ciarra Jones (8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds) and sophomore F Jolunda Leake (8.4 points, 8.4 rebounds). Senior F Ashley Davis, who has more than 1,500 career points, leads the Eagles with 19 points and seven rebounds.

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