A welcome center at No. 4 Glenelg

6-foot senior Davidson gets medical clearance, could make return today


January 03, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec and Rick Belz | Jeff Zrebiec and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg 6-foot center Cheyenne Davidson was given medical clearance to return to practice earlier this week after breaking the pinkie on her right hand in two places during the Gladiators' 61-41 victory over Howard on Dec. 16. Coach Ciaran Lesikar said that if Davidson can deal with the pain, the senior will play against No. 14 Long Reach today.

Davidson, a returning All-County selection, missed three games and the Gladiators were 2-1 during that span. The loss - a 42-34 setback to Wilson High School in Virginia - was in Saturday's Lafayette Tournament final. Davidson's absence, along with foul trouble to Alli Biggs, hurt the Gladiators, who were overmatched inside.

Senior center Jess Burt, one of the first players off the bench on last year's squad, still has yet to play a game because of a stress fracture she sustained during cross country season.

"Them coming back would be a huge, huge help," said Lesikar, whose team is ranked fourth in The Sun and is 6-1. "Right now, we're playing without a center and we're tweaking what we're doing. But a lot of what we do as a team revolves around having a center in there."

Girls tournaments

The holiday tournament schedule brought some cheer for several county girls basketball teams, which celebrated by notching their first victories or winning tournament titles.

At its own tournament, Howard (1-8) got in the win column with a 48-32 consolation-game victory over Kennedy High School in Montgomery County. Tierra Cobbs had 27 points for the victors.

Playing in the Woodlawn Tournament, Oakland Mills (1-6) took some frustration out on Crossland of Prince George's County, earning a 47-26 decision. Paris Buckner, who scored 26 points in the Scorpions' tournament-opening 42-40 loss to South Carroll, hit for 19 points.

Hammond (1-4), also part of the Woodlawn Tournament field, needed two overtimes to capture a 60-57 victory over Northern-Calvert. Alisha Sanford and Chanel Paye each netted 16 points.

"It didn't come convincingly, but it still felt pretty good," said Bears coach Mona Reid. "Any time you get that first W under your belt, it feels good."

At that same tournament, Centennial (3-4) won the Woodlawn Division, grinding out a 29-25 win over Hereford. Senior Claire Anderson led a balanced attack with eight points.

Fifth-ranked Mount Hebron continued its winning ways, breezing to the title in its own tournament and improving to 7-0. Senior All-Metro selection Kristen Waagbo scored 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in a 48-28 victory over St. Paul's. She followed that up with a 24-point, 11-rebound effort in the championship victory over Chapelgate.

The Atholton girls basketball team didn't make the long trip home from its holiday tournament, the Enterprise Classic in High Point, N.C., with first-place trophies. However, that's not to say that the trip was a failure.

"This was a great experience for us," said Raiders' coach Maureen Shacreaw. "It was definitely a successful tournament."

The Raiders went 2-1 in the tournament, losing by 77-63 in triple overtime to Andrews High School (N.C.) after Shacreaw's bench was depleted by injury and foul trouble. The two wins improved the Raiders' record to 4-3 and already surpassed last year's win total of two.

Chelsey Barrett and Allie Scott were named to the All-Tournament team. Barrett scored 66 points in three games and Scott had 49 points and 35 rebounds in the tournament.

Boys tournaments

Long Reach, Atholton, River Hill and Centennial each won a holiday boys basketball tournament title last week.

The No. 12 and unbeaten Lightning (8-0) unleashed a high-powered offense that featured four players scoring in double figures in both games to capture the Lions Club Classic at High Point.

Led by Jared Bradford's 22 points and Mike Smelkinson's 18 points, the Lightning defeated Paint Branch in the opener, 86-73, and then downed High Point in the championship game, 82-67, led by a combined 32 points from Bradford and Smelkinson.

No. 20 Atholton (7-0) crushed Catoctin, 64-32, and Liberty, 73-40, to win the Catoctin Holiday Tournament. Micah Mbah scored 17 points in each game for the surprising Raiders, who won a total of just nine games during the last three seasons.

River Hill (6-2) slipped past Howard in the championship game of the Howard Holiday Tournament, 47-37. Howard, which had lost to River Hill earlier in the season, 81-45, led at halftime, 22-20.

Sophomore guard Aaron Bolds scored 14 points to lead the Hawks, who won the tournament opener over a tall Kent Island squad, 80-43. Point guard Richie Jackson played well in both games for River Hill.

Centennial (5-3) won the North Carroll Holiday Tournament for the ninth time in the last 12 years by defeating North Carroll in the championship game, 69-60, in overtime.

Before rallying, the Eagles trailed in the second quarter, 29-9. Centennial defeated Francis Scott Key in the tournament opener, 69-62.

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