Chapelgate's Landis breaks 1,000-point barrier

Junior joins Starsoneck as only players to hit mark

Notebook

January 28, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Heather Landis navigated a sea of emotions last night.

While her Chapelgate girls basketball team suffered its first loss in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's B Conference in a 62-60 overtime setback to Pallotti, Landis became only the second Yellow Jacket in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

She scored 25 points, joining 2000 graduate Laura Starsoneck (1,252 career points) as the only two players to achieve that level.

"It would've been nice to win," Landis said. "It was a little distracting during my free throws. I wanted to stay focused on the game."

Landis reached the benchmark when she converted two free throws in the third quarter. At that point, Chapelgate called a timeout, presented Landis with a basketball signed by the players and coaching staff and flowers, and posed for a photo.

"We were playing away [at Pallotti], so we didn't want to disrupt Pallotti's rhythm," said Yellow Jackets coach Jim Barber, who estimated the proceedings took less than 90 seconds. "Maybe we should have."

In overtime, the Panthers scored seven of their nine points from the free-throw line to nip Chapelgate.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fell to 9-1 in the conference and 12-3 overall.

Landis afterward criticized herself for missing four free throws, telling Barber that she needed to go out and shoot 100 free throws.

"That's disappointing," Landis said of her effort from the free-throw line. "I need to work on those."

Landis, who is already the program's all-time leader in assists with 414, is just 228 points from eclipsing Starsoneck's mark as the school's leading scorer.

But the junior said that goal is not a priority.

"I'm just trying to stay focused on winning," she said. "If that happens, that's cool. But I just want to win."

Biggs nears 1,000

Glenelg senior forward Alli Biggs is approaching the 1,000-point mark, too.

The four-year varsity starter has 968 points and could become the sixth Gladiator to surpass the barrier.

"She came in as a freshman, and right away, she contributed," said coach Ciaran Lesikar. "She's been consistent for four years."

Lauren Martin (with a Howard County-leading 1,476 points), Sylke Knuppel (1,066), Michelle James (1,039), Mary Ellen James (1,010) and Lisa Pope (1,005) already have their names in Glenelg's record book.

Grigoriev cuts back

Two-for-four may be good for some, but Lindsay Grigoriev of Atholton has loftier expectations.

The senior track and field standout has opted not to compete in the 300-meter race or the high jump at the Ivan Walker County Indoor Track and Field championships tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Grigoriev, The Sun's All-Metro Performer of the Year in outdoor track and field last spring, is still mending a strained Achilles' tendon and plantar fasciitis in her right foot, but plans to take part in the 55 hurdles and the shot put.

"I hate it," Grigoriev said of not participating in a full slate of events. "I'm so used to competing in four events and doing well in all four. But there's nothing I can do."

While she's entered the shot put in all but one meet this season, Grigoriev -- who is the reigning county champ in the shot put and high jump -- has not competed in the hurdles for more than a month.

"I'm probably not even going to run my hardest," she said. "I'll make it into the finals, for sure. Winning it is another matter."

Besides Grigoriev, Hammond senior Shade Smith and Mount Hebron senior Jeanette Curtis return to defend their crowns in the 55-meter dash and the 55 hurdles, respectively.

No. 10 Glenelg will try to add a second county championship to the one it captured last year for the first time since 1996.

On the boys side, Oakland Mills is aiming for its fourth consecutive county title.

Hammond senior Sean Stewart is the only returning individual champion as he won the shot put last season.

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