River Hill's Waters is not dwelling on milestone wins

Girls coach makes light of coming 250th victory

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February 07, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

River Hill girls basketball coach Teresa Waters isn't one to sit back and reminisce.

That's why she expressed shock when informed she is one victory away from her 250th career win as a head coach.

"I don't look back too much," Waters said before she threw in a joke. "I'm getting older, and I have my senior moments."

But seriously, Waters has experienced the highs and lows that usually accompany a 21-year career as a head coach.

There were 1-21 and 4-18 seasons at Oakland Mills. But there was also the 1997-98 season when Oakland Mills went 18-9 and captured the Class 1A state championship.

A year later, Waters assumed the head position with the Hawks. Since the 1998-99 season, River Hill has collected 90 victories against just 24 losses and won back-to-back county titles in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

"I don't think about wins and losses," Waters said. "Every day is crucial. I don't try to look back. I just try to look forward.

The current Hawks squad is ranked No. 2 in the Baltimore area and owns a 15-2 overall record and a 13-0 county mark. Senior guard Laura Hostetler said much of the team's success can be traced back to Waters.

"She knows the game," Hostetler said. "She helps us out on and off the court. We're lucky that we get to play for her."

Interestingly, Waters' first chance at No. 250 will take place tonight at 7 against Oakland Mills, which has struggled on the way to a 3-12 overall record and a 2-9 county mark.

Waters said she will have mixed feelings about the achievement.

"It'll be kind of nice, I guess," she said. "But that's my old home school. I still have a soft heart for Oakland Mills."

River Hill will try to write some history for Waters without junior guard Ashley Thomas, who hasn't played since she popped out her left shoulder in a game on Jan. 17.

Thomas could return today, but Waters said it may take two to three weeks for her to regain her conditioning.

"Sitting for three weeks, it hurts," Waters said. "Maybe we'll have her back for [No. 3] Glenelg and [No. 4] Mount Hebron [in the final two games of the regular season]. Maybe. I don't know."

`I wanted to play'

The saying, "You can't keep a good man down" also applies to Carly Silver.

The senior point guard for the Pallotti girls basketball team is a major contributor for the Panthers despite playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Silver tore the ligament going for a steal during the first quarter of a game on Nov. 30. Doctors gave her two options: undergo surgery immediately or endure six hours of intense, daily rehabilitation and postpone surgery until after the season.

"It's my senior year," said Silver, who chose the latter. "I wanted to play. Surgery would've sidelined me for the whole season. ... I wanted to be out there."

She returned to the team on Jan. 8 and, since then, Pallotti (11-7 overall and 10-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference) has won nine consecutive games.

During that stretch, Silver has averaged 16.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 steals despite playing with a bulky, $1,000 knee brace that restricts her movement.

"With the brace, I can't forget about [the injury]," she said. "If I have a fast break, I slow down a lot. I play a lot more nervously."

Silver, who already is the program's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,200 points in her career, is being recruited by Shippensburg, Mary Washington and Frostburg, said Panthers coach Debbie Skelly.

"When Carly's in the game, the whole team is relaxed," Skelly said. "They look to her for motivation."

In the same grain, Chapelgate -- which also plays in the IAAM B Conference -- will attempt to defend its league championship without senior center Abby Hill.

Hill, who led the Yellow Jackets (12-6, 9-4) in rebounding with more than nine a game, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the second quarter of a nine-point loss to St. Paul's Monday.

"This is definitely not the way I imagined finishing my high school career," Hill said. "It'll be tough to sit on the bench, but I'll find other ways to contribute."

Chapelgate coach Jim Barber said he is hopeful senior Liz Isaac -- who missed the first 10 games with a torn rotator cuff -- can fill the void in the lane.

1,000-point club

Glenelg senior forward Alli Biggs scored her 1,000th point during a 73-29 victory over visiting Howard Wednesday.

Biggs reached the landmark when she hauled in an offensive rebound and converted a put-back early in the fourth quarter. After a brief stoppage that included the presentation of a commemorative basketball, flowers and a stuffed animal, the game resumed without Biggs, who was pulled by Gladiators coach Ciaran Lesikar.

"The kids were passing up layups for her," Lesikar said. "They really wanted her to get it at home."

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