Wilde Lake boys turn history on its head with Cap City title

Long Reach girls catch coach looking ahead aloud


January 06, 2004|By Rick Belz and Edward Lee | Rick Belz and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake produced one of its most notable victories last week when the Wildecats defeated host Annapolis, 63-57, in the championship game of the Fred Stauffer Cap City Classic.

Brandon Graham, who also scored 18 points in a semifinal victory over Aberdeen, led the Wildecats with 25 points against Annapolis. The Panthers (2-4) had won the tournament nine straight years and had lost only two games at home in the previous six seasons. Wilde Lake was 0-2 against Annapolis.

"We got outstanding guard play from Steve Bacon and Sean Howard," said Wilde Lake coach Phil Chenier. "David Lutz also did a superb job hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter of both games."

Chenier said the Wildecats led by as many as 18 points before Annapolis rallied to cut the lead to 43-40 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Wilde Lake improved to 5-3. It is 3-3 in the county with losses to Long Reach, No. 17 Atholton and No. 18 River Hill.

Slip of the tongue

Long Reach girls basketball coach Kevin Broadus nearly got into trouble - with his own team.

During the Lightning's bus ride to Centennial three weeks ago, Broadus accidentally mentioned Glenelg - Long Reach's next opponent - during his pre-game speech.

That prompted senior center Whitney Ward to remind her coach of his long-standing policy against looking ahead.

"I just happened to slip up that time," Broadus said with a laugh as the Lightning prepared for tomorrow's home contest against Hammond. "Ever since the Christmas tournament [the Manuel Gonzalez Amador Holiday Classic at CCBC-Dundalk], all I've been saying is Hammond this and Hammond that."

Few people, however, would blame Long Reach for peeking into the future. Off to the team's best start in the program's eight-year history, the Lightning (8-0) will meet just four teams that now have winning records - 7-1 River Hill, 6-2 Glenelg, 4-3 Atholton and 4-3 Mount Hebron - in its 14 remaining regular-season games.

But Broadus said he places very little emphasis on opponents' records.

"I really don't believe that matters," he said. "I don't think anything will be easy for us."

Long Reach continues to be powered by its duo of Ward and senior guard Timisha Gomez.

Ward compiled 33 points in two games at the Manuel Gonzalez Amador Holiday Classic and was voted the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Gomez, who registered 28 points, was selected to the all-tournament team.

Howard loses point guard

Howard sophomore point guard Miki Johnson, who averaged six points, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Lions coach Gregory Johnson, Miki's father, said his daughter suffered the injury in Howard's 16-point victory over Reservoir on Dec. 22. She will stay off the basketball court for eight months, according to Johnson.

To fill the void, Johnson moved senior shooting guard Lisa Libertini to point, senior small forward Kara Moss to shooting guard and promoted junior Ashley Hill off the bench to play small forward.

Atholton injury news

Atholton will likely complete the 2003-04 season without senior center Lisa Daciek.

Raiders coach Maureen Shacreaw said Daciek, who tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her right knee last summer, had entertained the idea of returning to the team in late February, but her doctor won't clear her until he reviews the knee on Feb. 18.

Atholton did receive some good news when senior Meaghan Murphy returned to the lineup. The 5-foot-5 senior, the team's defensive player of the year last season, will aid junior power forward Allie Scott in the lane.

Scott was named to the Atholton Holiday Classic's all-tournament team for her 38 points, 17 rebounds and five steals in two games.

Tournament honors

Glenelg placed two players on the Lady Lions Holiday Classic's all-tournament team at Walkersville. Senior guard Chela Hamilton scored 30 points in two games, and sophomore forward Alex Mundy had 24.

The Mount Hebron Holiday Classic did not choose an all-tournament team, but Chapelgate senior guard Heather Landis won the three-point shooting contest by making 12 in a minute. Her closest competitor recorded nine.

D. Williams on move

Towson Catholic freshman Devon Williams set a national freshman record for the 600-meter run at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress High School Classic indoor track meet at the 168th Street Armory in New York City on Saturday.

Her time of 1 minute, 30.22 seconds was the third-best time ever recorded at that distance by a U.S. high school girl. The record of 1:29.69 was set three years ago by Stacey Ann Livingston of New York City.

"It was pretty surprising, the time I ran," Williams said. "I didn't think I would run that fast because I was a freshman and it was the first time I was running the 600."

"I was thinking these girls are ready to run. They were 12th-graders and 11th-graders and I was the only ninth-grader on the track. I wanted to run under 1:30 and break the record, but I think I ran a wonderful race," said the Parkville resident, who runs for the Philadelphia-based United Stars Track Club.

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