Sports Beat

Anne Arundel County schools

March 09, 2005

THE QUOTE

"This year is the first time we've started somebody at center who is over 6-foot-2. It's been a luxury and has allowed us to go big or small with success." Fifth-year Old Mill boys basketball coach Greg Smith, on 6-8 post players Travis Hyman and Randy Stokes.

THE NUMBER

13

Points the then-top-ranked Arundel girls basketball team scored in the second half of Saturday's 45-43 loss to South River in the Class 4A East region championship game.

THE WEEK AHEAD

BASKETBALL STATE SEMIFINALS

BOYS

Class 4A

No. 9 Old Mill (23-3) vs. No. 1 Walbrook (24-2)

9 p.m., tomorrow, College Park

The county champ Patriots get a shot at the metro-area's top-ranked team. The winner advances to the state final game set for 8 p.m. Saturday.

Class 3A

No. 10 Annapolis (20-6) vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (18-7)

3 p.m., tomorrow, College Park

The Panthers make a Maryland-best 26th state tournament appearance. The state final game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.

GIRLS

Class 4A

No. 3 South River (20-5) vs. Thomas Johnson (20-5)

5 p.m., tomorrow at UMBC

Can the Seahawks stay up to get past the Patriots from Frederick County? The state final game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.

25 YEARS AGO

Southern of Harwood became only the second team to capture back-to-back state titles in girls basketball. Led by Carol Holland, who had 40 points and 31 rebounds in the two state tournament wins, the Bulldogs defeated Centennial, 65-55, in the Class B championship to finish 25-1 and No. 1 in The Sun's poll.

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