Quick hits

Girls Basketball

November 30, 2005

Numbers game

3 -- Returning starters between Anne Arundel County foes Arundel and South River, who split during the regular season before South River ended the 2004 state champ's season in a regional final upset. Danea Brownley is back for the Wildcats. Ali Moreland and Kim Milligan return for South River.

4 -- Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships for St. Frances in the past five years. With last winter's 68-52 title game victory over the Institute of Notre Dame, the Panthers made it three A Conference crowns in a row.

6 -- Trips to the state final for Milford Mill's girls basketball team before bringing home their first state title trophy last winter.

9.3 -- Steals per game last season for River Hill All-Metro guard Keisha Eaddy. She already holds the school career record with 450 in her first three years.

26 -- Points scored by St. Timothy's Mariame Djouara in the IAAM C Conference championship. The junior scored half of her team's points in a 52-40 win over Lutheran.

527 -- Career wins for North Harford coach Lin James, after the Hawks went 20-5 last season. James is the only metro-area girls basketball coach to reach the 500-win milestone.

1975 -- The last time a metro-area team did not win a state girls basketball title. Bladensburg won the only title that year, the last of three years in which all state teams competed for one title. In 1976, the state began crowning four state champs.

2005 WINNERS

STATE

Class 4A -- Eleanor Roosevelt Class 3A -- Milford Mill Class 2A -- Potomac Class 1A -- Southside* *New Town vacated for ineligible players

LEAGUE

Anne Arundel -- Arundel

Baltimore City -- City

Baltimore County -- Woodlawn

Carroll -- Winters Mill

Howard -- River Hill

UCBAC -- Fallston

IAAM A Conference -- St. Frances

IAAM B Conference -- Severn

IAAM C Conference -- St. Timothy's

Multiple state titles

Mount Hebron 6 Southern-AA 5 Dunbar 4 Old Mill 4 Arundel 3 Hammond 3 Glenelg 2 Western 2

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Dec. 6 -- Winters Mill at Linganore, 7

Dec. 7 -- Atholton at River Hill,

Dec. 9 -- South River at Arundel, 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 28, 29, 30 -- St. Frances Tournament

Jan. 5, 7 -- Basketball Academy at Morgan State

Jan. 30 -- Towson Catholic at St. Frances, 4 p.m.

Feb. 10 -- Milford Mill at New Town, 7 p.m.

Feb. 14 -- Southside at Western, 5:15 p.m.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Peju Awodipe

New Town, guard

The 5-foot-5 junior scored 23 points in the Class 1A state final last season. She averaged 21 points and shot 55 percent from the field in the Titans' first season as a varsity program.

Zhondria Benn

Western, forward

The 6-1 senior can dominate the inside like no one else in the Baltimore City league. She averaged 16.6 points and 15.2 rebounds as the Doves reached the city title game.

Mariame Djouara

St. Timothy's, forward

The 5-7 swing player and her big-time skills stayed under the radar in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference last season. A native of the Ivory Coast, Doujara averaged 18.3 points.

Keisha Eaddy

River Hill, guard

The Hawks' 5-6 sparkplug led Howard County in scoring (21.8) and steals (9.3). The All-Metro senior has scored 1,053 points in three years.

Mi-Khida Hankins

St. Frances, forward

The versatile, 6-1 Hankins was the Panthers' go-to girl for last season's IAAM A Conference champions. The All-Metro junior averaged 14 points and nine rebounds.

Brittany Mallory

McDonogh, guard

A threat to score from anywhere, the 5-10 All-Metro junior averaged 20.1 points last season. She converted a lot of steals into layups, but also hit 52 three-pointers.

Sasha Matthew

Joppatowne, guard

A double-digit scorer also known for her defensive skills and natural leadership ability, the 5-4 junior looks to step up with teammate Arielle Townes sidelined with a knee injury.

Ali Moreland

South River, guard

Graduation took a toll on the Class 4A state finalists' backcourt, but the junior is ready to step into the leadership role.

Sieara Saunders

Winters Mill, guard

The 5-5 senior led Carroll County in scoring last year as the Falcons reached the state Class 2A state semifinals for the first time. She averaged 14.2 points and nearly six steals.

Marah Strickland

Towson Catholic, guard

Perhaps the top player in the IAAM A Conference last season and one of the top junior guards in the nation brings her 23-point average and exceptional all-around game from St. John's at Prospect Hall.

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