Arundel cruises in 4A East final

Balanced Wildcats win 8th regional crown

Arundel 59 South River 40

Girls basketball

High Schools

March 04, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Arundel left no doubt as to who has the best team in Class 4A East by routing South River, 59-40, in last night's regional final played in Gambrills.

As has usually been the case this year for Arundel, contributions came from all over the court.

Senior Jazman Ramsey (team-high 12 points), sophomore Danielle McFadden and freshman Simone Egwu (game-high 13 rebounds) combined for 28 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks in the frontcourt.

In the backcourt, seniors Danae Brownlee and Aanika Dobbins, junior Brittany Watts and sophomore Ayaana Randolph (11 points) combined for 29 points and 10 steals.

Coach Dave Klingel, whose Seahawks finished 19-6, was impressed with the Wildcats, who built a 10-0 lead and had a 14-2 lead at the end of the first period.

"They came out ready to play and hit shots inside and outside, a complete effort," Klingel said. "We had to play a near perfect game to win tonight. They were the better team tonight and beat us three times this year. ... My kids left it all on the floor and did everything they could to win the game. You can't fault their effort."

Ali Moreland led the Seahawks with a game-high 17 points.

The host and sixth-ranked Wildcats (21-4) captured their eighth regional title to advance to the state final four at UMBC. Arundel will open in the state semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday against the West champion.

Seeking their fourth state championship, the last in 2004, the Wildcats avenged their stunning loss to South River in last year's 4A East final.

"We never talk about last year. Last year was last year, and our goal was to go back to UMBC," Arundel coach Lee Rogers said.

"These girls worked very hard and have put their own stamp on the program. I can't say enough about them and Danae Brownlee. She is our unsung hero and quiet leader."

Brownlee relishes her role as leader and did all the things it takes to win last night as the Wildcats pushed their 13-point halftime lead to 19 (41-22) after three periods.

"I try to be a leader, move the ball around and play good defense," Brownlee said. "We really wanted this win."

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