Girls Basketball State Semifinals




Class 4A

No. 6 Arundel (22-4) vs. Gaithersburg (21-4)

Time -- 5 p.m.

Outlook -- The Wildcats go after their fourth state title under coach Lee Rogers and the first since 2004. The opposing Trojans from Montgomery County have never advanced to a state final. Arundel is led by three key seniors in guards Danae Brownlee (10.8 points), Aanika Dobbins (7.6 points) and Ayanna Randolph (4.6 assists), who complement the team's leading scorer and rebounder, freshman Simone Egwu (13.3 points, 11.9 rebounds), and her senior post partner, Jazman Ramsey (6.9 points, 8.4 rebounds). Egwu will be matched up against Trojans senior C Latanya Copeland (19 points, 9.1 rebounds).

Class 3A

No. 4 Western (24-1) vs. Gwynn Park (22-3)

Time -- 7 p.m.

Outlook -- In returning to the final four after a year away, coach Tiffany Silver's Doves draw the four-time champion Yellow Jackets from Prince George's County. The Yellow Jackets have three sophomores in the starting lineup, while the Doves, riding a 19-game winning streak, start four seniors and freshman G Akeema Richards. Georgetown-bound, 6-2 F Zhondria Benn leads the Doves with 15.1 points and 11.5 rebounds, while three other players each average about 9.5 points. The Yellow Jackets are led by 5-9 senior G Lakiah Hyson (16 points).

No. 8 River Hill (26-0) vs. Urbana (20-4)

Time -- 9 p.m.

Outlook -- For a second straight year, River Hill goes into the state semifinals with an unblemished record as it goes after its first state crown. The Clarksville school is looking for better results this time around, hoping to bank on the experience from last year's setback to eventual champ Milford Mill. Senior All-Metro G Keisha Eaddy - the program leader in points, steals and assists - is the team catalyst, averaging 22.6 points, six rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. For Urbana, which has captured five regional titles in 10 seasons, junior Meredith Tolley (23.2 points, 10.1 rebounds) and senior Catherine Mills (17.5, 7.2) have surpassed 1,000 career points. The two teams met on Feb. 6, with River Hill claiming a 73-65 win.


Class 2A

No. 11 Atholton (21-5) vs. Milford Mill (17-8)

Time -- 3 p.m.

Outlook -- Atholton returns to the state tournament for the first time since 1982, while the Millers are coming off a Class 3A state championship in 2005. The Millers graduated all of their starters from last season, and the Raiders have three sophomores in the starting lineup. The teams have no common opponents and each has outscored its foes by an average margin of 11 points. G Julie Taylor leads the Raiders with 13.3 points, while 5-6 F Elie Snyder adds 10.3. Brittany James, a 5-9 forward, leads the Millers with 16.2 points and 11.7 rebounds.

No. 15 Southern (17-8) vs. Middletown (24-1)

Time -- 5 p.m.

Outlook -- The Bulldogs make their county-record 12th appearance in the state final four, seeking their sixth state title under 29-year coach Linda Kilpatrick. Southern last won a state title in 1985 and was last in the state semifinals in 1998. Sophomore twins Kim and Heather Schneck lead the Bulldogs in scoring at 14.4 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. Junior Brittany Wiseman averages 10.6 points for Southern and seniors Sarah Ziegler and Brittany Calton average seven rebounds apiece. Middletown of Frederick County is led by senior Kristen Waeber, who averages 19 points and 10 rebounds and is the school's all-time leading scorer, with 1,538 points.

Class 1A

No. 7 New Town (24-2) vs. No. 10 Southside (20-2)

Time -- 7 p.m.

Outlook -- A lot of emotion rides on this rematch of last year's Class 1A state final. New Town won the title, 62-53, only to lose it for using geographically ineligible players. Southside now has the championship trophy, but the Jaguars have said they don't feel like state champs. Both teams have something to prove. The Titans, led by 5-4 G Peju Awodipe (24 points), boast more depth inside and out, but the Jaguars have a superb one-two punch in 6-foot F-G Sheree Ledbetter (22.5 points, 13.2 rebounds) and 5-6 G Tiffany Lewis (12.5 points, six assists).

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