Panthers face test tonight in Wildcats

4-0 Annapolis girls play 3-1 Arundel


December 20, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Annapolis girls basketball coach Jeff Starr will find out tonight how far his team has come.

The Panthers, who improved to 4-0 after two wins last week, will play at No. 4 Arundel, the county's top team, at 6:45. The only loss suffered by 3-1 Arundel was to No. 1 St. Frances, 64-48, on Dec. 11.

Annapolis edged City, 56-54, and Severna Park, 40-37, last week, showing the ability to respond under pressure. Senior guards Jessica Reagans and Tiara Pratt and junior forward Erin Townley led the way.

"Jessica played great and had five of her 10 points in the fourth quarter ... and Tiara led us with 15 points, including two big threes against Severna Park," said Starr, whose team was 16-7 last season.

"And Erin had six points and 11 rebounds. She had two big baskets in the fourth quarter."

Reagans said the Panthers "will use their quickness, speed and defense" to counter the size of Arundel, which has 6-foot-3 sophomore Simone Egwu, 6-4 freshman Sherrone Vails, 6-2 sophomore Kebah Edoho, 6-foot senior Danielle McFadden and 6-foot sophomore Naimah Kimbreu.

Panthers boys prevail

The Annapolis boys evened their record at 2-2 with a 52-50 victory over Severna Park in overtime.

Lateef Williams, who had a game-high 22 points, made a pair of free throws with six seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 45. A layup by Zach Gassman and a free throw by Steve Hodney in the waning seconds provided the margin of victory for the Panthers.

Severna Park (3-1) led 31-18 at the half, but was outscored 9-4 in the third period and 27-14 in the second half.

"It was one of those games where whatever team makes a play, gets the lead and the ball and makes the play is going to win the game," Annapolis coach John Brady said.

Severna Park is at No. 8 Broadneck (4-0) tonight. In other boys games, No. 10 Glen Burnie (3-1), which bounced back from a 70-65 loss to Broadneck to outlast Meade, 59-57, will host Chesapeake (0-4).

The Bruins' victory over the Gophers was a nonleague game.

Quick hits

Arundel wrestler Nicole Woody was featured in Sports Illustrated last week in an anniversary issue of its "Faces in the Crowd" feature. A photo of Woody executing a takedown of a male wrestler accompanies a blurb that notes her winning a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Junior World Championships last summer in Guatemela City.

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