Richards rallies Western past City



January 27, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

Western guard Akeema Richards picked up her second foul two minutes into last night's game with City and sat out the rest of the first half. That didn't stop her from making a difference in the end.

Richards scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the No. 7 Doves slipped past the Knights, 49-44, in a Baltimore City non-league game.

A second-team All-Metro selection last season as a freshman, Richards scored eight points in the final 3:07 as the Doves rallied from six points down. After Kiara Forman gave the Doves (13-4) a 44-43 lead on a short jumper with 2:32 left, Richards scored the rest of Western's points.

"She just refuses to lose. She's extremely tenacious," said Western coach Tiffany Silver, who earned her 100th career victory.

The young Knights (10-6) stayed out of their usual trap of falling way behind early. They stuck close to the Doves and took a 41-36 lead on Breaira Barksdale's three-pointer with 4:06 left. A few youthful mistakes, including a handful of turnovers and not getting back on defense, helped Richards and the Doves rally.

Victoria Mitchell led the Knights with 13 points and 10 rebounds and LaShay Taft added 12 points. Taqwisha Richardson had six points and 15 rebounds for the Doves, who beat the Knights in last year's city championship and may face them again for the title next month.

No. 2 Towson Catholic 89, IND 43 -- Marah Strickland and Candace Walker combined for 50 points (28 and 22 respectively) as the host Owls (13-6) beat the Indians. Towson Catholic never trailed.

River Hill 58, Atholton 57 -- Vanessa Collier hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lead the Hawks (11-4) over the visiting Raiders (12-3). Alicia Seelaus scored 20 for River Hill.


Carver 68, No. 5 Walbrook 66 -- Johnathon McCullum had a triple double (12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks) and hit the winning jumper with nine seconds left to help the Bears upset the visiting Warriors (12-3). Harry Robinson scored 20 points and Anthony Gregory added 13 for Carver, which won its fifth straight. Carver (7-8) took a 34-32 lead into halftime.

No. 6 Randallstown 60, Eastern Tech 58 -- Darryl Bryant (17 points) scored five of six overtime points to lead the visiting Rams (13-2) over the Mavericks. Eastern Tech tied the game at 54-54 with 23 seconds left in regulation to force the overtime. Randallstown led by no more than two points during the game.

No. 7 Douglass 76, Edmondson 48 -- Omar Strong and Brandon Simms combined for 35 points for the host Ducks (15-0) as they defeated the Red Storm. Strong had 18 points and 12 assists, and Simms had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 8 McDonogh 56, Loyola 36 -- Joe Yermal scored 22 points to lead the Eagles (17-6) over the host Dons (12-7).

No. 9 Cardinal Gibbons 54, St. Maria Goretti 53 -- Antwarn Jones hit a jumper with 2.4 seconds left in the second overtime to push the Crusaders (14-7) past the host Gaels (9-12).

No. 10 Lake Clifton 66, Samuel L. Banks 37 -- Antione Allen and Terrence Jones combined for 36 points (19 and 17, respectively) to power the visiting Lakers (12-3) over the Lions (0-13).

No. 15 John Carroll 72, Gilman 51 -- Raphael Jordan and Josh Selby scored 14 points each as the Patriots (21-5) easily defeated the visiting Greyhounds after a 40-19 halftime lead.

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