Mustang girls score 1st county victory

Marriotts Ridge varsity defeats Long Reach


January 31, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,sun reporter

The Marriotts Ridge girls basketball team would have preferred less drama in coming away with the program's first county win last week - a 37-30 victory over Long Reach on Wednesday. But the Mustangs will take it nonetheless.

Taking a 31-8 lead into the fourth quarter, the Mustangs had to hold off a Lightning rally to win for the second time (their first victory came against out-of-county foe Edgewood) in their first varsity season.

Junior forward Cory Johnson, who averages a team-high 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, scored 17 points in the victory.

"We were up by more than 20 going into the fourth quarter and looked to get some other players in the game. But they kept chipping away, so we had to get our starters back in," Marriotts Ridge coach Tom Browne said. "To be honest, it took a lot of the excitement out of it, but we're still pleased to have the win."

The season has been a valuable learning experience for a squad of three juniors, seven sophomores and two freshmen, with no seniors. Last year, the group went 16-4 at the junior varsity level.

"This year, the kids are getting exposed to a lot of things they weren't completely ready for," Browne said. "With the degree of success they had on junior varsity, this was a difficult transition with the entire team having no varsity experience. From my standpoint, I want them to continue to work hard, further develop their skills and work on the little things. It will take time. But as we get older, we'll continue to get more competitive and grow more and more confidence."

Mockapetris honored

Centennial's All-Metro senior hitter Tehya Mockapetris was recently named Maryland's Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball after leading the Eagles to their 13th state title in the fall.

Mockapetris, who had a team-leading 227 kills and 67 aces, is the sixth player from Howard County to be honored with the award since it was established 12 years ago. The 5-foot-3 standout became the second Centennial player to receive the award, joining two-time winner and 2002 grad Lindsay Feller.

Other county recipients were Glenelg's Julie Hollrah (2005), Tara Stadling (2002) and Elisa Davidson (first in 1995), and River Hill's Shannon Patrick (1999).

A pair of threes

River Hill basketball players Zack Serleth and Vanessa Collier had something in common Friday night: Both hit three-pointers in the closing seconds to lift their respective teams to wins over county rival Atholton.

Serleth's three-pointer came with 20 seconds left, giving the boys team a 36-35 lead that would prove the game-winner in a 38-35 victory. Collier's was more suspenseful, coming at the buzzer to lift the Lady Hawks to a 58-57 win over the visiting Raiders.

Bazell's key role

Graham Bazell played a big role in helping Atholton's boys finish second in Friday's county meet at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Bazell won the 1,600 (4:27.63) and the 3,200 (9:36.37) and took fourth in the 800.

The Raiders tied Howard with one event remaining, but the Lions scored four points in the final run, the 1,600-meter relay, to win the county title.

"It really helps to have depth, and we have depth," Bazell said.

For Howard, the team title was its first indoors in at least 21 years. The Lions won a state title last spring in outdoor track and field and used a similar strategy in this event - getting points from all over the place.

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