Milford Mill girls fight injuries, hang tough

Four key players hurt on 13-5 basketball team

Notebook

January 31, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

After winning the Class 3A state championship in 2005 and finishing as runner-up last season, Milford Mill's girls basketball team might be turning in an even more impressive effort this season.

Riddled by injuries that have taken a toll on the starting lineup, the Millers still have posted a solid record, improving to 13-5 after Friday's win over Loch Raven.

The problems began when their top player, senior All-County forward Brittne Gowdy, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the third game of the season. Sophomore reserve Taylor Gray followed with another ACL tear.

Then at the Basketball Academy three weeks ago, guard Devonne Richardson went down with a sprained ankle and forward Mariah Gordon likely tore an ACL, although she was waiting for the swelling to go down before having magnetic resonance imaging done.

That left two starters - 5-foot-3 freshman guard Breonna Blount and 6-foot-2 senior center Erica Harrigan, a Seventh-day Adventist who does not play Saturdays.

Richardson's status is day-to-day, coach DeToiya McAliley said. Gordon and Gray are out for the season, but there's a slim possibility that Gowdy, who had arthroscopic surgery, might return at the end of the season.

McAliley, The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2005, has had to move three girls up from the junior varsity, which was hurting, too, especially after Rachel Parker suffered a broken ankle in a game Jan. 19.

The Millers did have something to celebrate last week when Harrigan posted a triple double - 24 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks - in a 63-52 win over Lansdowne. It was only the second triple double by a Millers girl in nine years, McAliley said.

Charm City Challenge

The seventh annual Charm City Challenge boys basketball event will take place on April 1 at Towson University's Towson Center, starting with Baltimore City's All-Stars playing Baltimore County's at 3 p.m. and followed by the Baltimore All-Stars taking on the United States All-Stars.

The Baltimore All-Stars won last year's game, 92-88, and lead the series 4-2. Fans can visit www.charmcitychallenge.com and vote for the city representatives.

On Feb. 19, the top 25 vote-getters will be given to the selection committee, made up of area high school coaches, who will select Baltimore's players. The final roster for the Baltimore team will be announced Feb. 21, and the Suburban and City All-Stars will be made known Feb. 27.

Past participants in the game include South Carroll graduate Josh Boone (University of Connecticut, New Jersey Nets), Aberdeen graduate Jai Lewis (George Mason) and Mount St. Joseph graduate Will Thomas (George Mason).

Dons dominate

Loyola swimming coach Keith Schertle believes the Dons can win their seventh straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title Feb. 10.

The Dons finished last weekend at 4-0 in the league and 7-1 overall, paced by the 200 medley relay of sophomores Greg Pelton and Sean Roddy, junior Evan Danz and senior Andrew Quesenbury, and the 200 freestyle relay of Quesenbury, Danz, freshman Hugh Davison and senior Andrew Balhoff.

Steady contributors include seniors Zac Cooper, Tim Eberhart, Alex Motsiopoulos, Tim Beadell and Jon Brady; juniors Charlie Waesche and Brendan Moynihan; sophomore Tyler Thein; and freshman Tyler Elfert.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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