No doubt now, girls of Dulaney are for real

18-0 Lions nearing county 4A-3A crown

Notebook

February 07, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN REPORTERS

Dulaney girls basketball coach Richard Welsh figured he had a pretty good team at the beginning of the season, but he remained cautiously optimistic. A week ago, the caution disappeared.

The Lions are 18-0 after their biggest win of the season - a 59-58 overtime victory last Wednesday at then-No. 10 Catonsville in which they rallied from 17 points down with about 10 minutes to go.

The victory moved the Lions to 7-0 and into first place ahead of Catonsville in the county's 4A-3A Division with two games remaining. The division winner advances to the county title game, where it likely will meet defending champion and No. 6 New Town (16-0), which is also unbeaten atop the 2A-1A Division.

One of the reasons for the Lions' unbeaten record is the addition of 6-foot junior forward Danielle Parker, a transfer from St. Frances. Parker, who made the game-winning three-point play at Catonsville, averages 16.4 points and 13.8 rebounds.

Parker added another dimension to an already strong lineup that includes 5-10 senior point guard Katie Cole (8.4 points, 4.2 assists), 6-foot sophomore forward Emily Gladstone (11.8 points, 11.2 rebounds) and sophomore defensive standout Annie Trapp.

"Obviously with Danielle coming in, that just elevated everybody else," Welsh said. "The key for us is being able to push offenses farther out from the basket and take more chances. Having Danielle with her 6-foot-5 wing span and Emily in there, defensively we're pretty solid and we're a pretty strong rebounding team."

Wrestling regionals

Owings Mills wrestling coach Guy Pritzker, in his 24th season, begins his quest for a fourth Class 2A-1A state duals title and his 11th overall state crown (including his seven tournament titles), as his seventh-ranked Eagles (13-1) host today's 2A-1A North regional duals.

The top-seeded Eagles meet Baltimore County rival Eastern Tech (10-2) in the semifinals, with the winner to face tonight's winner between No. 6 Hereford (13-2) and No. 10 Milford Mill (17-4).

The Eagles' lone loss was to Here- ford during a tri-meet. On Jan. 30, the Eagles earned career win No. 375 for Pritzker (375-54) with a 60-6 rout of county rival Franklin.

Two-time Carroll County champion North Carroll (14-0) hosts the 4A-3A North regional duals, in which the defending regional champion Panthers take on Catonsville (10-3), with the winner to face the winner of Kenwood (10-2) vs. Frederick County's Urbana (10-2).

Webster honored

St. Paul's Bailey Webster received highest honorable mention by the Web site PrepVolleyball.com on its list of 2006 high school All-Americans.

An All-Metro first-team selection last fall, Bailey, a 6-3 middle blocker, led the No. 5 Gators to a 20-4 season with 372 kills, an average of 4.0 per game.

Two tough Titans

In victories last week over Franklin, Owings Mills and defending 2A state champion Randallstown, New Town guard Danny DeSousa averaged 21 points, four assists and rebounds and two steals. Backcourt teammate Stuart Clarke averaged 28 points, nearly five assists, three rebounds and two steals to lift the Titans to 17-2 overall.

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

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