Taylor savors scoring milestone

3-point play gives senior career mark

Notebook

February 21, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,sun reporter

Atholton senior guard Julie Taylor has converted plenty of three-point plays over her four-year career, but none as special as the one she finished off Friday night at Reservoir.

About three minutes into the third quarter, Taylor became the program's all-time leading scorer, surpassing 1990 grad Sherri Orlosky's mark of 1,339 points. With the 11 points from Friday's win and 19 more coming in Saturday's win over Howard, Taylor now has 1,361 points going into tonight's county championship game against River Hill.

With the milestone coming on the road, Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw called timeout, took the minute to honor Taylor with flowers, and then sent her back in to shoot her free throw. After the game, Taylor was given the game ball and then she celebrated with friends over dinner.

"I think it's starting to sink in a little more now," Taylor said after Saturday's game. "To think the record has been around since 1990 is just crazy. I just have to give credit to all my teammates and coaches who have always been there to help me."

Until the accomplishment was reached, Taylor downplayed it, with her primary focus on winning a state championship. She came into the season needing 359 points to reach the mark - 20 more points than the 339 she finished with in her junior season - and is averaging 17.8 points per game this year.

"The difference in the kid who walked in [as a freshman] and the kid who's walking out is unbelievable with how much she's matured," Shacreaw said. "Julie has really developed into the whole package."

For Taylor, who is considering a number of college options, completing the package would be bringing home a state title. The Raiders reached the Class 2A state semifinals last season, falling to Milford Mill.

"Winning a state title means the world to me. Since we've been [to the state tournament] and know what it's like to lose, that adds fuel to our fire, and we have an unbelievable team," Taylor said.

The Raiders will host River Hill in the county championship game at 5 p.m. today. The Hawks came away with a one-point win in the teams' regular-season meeting.

On the mat

When the Glenelg wrestling team won its first county tournament championship over the weekend, the Gladiators became the first team other than Hammond or River Hill to capture the title since Oakland Mills in 1995. In the 14 weight classes, 12 of the top seeds came away with championships. Hammond 135-pound senior Vince Taweel captured his fourth county crown, Glenelg's Danny Bichner (130) and Ryan Conroy (152) each won their third, and Hammond's Zach Halper (140) and Wilde Lake's Zach Brown (215) won their second crowns. In his two county championship matches, Brown has two pins in a combined time of 1 minute, 7 seconds, including his 15-second pin over Atholton's Malcolm Stennett this season. River Hill 103-pound sophomore Scott Mantua, who took a 7-0 decision over Glenelg's Brenden Conway to win his first county title, likely will face Anne Arundel County champion Nicole Woody in this weekend's Class 4A-3A East regional championships. Mantua won a 9-6 decision over Woody, who became the first female to win a county championship in Anne Arundel County, at the Arundel Holiday Tournament this season.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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