Broadneck slips past Annapolis, wins, 61-60

Arundel girls earn fifth straight title by beating Old Mill

Anne Arundel championships

February 21, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Broadneck won its first Anne Arundel County boys basketball championship since 1997 with a 61-60 victory over Annapolis last night at Meade High.

It was the first game of a doubleheader as Arundel won its fifth consecutive girls championship, 66-52, over Old Mill.

In the boys game, two free throws in a one-and-one situation by Charles James with 23 seconds left were the difference. The foul shots by James, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds, put the No. 7 Bruins (21-2) up 61-58.

The No. 9 Panthers (18-5), who edged Broadneck, 71-70, in the regular season, called their final timeout with 17 seconds left. Lateef Williams, who had 10 of the 12 points Annapolis scored in the last period and 16 for the game, drove in for a layup to make it 61-60 with two seconds.

"We had something to run at the end, but didn't get what we wanted, "said Panthers coach John Brady, whose team was looking for its sixth championship since 1999.

The game was back and forth and the teams were tied at 48 entering the final eight minutes. J.J. Hicks had six of his 16 points in the last quarter and Mike Atkins had a game high 20 points for the Bruins.

"I think we showed our mental toughness, " said Bruins' coach Johnny Williams, a 1991 Broadneck grad.

In the girls game, No. 5 Arundel (19-4) playing without coach Lee Rogers and leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Simone Egwu, started slowly and had just a 25-22 lead at the half before breaking the game open with an 11-0 run in the final quarter.

Sophomore Ashley Davis had 11 of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to spark the surge that put the Wildcats up 58-40.

"We started slow because we didn't have Coach Rogers there to light a fire under us," said junior Ayanna Randolph, who had 12 points. "We missed that little spark but the other coaches did a really good job. Everybody missed Coach Rogers and we wanted this for him."

Rogers was with his ailing father last night. Egwu sprained an ankle Friday night but should be back for the playoffs.

Freshman Sherrone Vails had 15 points and seven rebounds.

No. 12 Old Mill (19-4) was led by Ashley Jones' 18 points.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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