Atholton's Snyder passes 1,000 points to push team

Notebook

January 30, 2008|By Glenn Graham, Jeff Seidel

Atholton senior guard Elie Snyder needed 42 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau going into last week's play.

She got a good chunk out of the way Wednesday with a 36-point performance in a 75-42 victory over Long Reach. The last six points, coming in the Raiders' 66-60 win over Centennial on Friday, weren't quite as easy.

After getting two early charging fouls and just two points in the first half, Snyder started fast in the second half - hitting a milestone free throw early in the third quarter and finishing with 14 points to help the cause.

After the free throw was made, the game was stopped and Snyder was presented flowers and a basketball while much of her family watched from the stands. "I was really stressed out with just two points in the first half, but it worked out and it was really exciting," she said.

This season, Snyder, a team captain who missed one game in four years, is doing much more than scoring for the defending Class 2A state champion Raiders, who took an 11-3 mark into this week's play. Atholton enters today's game against Wilde Lake in second place with a 10-1 league mark.

"Every year, she has improved her game since she came in as a ninth grader," Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw said of Snyder. "She's been our leader all year - much more vocal - and she's doing everything we need on the court."

Snyder, who averages 20 points, wants to go to a big college, so she is likely not going to play basketball. She is considering Penn State, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Indoor track -- The Mount Hebron boys and River Hill girls scored impressive victories in Friday's Howard County indoor track and field championships at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Mount Hebron racked up 110 points, easily defeating Hammond (75) for the boys title. The Vikings won three relays (800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters) and also got a good performance from Sean McCarthy. McCarthy won the 300 (36.13 seconds) and the 500 (1:08.68). Jackson Jordan took first in the 55 hurdles in 7.86. Nate Gant of Hammond was the only other multiple-event winner. He took the 55 dash (6.74) and the long jump (21 feet, 0.75 inches). On the girls' side, River Hill got 89 points to defeat Long Reach (76). For River Hill, Anna Demaree won the 500 (1:21.80). Lauren Knauff captured the 55 hurdles (9.27), and Katie Harman took the 1,600. Harman edged out Howard's Elyse Borisko (5:20.99 to 5:22.90) in that race. But Borisko turned it around in the 3,200, setting a meet record to win in 11:34.08. Funmi Alabi of Hammond was the meet's other two-event winner. She took the 55 (7.30) and 300 (41.74).

Marriotts Ridge wrestling -- The Mustangs had a good showing at the Centennial Duals on Saturday, taking second place to South River in the eight-team field. Atholton took third.

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