Girls State Basketball Semifinals

March 12, 2009

(All games at RAC Arena, UMBC)

Class 4A

No. 5 Arundel (22-4)

vs. Eleanor Roosevelt (23-1)

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Outlook:The Raiders, ranked No. 2 by The Washington Post, are out to tie the state record of five consecutive titles. They edged Arundel in the final last season by two points. Both teams have solid senior leadership and good inside-outside games, as the Wildcats are led by 6-foot-3 All-Metro C Simone Egwu (16.4 ppg, 11.7 rpg) and 5-9 G Ashley Davis (13.2 ppg) and the Raiders are led by 5-10 G Elashier Hall (15.2 ppg) and 6-0 F Olivia Applewhite (13.7 ppg, 13.2 rpg).

The Baltimore Sun's pick: Arundel

Class 3A

No. 11 Fallston (26-0)

vs. Largo (23-3)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: The Cougars are back in the semifinals for the second time in three years and will meet a Prince George's County team averaging 83 points. Fallston averages 54.5 and doesn't run quite as deep as the Lions, who are ranked No. 14 by The Washington Post. F-G Jess Harlee, who is 6-0, leads the Cougars with 15 points and 14.1 rebounds per game, followed by freshman G Rachel Holehouse (13.7 ppg). Five Lions average double figures, with 5-4 G Jessica Lyons leading the way with 18.9 points and 5.4 assists a game.

The Baltimore Sun's pick: Largo

Class 3A

No. 3 Western (20-6)

vs. Paint Branch (23-2)

When: Tonight, 9

Outlook: In what should be a high-scoring, up-tempo game, the Doves, looking for their first title since 1995, meet the defending champions, The Washington Post's No. 3 team. The Doves, who lost to Atholton in overtime in last season's semifinal, have played a tougher schedule, but both teams have quite a few lopsided wins. All-Metro 5-9 G Akeema Richards (13.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) leads the Doves, and 5-8 G Tarik Hislop (21.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) is the Panthers' all-time leading scorer. Whichever teams executes best on the run likely will win.

The Baltimore Sun's pick: Paint Branch

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