River Hill girls, Annapolis boys capture titles

District V basketball championships

Oliver scores 27 as Hawks down Arundel

Panthers beat Hammond

February 24, 2010|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

The District V championship Tuesday night between fifth-ranked Arundel and No. 11 River Hill served as the last test before each team gets ready for the regional playoffs.

Host River Hill showed its mettle as the top seed in Class 3A East with a 57-53 victory over Arundel, the second seed in Class 4A East. The Wildcats could not contain the Hawks' speedy guard Shantrel Oliver, who finished with 27 points and had a key steal in the final minute to help seal the victory.

"They were not like any team we've seen in Howard County; they were way more aggressive," Oliver said. "I don't think we're going to meet a team of this caliber in the playoffs. This really prepared us."

Aleisha Henderson led Arundel with 15 points, Talen Watson had 11 and Sheronne Vails added 10.

River Hill (18-2) cut a nine-point halftime deficit to one on a jumper by Erin Geoghan with six minutes left in the third quarter. Alex Vega then gave River Hill its first lead, 33-32, since early in the first quarter with a pair of free throws. A free throw by Oliver with 1:27 left in the third quarter extended the lead to six.

Arundel fought back and pulled within one on a layup by Briana McKellery but could not convert another scoring chance.

"We know that Arundel is a powerhouse team in the area," River Hill coach Teresa Waters said. "Once they realized they could play with them, I think they were OK. We just told them that everybody needs to buy in and play defense."

Boys

No. 7 Annapolis 85, Hammond 64: Warren Holliday scored 18 points and Delmore Howard had 16 as the Panthers (20-1) beat the Bears for the District V championship at Arundel.


11 RIVER HILL 57, 5 ARUNDEL 53
A--Henderson 15, Watson 11, Mahdi 1, Moore 3, Grant 4, Ross 5, McKellery 4, Vails 10. Totals: 16 17-28 53.
R--Oliver 27, Aresmeier 4, Geoghan 4, Golden 1, Piper 1, Moats 4, Sandler 2, Thomas 5, Vega 9. Totals: 19 19-30 57.
Half: A: 27-19


7 ANNAPOLIS 85, HAMMOND 64
H--Blossom 17, Baboola 3, Stevenson 5, Patrick 2, Pierre 15, Turner 5, Carey 13, Haynes 2, Azmanio 2. Totals: 25 11-21 64.
A--Papaleonti 6, Joyce 14, Woodlin, Wright 9, Reid 6, Holliday 18, Watson 4, Howard 16, James 2, McFadden 3, Barnes, Jones 5. Totals 25 30-43 85.
Half: A, 47-28.

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