The weather has been cruel to girls basketball coaches in Howard County over the last few weeks. Save for Thursday, Jan. 2, students have been out of school since before Christmas. For winter sports teams, that means limited practice and game time.
Reservoir has felt the brunt of the extended time off. Opting for the extra practice over playing in a tournament, the Gators haven’t set foot on the court in a game setting since their Dec. 18 victory over Centennial.
Other teams have been more fortunate, especially those that rescheduled Friday’s cancelations for Saturday. This week, with just frigid temperatures on the horizon, teams should expect this season to get back to normal.
There are games every day this week except for Thursday, and with plenty of top match-ups to look forward to, fans should expect to get their fix of solid play.
Since there hasn’t been much action in the past few weeks, there is minimal change in regards to the rankings. After this week, with multiple teams eying a shot at a few highly ranked squads, look for a shake-up or two.
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1. Howard (7-0 county, 9-0 overall)
The Lions were one of the lucky teams that rescheduled Friday’s game for Saturday. Going on the road against Wilde Lake, Howard took care of business with a 62-28 victory.
Scorers: Jayda Gilmore 14, Catherine Sims 10, Anne Kinsey 10, Emileigh Scott 9, Natalie Talley 8, Sydney Biniak 7, Madison Worrell 2, Jenny Kinsey 2.
The Lions have a big match-up against Mt. Hebron on Wednesday, so Scott Robinson’s team will get another chance to maintain its grasp on the inside track for the county crown.
Next two games: Mt. Hebron (Jan. 8), at Bel Air (Jan. 10)
2. Reservoir (4-2)
The Gators haven’t played since 2013, and while that doesn’t sound like a long time, their 18-day break makes it easy to forget how talented this squad can be.
A clear weather forecast would be ideal for Kyle Sullivan’s team, which has a full slate of games this week. Look for Friday night’s match-up with Atholton to be one of the week’s better games, as both teams look to be among the favorites to challenge Howard for the county’s throne.
Next two games: Glenelg (Jan. 6), Long Reach (Jan. 8)
3. Centennial (5-1, 6-3)
The Eagles have had plenty of rest since their 1-1 performance in the North Carroll Holiday Hoops Tournament. Coach Bobby Macheel’s girls won’t be taking on any teams in the top five this week, but that doesn’t mean Centennial won’t be fully prepared.
Guard Brittany Anderson, a sharpshooter from beyond the arc, is averaging a little over 13 points per game. Look for her impact to be one of the difference-makers if the Eagles are going to be a force down the stretch.
Next two games: Long Reach (Jan. 7), at Glenelg (Jan. 8)
4. Mt. Hebron (4-2, 5-3)
With a ton of upside, and only room to improve, the Vikings have arguably the most difficult schedule this week. After a visit to a pesky Wilde Lake club, games at Atholton and Howard could paint Mt. Hebron this week’s road warriors. The Lions’ top rebounders in Berit Batterton and Sydney Biniak will be a good test for the Vikings’ Gabby Green and Nia Crump. Tony Bell’s girls have everything in front of them if they want to climb these rankings. They certainly have their work cut out for them.
Next two games: at Wilde Lake (Jan. 6), at Atholton (Jan. 7)
5. Atholton (4-2, 6-2)
The Raiders are another team with a chance to move up the ladder after this week. Besides the previously mentioned match-up with Hebron, Atholton will take on River Hill for what promises to be a very competitive game.
In her last four outings, Chelsea Mitchell is averaging 15.3 points. Paired with the rebounding efforts of Kalere Caldwell and Sage Mayhew, this team is hitting its stride at the right time.
Next two games: at River Hill (Jan. 6), Mt. Hebron (Jan. 7)
Teams on the rise:
River Hill (4-3, 6-3)
Defeated Glenelg, 52-31 on Saturday.
Scorers: Jenna Collins 17, Julia Collins 11, Chelsea Buchiane 6, Jessie Hopkins 4, Bridget Frankhauser 3, Katie Caddigan 3, Sydney Poindexter 2, Margaux Hrab 2, Halley Seybold 2, Isabel Paci 1.
Hammond (1-6, 2-8)
The Golden Bears won their first county game on Saturday against Marriotts Ridge, 53-48.
Glenelg (4-3, 5-4)
Lost to River Hill, 52-31 on Saturday.
Scores: Ally Forejt 7, Chelsea Hennggeler 5, Jillian Schuyler 4, Julia Wolfrey 4, Lauren Wright 3, Coral Price 2, Miranda Mattis 2, Olivia Nowlin 2, Megan Taylor 2.
Teams on the bubble:
Wilde Lake (2-5, 3-6)
Lost to Howard, 62-28.
Scorers: Lindsay Williams 10, Alyssa Bialek 4, Nicole Sciabarra 4, Rachel Lazris 4, Brynn Drury 2, Grayson Corbett 2, Tranae Alexander 2.
Marriotts Ridge (0-7, 0-8)
Lost to Hammond, 53-48.
Scorers: Marissa Davey 25, Kerr 6, Jenna Bergquist 5, Kali Taylor 4, Carly Miller 3, Amanda Miller 3, Blalock 2.
Oakland Mills (2-4, 3-5)
Long Reach (2-4, 4-5)