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Weekend wrap — Stephenson, Padgett fall in state semifinals

The high school careers of Lance Stephenson and James Padgett are over.

On Saturday, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln dropped a 77-50 game to Rice in the New York Federation AA semifinals.

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Stephenson, New York State's all-time scoring leader, had 14 points, six rebounds and two assists for Lincoln and the 6-8 Maryland-bound Padgett posted 12 points and 10 boards.

Stephenson and Padgett played in front of a special visitor in the stands.

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Nevertheless, Maryland coach Gary Williams -- who already has secured Lincoln big man James Padgett -- was on press row yesterday, making sure he was noticed.

"I was surprised to see him," Stephenson said.

Stephenson told the New York Daily News that his decision will be announced Tuesday morning in Miami.

The 6-5 senior has narrowed his college choices to Kansas, St. John's and Maryland, although some believe he may opt to play a season overseas.

• UM power forward target Tobias Harris powered Long Island Lutheran to 68-51 win over Jamesville-Dewitt in the New York Class A Federation state title game.

For the winners, 6-foot-7 all-state junior center Tobias Harris erupted for 27 points plus a game-high 15 rebounds and was named Most Outstanding Player of the contest. Harris had played for Half Hollow Hills West High School on Long Island a year ago, averaging 29 points per game, prior to transferring to Lutheran as a junior. Earlier this winter, Harris missed 12 games with torn ankle ligaments, but Lutheran won its last 11 games after he returned in late January.

• Terps shooting guard target Taran Buie will be in the Madison Square Garden stands Tuesday night as his brother, Penn State point guard Talor Battle, leads the Nittany Lions in an NIT semifinal matchup against Notre Dame.

The fan club will include at least one of Battle's seven siblings -- younger brother, Taran Buie, a highly rated recruit from Battle's alma mater, Bishop Maginn High School. Battle said both Penn State and Notre Dame are on his brother's list of possible college destinations.

• Maryland women's forward recruit Tianna Hawkins reached double figures Friday night during the Washington D.C.-Metropolitan private schools team's 75-57 win over the Prince George's County public schools all-star team.

National Christian Academy's Vanessa Rice led the private schools with 14 points. Riverdale Baptist's Tianna Hawkins was next with 13, while her teammate Candace Bond added 11.

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