College Basketball: Green Terror men, women off to solid starts
By Staff Report
Carroll County Times|
Nov 18, 2018 | 3:40 PM
The last few months have been trying for McDaniel’s women’s basketball program.
Coming off their second straight losing season, the Green Terror dealt with some devastating news — longtime coach Becky Martin was taking an indefinite leave of absence after being diagnosed with cancer. Things were in flux, and for the first time in 37 seasons someone else would be coaching the Terror when the 2018-19 campaign began.
Rick Little, who was one of Martin’s assistants from 2013-16, is in as interim head coach. And the Green Terror are 4-0, off to their best start in four years.
Their latest victory came Saturday at Gill Center against Eastern Mennonite, a 68-61 win in the second game of the home team’s McDaniel Tip-Off Classic last weekend.
The Terror took care of Ferrum on Friday, 59-43, after defeating Wesley and York last week to open the season.
Last season, the Terror finished 10-10 in the conference but 12-13 overall and missed out on any playoff consideration. The year before that, McDaniel dropped its final four games of the regular season and wound up 11-14 (9-11 Centennial).
On the men’s side, McDaniel is 2-0 after beating Wilson 77-72 on Saturday night.
Aaron Washington, a junior transfer, made an early-season statement with 28 points — and six 3-pointers.
Tony Tavares, another junior transfer and fellow guard, chipped in 14 point and five rebounds. Senior forward DJ Harper posted 13 points and five rebounds.
Senior guard Austin Cannon, a Manchester Valley High School grad, hasn’t played yet because of an injury but should be back within the next week. Cannon averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game last season.
McDaniel crafted a 14-0 run late in the second half to top Southern Virginia 78-69 in its season opener. Josh Sproul made his college debut with 18 points, and the freshman guard sank four 3-pointers.