Annapolis handles South River, 91-70

Four Panthers scored 15 points or more as No. 9 Annapolis (12-2) led all the way and raced by No. 16 South River, 91-70, last night in Annapolis.

Rodney Watts led the Panthers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ronnie Johnson and Rico Lee scored 16 points each and Kelsey Watkins chipped in with 15 points.


Annapolis took command early with a 31-14 lead at the end of the first period, and by halftime South River's deficit was up to 19 points with the host Panthers leading 48-29.

Johnson had six points and two rebounds, and Damion Day had all four of his points from the line (4-for-6) in the second period.


Watts had four of his points and three rebounds in the third period and teammates Watkins and Niya Washington hit two of the team's five three-pointers to increase the margin to 25 points.

The three-pointer by Watkins was his third of the game as the Panthers took a 69-44 lead into the final period.

"When we score like that, our games are easy," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

The 91 points marked the ninth time this season that Annapolis scored 90 points or more. It has scored 100 or more four times.

"We just don't have a big man and couldn't match them inside," said South River coach Ken Dunn, whose Seahawks slipped to 9-4.

"It did give us a chance to play a lot of younger kids in the second half and John [Brady] took it easy on us."

Junior forward Russell Tongue played hard all the way for the Hawks and had game-high totals of 33 points and 21 rebounds.

With the game out of reach in the final period as Annapolis pushed the lead to 31 points with five minutes left, Tongue played as if it were a one-point game. He scored 11 of his points, including a monster slam, and grabbed six of his rebounds in the last period.


"Russell always plays like that," said South River assistant Jack Jordan. "He and Corey [Davis] both do. It's a shame we don't have a big man to help them."

Davis, also a junior, scored 15 points and had five rebounds and four steals.

South River is vying for the top seed in the Class 2A East Region with Southern of Harwood and Baltimore's Dunbar, and Annapolis is fighting for the top spot in the 4A East Region with Glen Burnie.

Annapolis plays host to No. 12 Glen Burnie a week from tomorrow. The Gophers are the only 4A team to beat the Panthers this season.