Other than winning a championship, few moments in sports are as special as setting a record on a night your team wins. Dennard Melton had both last night as No. 15 Severn School routed Old Mill, 62-48, in Severna Park.
Melton, the Admirals' 6-foot junior guard, tossed in 20 points. The first nine broke the school's career points record (1,490).
He will add to the 1,503 points he now has over the next two seasons and is on pace to become the first Anne Arundel County boys player to crack 2,000 points and even has a shot at 3,000 in his senior year. Southern's Vince Barnett is the county's all-time leading scorer with 1,823 from 1988-91.
Severn honored Melton at halftime with John Vereen, whose football and basketball career scoring records Melton broke this year, presenting him a basketball.
Severn coach Charles "Tank" Duckett called the Naval Academy to request Vereen's presence, and it meant a lot to Melton, whose mother, as well as first coach, Jim Doyle (football and basketball), also attended.
Melton was gracious, as usual.
"I'm part of Severn history, and that's what I came here for, and I took it from a great man in John Vereen," said Melton, who had never played organized football until his freshman year upon the urging of Vereen.
"I hope I can build on that and, hopefully, somebody will come behind me and break it."
Young, inexperienced Old Mill started as if it was going to spoil the party by taking an 18-7 first-period lead.
Melton hit only one of nine field-goal attempts, a three-pointer to start the game, and the Admirals hit only two of 19.
Old Mill got six points from Toby Green (eight points) and four points each from Chad Tarpley (team-high 13 points, five rebounds), Jeff Miller (six points) and Matt Gray in the first period.
The next two periods were a disaster for the Patriots, who scored only four in the second period and eight in the third while the Admirals went on a 45-12 run.
Melton scored the first two buckets of the second period to ignite Severn. Sophomore guard Kyle Hyland (15 points) scored seven points during the second-period surge.
Winston Johnson (15 points, team-high 12 rebounds, two blocks) and Melton had six points each and Greg Cooper five as the foursome rang up 24 points.
"When the cookie started crumbling, we just couldn't put it back together," said Old Mill coach Paul Bunting.
Pub Date: 12/07/96