It's only December but 18th-ranked Meade established itself as a contender for the county girls basketball championship with a 58-45 victory over Old Mill last night.
The Mustangs (4-1) not only have two talented individuals in sophomore guard Angela Creek and junior guard Dena Eldridge, they have depth, size and quickness to throw at the opposition.
Meade used all those assets to overwhelm a decent Old Mill (3-2) team, winning on the Patriots' home court for the first time in 15 years.
Creek was little short of spectacular at times, scoring a game-high 24 points to go with six steals, four rebounds and one assist.
The 5-foot-8 standout can weave her way through the lane and hang in the air for layups, rebounds and follow shots. She never stops moving and seems likely to get her points, regardless of who is guarding her.
Creek has scored 72 points in Meade's last three games and virtually took over last night's game in the second quarter when Old Mill was leading, 12-9.
Creek poured in 10 points in the second quarter and 10 more in the third as Meade built a 38-27 lead entering the final period.
"I love to play offense," said Creek. "I felt good tonight, but I had a better game Tuesday night against North County [27 points]. I'm looking forward to playing Arundel [defending county and state Class 4A champion] and would love to beat them."
Dena Eldridge, whose sister Shemeka is a senior guard for Meade, played an outstanding all-around game for the winners, running the offense, scoring 12 points and making four steals.
"This was a pretty big win for our team," said Meade coach Phil Popielski. "People just don't beat Old Mill on this court very often. I mean, [Old Mill coach] Pat Chance has won 404 games and four state championships, and she doesn't lose much at home."
With five blocked shots and nine rebounds, starting Meade center Katie Netherton, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, was a constant problem for Old Mill's offense.
When Netherton left the game for a rest, Popielski brought in her backup, 6-foot-4 junior Megan Poehlman, who dwarfed most of the players on the court.
Junior forward Donita Valentine also came off the bench for Meade to score nine points and capture nine rebounds.
"They killed us on the boards," said Chance. "It seemed like they were always getting three and four shots. We played OK, but it's hard to overcome that much height and a player like Creek."
Old Mill was led by junior guard Seneka Blackwell, who used her quickness to drive the lane and baseline for several layups in a 20-point performance.
Sophomore forward Lisa Feeheley tossed in 15 points for Old Mill.
Pub Date: 12/20/96