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Centnnial, Wilde Lake win, close in on title


Centennial and Wilde Lake are a victory away from becoming county co-champions as the regular season ends today.

The eighth-ranked Eagles defeated host Glenelg, 55-33, yesterday behind a career-high 25 points from sophomore Icyis Richardson. Ninth-ranked Wilde Lake placed five players in double figures and upended host River Hill, 74-52.

Centennial (16-5 overall, 15-2 league) travels today to Mount Hebron (7-14, 4-13). County defending champion Wilde Lake (17-4, 15-2) plays host to Oakland Mills (11-10, 10-7). Oakland Mills defeated Mount Hebron, 56-35, yesterday, getting 30 points from Kena Hodges.

Should Centennial and Wilde Lake win today, the county would have its first co-champions since Centennial and Mount Hebron finished 12-2 in the 1978-79 season. That was the last time the Eagles earned a county title.

Wilde Lake should have a tougher test today than Centennial. The Scorpions have won three straight league games for the first time this season and in that span are averaging 66 points per game.

"We need everybody to step it up," said Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr, whose team defeated Oakland Mills, 44-38, Jan. 13. "They gave us a run last time and they're playing well now. They are a very capable team."

Wilde Lake outscored River Hill (6-15, 3-14), 18-2, the last 3: 30 of the game to break open a six-point lead. Toni White and Bridge White each had 16 points for Wilde Lake, and Natashka Hill had 15, Lashon White 14 and Alicia Bates 10.

Centennial has the longest current winning streak in the county (10), which includes a 65-37 win Jan. 17 against Mount Hebron.

The Eagles are playing their best basketball of the season, especially on defensive. During the past five games, Centennial's opponents have averaged 29 points per game.

"The defense has just been great," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg. "That's the story every game. We're really frustrating people."

Glenelg (11-10, 9-8) began yesterday's game with a turnover -- a 30-second shot clock violation -- and finished with 26.

Richardson, who had seven first-quarter points to help the Eagles to a 16-8 lead, scored mostly on layups.

"We were rotating the ball really well and she was getting good looks underneath," said Centennial's Meredith Price, who had 15 points, 11 in the second half.

Richardson was the beneficiary of some excellent passes as her teammates were able to get her the ball down low against the zone defense.

"They [Glenelg] weren't rotating on defense and I had a lot of easy shots," Richardson said.

Senior Camey Brian had 14 points and Kris Brust eight to lead Glenelg.

No. 1 Mercy 73, No. 18 Fallston 64: The top-ranked Magic (20-2), faced with two tough games on successive days, took care of the first one last night, using a height advantage to put down outmanned Fallston in the final three minutes.

Now the Magic (20-2) must make a return trip to Harford County this afternoon to face No. 6 John Carroll in a Catholic League game in Bel Air.

Mercy, in and out of trouble in the first half, seemingly took charge of Fallston (16-2) during a third quarter that produced a 9-0 burst, saw Ashlee Courter get nine of her 17 points, and ended with a 61-50 cushion.

But a succession of turnovers contributed to a scoreless three minutes in the final quarter, and three Fallston baskets made it a game again. When Karen Tiedemann made the second of her three-point shots, it made the score 65-61 with 2: 35 left.

Mercy got some breathing room when Adrienne DiPietro and Jamie Vogtman scored on put-backs, with a block at the other end sandwiched in between. Another Tiedemann three-pointer at 1: 15 cut the gap to 69-64, but it turned out to be the Cougars' last gasp.

Vogtman, her team's leading scorer (14.4) and rebounder (8.8), and like Courter a sophomore, had 21 points, including 10 in the second period when the Magic was digging out of a 27-19 deficit. Shannon Cohen added 13 points.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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