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Whites withdraw from Marist Coaching change affected Wilde Lake twins' decision


Twin sisters Toni and Lashon White, last season's Howard County girls basketball co-Players of the Year, have withdrawn from Marist College.

The sisters left the Division I program in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., following the team's last game Dec. 12. The Wilde Lake graduates were both attending Marist on full scholarships, and now must sit out a year before playing at another Division I program.

"We just weren't happy," said Toni White, who started four of Marist's five games at point guard. "The coaching change had a lot to do with it."

The twins were recruited by former Marist coach Ken Babineau and signed early during their senior year. Babineau resigned after last season, however, and assistant coach Kristin Lamb was promoted to the top position.

"It was a very tough decision," Toni said. "There were some things that went on, and we had to make a choice.

"We will go back to school, but we don't know where yet," Toni added. "This is just a temporary setback. We'll get back on track."

Toni averaged three points and two rebounds for Marist (1-4). She was averaged 21 minutes per game. Lashon played in four games, and averaged one point and two rebounds. She was playing 10 minutes a game.

Toni, a first-team All-Metro selection, said she wasn't sure if she and Lashon would play again on the same team. "We'd like to go together, but it doesn't have to be that way," she said.

Holiday tournament

The first annual Craig O'Connell Holiday Basketball Classic will be held Dec. 29-30 at Howard High. The tournament is dedicated to O'Connell, who coached last season's boys team. O'Connell, a popular coach and teacher at Howard for many years, died in late August.

On Dec. 29, Howard will play Park School at 6 p.m. and Talmudical Academy will take on Severn School at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games on Dec. 30 will be at 6 and 8, respectively.

Talmudical Academy has one of the top guard's in the state in 6-foot-3 junior Tamir Goodman. Goodman, reportedly on the University of Maryland's recruiting list, scored 41 points Monday in a 61-58 loss to 17th-ranked Mount St. Joseph.

Atholton's boys and girls and Mount Hebron's girls also will play host to tournaments on Dec. 28-29.

Off to good start

Mount Hebron's girls basketball team played well in scrimmages this season against No. 8 Mercy and No. 3 Seton Keough. Those performances gave coach Scott Robinson an indication that the Vikings would have a solid team, and five games into the regular season the Vikings look very good.

"The girls have been playing great defense. That's the key," said Robinson, whose team plays host to Long Reach at 5 p.m. today. Mount Hebron has held opponents to below 15 points at halftime in four games.

Offensively, the Vikings (5-0 overall, 3-0 league) are getting scoring from a lot of players. They have won by margins of 41, 27, 60, 37 and 19 points.

"We have great team chemistry and a lot of depth," Robinson said. "The girls are playing with a lot of confidence."

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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