Glenelg clinched a share of the county girls basketball title last night, and senior guard Lauren Martin moved to within 15 points of becoming the county's all-time scorer as the Gladiators defeated visiting Long Reach, 77-39.
No. 5-ranked Glenelg (21-0 overall, 17-0 league) plays host to Centennial (18-2, 15-1) Tuesday in a game that likely will determine if they are co-champions. The Eagles play host to Wilde Lake (10-10, 7-9) tomorrow morning in a game that was postponed Feb. 11.
The 5-foot-7 Martin scored 28 points against Long Reach, making 376 for her season and 1,662 in her four-year varsity career.
Doreatha Beck, a 1982 Mount Hebron graduate, holds the record with 1,676 points.
Beck was a four-year varsity starter who helped the Vikings to county titles each season. In her sophomore season (1979-80), Mount Hebron won the county's first girls state championship, and Beck was named the county's Player of Year. Holder of a number of school records, she went on to play at Mount St. Mary's on a full scholarship.
"She probably had more natural talent than anyone I ever coached," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg, who coached Beck at Mount Hebron. "She could do more things well than anybody I've coached."
Beck scored primarily inside.
"She was about 5-9 but played much bigger," Greenberg said. "She had long arms and great leaping ability."
Martin was the 10th leading scorer in the county as a freshman. She has been the top three-point shooter the last three seasons -- 54 as a freshman, 57 as a sophomore and 50 last season -- and has 61 this season. She made six three pointers in the Gladiators' 67-40 win Tuesday and made five more last night.
"She's playing very well right now," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "She's definitely peaking right now."
Said Martin: "I think I'm playing pretty well. I'm making a lot more of my shots than I was earlier in the season."
Glenelg senior center Kris Brust had 23 points and 24 rebounds against Long Rech. Brust, a three-year starter who transferred from Seton Keough after her freshman year, needs 31 points to reach 1,000.
Glenelg led 21-4 after the first quarter against the Lightning.
River Hill is without two starters. Rashida Walcott has an injured right shoulder and is out indefinitely, and sophomore Greeba Outen suffered a slight concussion diving for a ball late in Tuesday's game against Centennial.
Walcott initially hurt the shoulder throwing a football in school, then reinjured it in a game last week against Mount Hebron. She will have an MRI Tuesday to find out more about the injury.
Outen, still bothered by an ankle injury, is scheduled to visit her doctor again today.
"I think it's really up to me and how I feel," Outen said. "I want to play."
Centennial sophomore guard Ashley Evans became the school's single-season three-point record holder after making six of eight three-pointers against Atholton in a 23-point effort Feb. 9. Her performance against Atholton gave her 45 for the season, one better than Kathleen O'Connor in 1996-97. Evans has 51 three-pointers.
The Eagles also have topped their team mark in three-pointers. They have 71, 14 more than in 1996-97.
The tournament draw for the boys and girls basketball championships is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at James Hubert Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road in Montgomery County. To reach the school, take Route 108 to New Hampshire Ave. Turn left. From New Hampshire, take a right onto Norwood Road. The school is a mile farther on the left.
The state indoor track championships will be held next week at the 5th Regiment Armory. The Class 3A-4A meet is Monday, followed by Class 1A-2A Tuesday and Class 2A-3A Wednesday. The meets are scheduled for 3: 30 p.m.
Longwood (Va.) College's Jill Younce, a junior from Glenelg High, was named the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference and ECAC South Region Player of the Week for her performance last week when she averaged 30 points in two games. It was the second time this season Younce has earned both awards.
Younce, who missed one start this season because of an ankle injury, is leading Longwood (16-9 overall, 12-5 CVAC) in scoring (16.9 points a game) and is averaging 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She also has 51 steals and 74 three-point baskets, 10 shy of tying the school season record.
Young, who equaled her career high last week with 32 points against Queens (N.C.) College, is one of three Howard County players on the team. Oakland Mills' Jamie Beale and Wilde Lake's Jessie Roy-Harrison are freshmen on the squad.
Beale, a point guard, has started seven games and played in all 25. She is averaging 5.2 points and 1.9 assists. Roy-Harrison, a forward, has played in 19 games and is averaging 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Wilde Lake graduates Toni and Lashon White, last year's county co-Players of the Year, are enrolled this semester at Howard Community College. The twins had full scholarships to Marist College but quit after the first semester.
They hope to attend Towson University in the fall.
"Nothing is written in stone, but that's our No. 1 school right now," said Lashon.
Lashon said she and her sister would be allowed to practice with the Tigers, but, because of NCAA regulations, they would not be able to play until the 2000-2001 season.
Pub Date: 2/19/99