Meade gets another chance to become the first Anne Arundel school to win both the boys and girls county basketball championship games in the same season in Wednesday's fourth annual event at Fort Meade.
The Mustang boys held up their end last season by defeating Annapolis, 70-63, in the county championship and might face the Panthers again in Wednesday's 5 p.m. title game.
Meade's girls lost to Arundel in last year's county title game, and the same two teams are likely to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The county did away with the three-year-old format of division winners facing each other in the championship game and will now pit the top two finishers.
Meade opponents will be determined after tomorrow night's final regular-season games.
With Friday's 67-45 romp over No. 9-ranked Old Mill (18-3), the No. 5 Meade boys (20-1) clinched a berth no matter what they do at home against 20th-ranked Glen Burnie (14-7) tomorrow. Meade is 14-1 in league play while Old Mill slipped to 13-2 and has to hope for No. 3 Annapolis (20-1) to lose at Broadneck (14-7).
In posting 20 wins for a county record 18th time under coach John Brady, Annapolis ran its league record to 14-1 with a 74-56 rout of Arundel (8-12) Friday. The Panthers' only loss was to Old Mill, 64-61. If Old Mill wins at home over North County (10-11) and Annapolis loses, the Patriots win the tiebreaker by virtue of head-to-head result.
On Jan. 15, Annapolis took a 54-43 decision over Broadneck.
Terrell Ross, who led Meade to its 15th victory in a row and second over Old Mill Friday with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and his teammates are hoping to see Annapolis.
"We're looking for revenge against Annapolis at our home Wednesday, " said the 6-foot-4 Ross.
Last year's county championship victory was Meade's second win of the season over the Panthers, but the Mustangs have lost the last two meetings.
Annapolis upset Meade, 64-62, in the 4A East region semifinals and in their only meeting this season on Dec. 22, the Panthers prevailed, 54-48.
On the girls' side, No. 4 Meade (18-3) is undefeated in county action (15-0) and looking for its second county title in three years. No. 11 Arundel (16-5), one of the Mustangs' two potential opponents, is seeking its third in four years.
Arundel and 16th-ranked Severna Park (15-6) are 13-2 each and both are home tomorrow night. The Wildcats face South River (10-10) and the Falcons meet Southern (6-13).
The Wildcats and Falcons split their two games and if they finish in a tie, Arundel gets the berth by virtue of most overall wins (17 to 16).
Admirals clinch berth
Severn's 49-30 victory over John Carroll on Friday, coupled with Gilman's loss to No. 10 McDonogh (21-5), gave the Admirals (13-11) the fourth seed in the MIAA B Conference playoffs. Kyle Hyland led Severn with 23 points.
With another typical furious finish by Arundel shaping up, 6-foot sophomore Najmah Fauntleroy has 59 points and 36 rebounds in her last three games.
Old Mill senior Lisa Feeheley became the county's 50th and the Pats' fifth girls basketball player to score 1,000 career points earlier this week in a 57-49 loss to Chesapeake. Sharon Fraer, a 1977 grad, is the school's all-time leading scorer (1,312).
Coach Vickie Plitt's Glen Burnie girls (11-7) clinched their first winning season in 10 years this week.
Thomas Hawkins had 18 points for Annapolis in its 18-point victory over Arundel, leaving him 34 away from becoming the fifth Panther to reach 1,000 career points.
No. 13 Catonsville (18-1), a Class 3A state contender and 46-45 loser to Woodlawn in yesterday's Baltimore County championship game, visits No. 4 Spalding (24-4) for a 6 p.m. nonleague game Tuesday.
But first things first -- if Spalding wins at No. 16 St. Frances (10-7) at 3: 30 today and top-ranked Towson Catholic (23-5) loses at St. Maria Goretti (30-4) in Hagerstown today, a playoff between the Cavaliers and Owls tomorrow would decide the regular-season title and top seed for the Catholic League tournament. The tournaments starts Friday at the Towson Center.
The Antioch Christian boys team broke its county private school record for wins (28-5) with a 70-60 victory over Greater Grace on Friday.
Coach Jerry Humphrey's Eagles still have the Maryland Christian Athletic and state Christian schools' tournaments remaining.
The 3A-4A state indoor track meet is set for 3: 30 tomorrow at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory. Old Mill junior Victor Thillet will seek the distance triple crown in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
The 1A-2A finals are Tuesday with 2A-3A Wednesday -- all at the armory.
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