(at Meade High)
No. 3 Annapolis (21-1) vs. No. 5 Meade (21-1)
When: Tonight, 5
Outlook: The similarities between these two teams are more than their identical records (both are 15-1 in county action). There is the revenge factor: Meade defeated the Panthers, 70-63, in last year's county final, but Annapolis came back to eliminate the Mustangs, 64-62, in the 4A East region semifinals. In their only meeting this season, on Dec. 22, Annapolis prevailed, 54-48. Both teams are characterized by their share of standouts and unselfish role players. Thomas Hawkins averages 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists for the Panthers, followed by Marcus Neal (15 points, 5.6 assists) and Marcus Johnson (15 points, four assists). Travis Foster, a 6-foot-5 junior, is the Panthers' leading rebounder with 8.3 a game. Meade counters with Jeff Charles (16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists), sixth man Terrell Ross (13 points, 7.5 boards and 3.0 assists) and Doug Underwood (12 points).
No. 4 Meade (19-3) vs. No. 12 Arundel (17-5)
When: Tonight, 7
Outlook: Meade finished its county slate with a 16-0 mark after a 73-53 win over Glen Burnie on Monday, including a decisive 69-50 victory against Arundel on Jan. 22. All-Metro senior guard Angie Creek scored 31 points in the win and sophomore forward Nicole Dailey added 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Meade defense limited the Wildcats to just 30 percent shooting from the field, holding all-county senior guard Meagan Rollins to two points. Sophomore guard Jill Marano had a team-high 16 points for the Wildcats, who never got closer than 12 points in the second half. Last season, Meade came away with a 62-57 win at Arundel during the regular season before the Wildcats avenged the setback with a 78-61 win in the county championship game and a 68-48 victory in the Class 4A East region championship game.
Pub Date: 2/24/99