River Hill's Waters is not dwelling on milestone wins

THE BALTIMORE SUN

River Hill girls basketball coach Teresa Waters isn't one to sit back and reminisce.

That's why she expressed shock when informed she is one victory away from her 250th career win as a head coach.

"I don't look back too much," Waters said before she threw in a joke. "I'm getting older, and I have my senior moments."

But seriously, Waters has experienced the highs and lows that usually accompany a 21-year career as a head coach.

There were 1-21 and 4-18 seasons at Oakland Mills. But there was also the 1997-98 season when Oakland Mills went 18-9 and captured the Class 1A state championship.

A year later, Waters assumed the head position with the Hawks. Since the 1998-99 season, River Hill has collected 90 victories against just 24 losses and won back-to-back county titles in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

"I don't think about wins and losses," Waters said. "Every day is crucial. I don't try to look back. I just try to look forward.

The current Hawks squad is ranked No. 2 in the Baltimore area and owns a 15-2 overall record and a 13-0 county mark. Senior guard Laura Hostetler said much of the team's success can be traced back to Waters.

"She knows the game," Hostetler said. "She helps us out on and off the court. We're lucky that we get to play for her."

Interestingly, Waters' first chance at No. 250 will take place tonight at 7 against Oakland Mills, which has struggled on the way to a 3-12 overall record and a 2-9 county mark.

Waters said she will have mixed feelings about the achievement.

"It'll be kind of nice, I guess," she said. "But that's my old home school. I still have a soft heart for Oakland Mills."

River Hill will try to write some history for Waters without junior guard Ashley Thomas, who hasn't played since she popped out her left shoulder in a game on Jan. 17.

Thomas could return today, but Waters said it may take two to three weeks for her to regain her conditioning.

"Sitting for three weeks, it hurts," Waters said. "Maybe we'll have her back for [No. 3] Glenelg and [No. 4] Mount Hebron [in the final two games of the regular season]. Maybe. I don't know."

'I wanted to play'

The saying, "You can't keep a good man down" also applies to Carly Silver.

The senior point guard for the Pallotti girls basketball team is a major contributor for the Panthers despite playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Silver tore the ligament going for a steal during the first quarter of a game on Nov. 30. Doctors gave her two options: undergo surgery immediately or endure six hours of intense, daily rehabilitation and postpone surgery until after the season.

"It's my senior year," said Silver, who chose the latter. "I wanted to play. Surgery would've sidelined me for the whole season. ... I wanted to be out there."

She returned to the team on Jan. 8 and, since then, Pallotti (11-7 overall and 10-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference) has won nine consecutive games.

During that stretch, Silver has averaged 16.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 steals despite playing with a bulky, $1,000 knee brace that restricts her movement.

"With the brace, I can't forget about [the injury]," she said. "If I have a fast break, I slow down a lot. I play a lot more nervously."

Silver, who already is the program's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,200 points in her career, is being recruited by Shippensburg, Mary Washington and Frostburg, said Panthers coach Debbie Skelly.

"When Carly's in the game, the whole team is relaxed," Skelly said. "They look to her for motivation."

In the same grain, Chapelgate -- which also plays in the IAAM B Conference -- will attempt to defend its league championship without senior center Abby Hill.

Hill, who led the Yellow Jackets (12-6, 9-4) in rebounding with more than nine a game, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the second quarter of a nine-point loss to St. Paul's Monday.

"This is definitely not the way I imagined finishing my high school career," Hill said. "It'll be tough to sit on the bench, but I'll find other ways to contribute."

Chapelgate coach Jim Barber said he is hopeful senior Liz Isaac -- who missed the first 10 games with a torn rotator cuff -- can fill the void in the lane.

1,000-point club

Glenelg senior forward Alli Biggs scored her 1,000th point during a 73-29 victory over visiting Howard Wednesday.

Biggs reached the landmark when she hauled in an offensive rebound and converted a put-back early in the fourth quarter. After a brief stoppage that included the presentation of a commemorative basketball, flowers and a stuffed animal, the game resumed without Biggs, who was pulled by Gladiators coach Ciaran Lesikar.

"The kids were passing up layups for her," Lesikar said. "They really wanted her to get it at home."

Biggs joined Lauren Martin (with a Howard County-leading 1,763 points), Kris Brust (1,096), Sylke Knuppel (1,066), Michelle James (1,039), Mary Ellen James (1,010) and Lisa Pope (1,005) as Glenelg players with 1,000 career points.

11-0, aiming higher

The Glenelg Country indoor soccer team is poised to do something it has never done before: complete an undefeated regular season.

The Dragons are 11-0 in the IAAM B Conference, with three games left before the playoffs begin Wednesday. But coach Craig Shale is more concerned about reclaiming the league crown the team secured two years ago.

"It'd be nice to do, but the main thing is to win the championship," he said. "If we go unbeaten along the way, that would be even better."

Glenelg Country is outscoring its opponents, 99-16, with junior forward Courtney Hoke leading the way with 38 goals.

But the Dragons will meet third-place Maryvale Prep, the reigning conference titlist, today at 4:30 at Perring Athletic Club in Baltimore and second-place Friends Monday.

Glenelg Country defeated both teams by two goals each in their first meetings.

"It's nice having these tough games before the playoffs," Shale said. "We just have to keep it tight in the back and shoot down their chances. We're always confident that we can score goals."

Cole ignoring ankle

A sprained ankle won't prevent Tony Cole from participating at the Class 2A-1A state indoor track and field championships in less than two weeks.

The Oakland Mills junior sprinter rolled the ankle on a piece of sidewalk outside his home in Columbia Saturday night in a moment of "just me being dumb," Cole said.

"It hurts, but it's manageable," he said. "I can run. It won't stop me."

The ankle didn't seem to bother Cole at the Class 2A-1A Central region championships Tuesday night at the 5th Regiment Armory when he won the 55-meter dash, placed second in the 300 to Loch Raven senior Stan Waithe, and teamed with seniors Daryl Pastor and Antoine Eleam and sophomore Karlton McCullough to finish second in the 800 relay.

While Cole will compete in those three events at the state meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Feb. 17, he will not be in the 1,600 relay because the Scorpions squad was disqualified for a bad baton pass in the regional meet.

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