Chandrea Jones scored a career-high 40 points in Monday's victory over Towson Catholic, but that wasn't the only milestone the Institute of Notre Dame guard hit that night.
Jones set a school career scoring record when she surpassed Alicia Morgan-Cooper's 1,367-point mark set in the late 1980s. Jones finished the night with 1,389 points for her career.
Jones broke the record at home, and Morgan-Cooper was on hand to present her with a game ball after she hit the milestone early in the second half.
The best news for the Indians is that Jones, a two-time All-Metro first-team guard, is only a junior. Indians coach Herb Hoelter said he expects Jones, averaging 26 points this season, to break the 2,000 mark before she graduates in 2005.
Three starters were missing from the lineup when St. Frances' girls basketball team suffered an upset loss Friday to St. John's at Prospect Hall in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference contest in Frederick.
Angel McCoughtry, a 6-foot-1 senior forward and last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, was sidelined for a "school-related matter," said coach Jerome Shelton, who declined to elaborate.
Tammy Rogers, a 5-3 junior guard, has left St. Frances after a "disciplinary thing," said Shelton, who again chose not to elaborate.
Rogers, who played at Milford Mill as a freshman before transferring to St. Frances, has returned to Milford Mill, said Millers coach Pam Wright. Because of Baltimore County's transfer rules, Rogers cannot play for the Millers this season.
The Panthers' third missing starter was sidelined with an injury. Camille Coleman, a 5-11 senior forward, had been out with an ankle injury for the previous two weeks.
"What happened at Prospect Hall was that we didn't have any post players," said Shelton. "We had Tanisha [Foster] in there, but she was playing more minutes than she was used to. They have two good scorers, and they just scored a little bit too much for me."
McCoughtry and Coleman returned yesterday as the defending A Conference champs got back on the winning path with a 66-28 win over No. 14 St. Mary's in Annapolis.
Friday's loss cost the Panthers the No. 1 ranking and dropped them into a tie with No. 3 Roland Park for first place in the A Conference. Both teams are 11-2, with No. 8 IND close behind at 11-3.
The positions of the top three could easily change in the next week because Roland Park plays at IND tomorrow at 4 p.m., St. Frances plays at IND Friday at 5:30 p.m. and St. Frances meets Roland Park Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Villa Julie College.
Something to flip over
Franklin junior Steve Silberman began his athletic career on the gymnastics mats, but his strength and flexibility helped his transition to success on the wrestling mats.
Only a third-year wrestler, the 103-pound Silberman has won 10 consecutive matches after losing two of his first four. He is 12-2, with nine of his victories coming since he has dropped from 112 pounds.
"He was fighting off the flu when he lost his first couple of matches, and had only practiced a total of five times in December because of it," coach Rob Nusum said of Silberman. "He missed several days of school, but his comeback was a result of his pure attitude and resiliency. We've been adding some risky moves, and he's the only one in the room that will try every move that we teach. His fearlessness - that definitely comes from his gymnastics background."
In one of Silberman's biggest wins, he handed Dulaney's Scott Carroll his third loss, pinning him in 2:57. Another defining victory came against South Carroll's Steve Willingham, 13-9, before a home crowd in the final of the Jan. 16-17 Franklin Invitational Tournament.
"After he beat Steve Willingham, he did a back flip, which he'd only done two or three times after a match," said Nusum. "It was a basic reaction to the fact that he'd never been in the finals of any tournament before, and he did it perfectly the moment he stepped off the mat."
Milford Mill football players Julius Askins (Cheyney University), Donte Smith (Stillman College), Trae Stewart (Bryant College) and Greg Edwards (Ohio Dominican) will sign national letters of intent to the Division II institutions today at the school.
Askins was recruited as an offensive lineman, Smith as a quarterback, Stewart as a running back and Edwards as a wide receiver.
"When I was head coach two years ago, we had three signees, but this is the most number we've had in one season since the state championship year in 1987," said coach Greg Trogden, an assistant to Reggie White, who was a member of the Millers' title-winning team in '87.
Headed for showdown
With a 12-3 record overall (6-0 in Baltimore County's 2A-1A), Lansdowne's boys basketball team could be headed for what is believed to be its first county title game, likely against 11th-ranked Woodlawn.
Senior Barry Cornish, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, leads area scorers with 23.7 points per game, shoots 65 percent from the field and averages 12.6 rebounds. Chris Gilliam, a bulky 6-6 center, contributes 10 points and seven rebounds, and guard John Jarboe averages 12 points and a team-high three assists.
As freshmen, the three players were members of an 18-1 Vikings squad that tied Woodlawn for the division title but lost a coin flip for the opportunity to play Randallstown for the overall crown.