Atholton laments late foul with final four berth on line


Atholton girls basketball coach Maureen Shacreaw and her players will spend this week remembering all the plays that might have turned Saturday's 63-62 2A South region championship loss to Potomac into a victory and sent the Raiders to the state semifinals for the first time since 1982, their only final four appearance.

The one play they'll focus on most was a foul with 1:30 to play. The referees allowed the basket and gave a free throw and defending state champ Potomac had a four-point lead.

"The foul occurred way before the shot," said Shacreaw. "It hurt to lose, because after a poor first half we really put it together and won the third and fourth quarters. There were a lot of what-ifs."

What if freshman guard Elie Synder had not broken her collarbone diving for a loose ball in a 58-52 semifinal victory over Friendly? She was an essential part of a four-guard rotation.

Once the second-guessing is over, however, Atholton (17-5) will realize just how good a season it had.

"Our expectation was to be close to .500, not being one point from the state tourney," said Shacreaw.

Hawks in college

River Hill, set to play in its first girls basketball state semifinal tomorrow against Milford Mill, has an impressive record for sending its players to college.

The Hawks have five former players in colleges. Three others are playing a different sport in college.

The college basketball players include: Greeba Outen Barlow, a junior at St. John's; Keiko Miller-Tate, a senior at Kentucky; Fana Walcott, a sophomore at Savannah State; Ashley Thomas, a freshman at Radford; Marche Westray, Frederick Community College.

Among former basketball players, Laura Hostetler is playing lacrosse for George Washington, Allison Kupec plays volleyball at Virginia Tech, and Megan Buescher plays soccer for North Carolina State.

Disney in El Paso

Former coordinator of athletics Don Disney said he is enjoying life in El Paso, Texas, where he is an administrator for the El Paso Independent School District.

His Spanish-style house is located on a 6,000-foot high mountaintop overlooking the Rio Grande River and has a pool and a two-car garage.

He said the school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that the first and last periods each day are devoted to athletics.

He also said that sports seasons in high school overlap by as much as a month, making it almost impossible to play three sports.

"Soccer is a winter sport and is still going on, but the baseball teams have already played a month's worth of games," he said.

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