Only a sophomore, Higgins demonstrated impressive poise in leading the fourth-ranked Rams to a 26-1 record and their 17th straight victory, 78-76, in overtime over Bethesda-Chevy Chase of Montgomery County in last weekend's Class 3A state title game at Comcast Center.
In the semifinals and final, the 6-foot-1 guard combined for 45 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals and seven assists. In the semifinals against Crossland, Higgins scored 22 points and had six steals, six rebounds and four assists. In the final, he had 23 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists for the Rams, who won their third state title in four finals.
Milford Mill, basketball
The senior forward led the Millers to their first state championship and their first No. 1 ranking with stellar defensive play as well as 31 points, 23 rebounds and 13 steals in the Class 3A tournament.
Jeter, 5 feet 10, more than held her own against 6-4 and 6-2 centers as the Millers (23-3) upset No. 1 River Hill, 68-59, in the semifinal and beat Paint Branch, 57-48, in the title game. She had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four steals against River Hill and 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals against Paint Branch.
She finished her career with 1,051 points.
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