With points coming from inside, outside and off the bench, and a strong defense, the No. 3 Arundel girls basketball team came away with a comfortable 68-54 win over No. 11 South River in Anne Arundel County action last night in Edgewater.
The visiting Wildcats improved to 8-4 overall and remained undefeated in county play at 7-0 - also defeating fellow rival Old Mill earlier in the week. South River (10-3) falls to 6-1 in the league.
Sophomore forward Sheronne Vails led the Wildcats with 20 points and added 18 rebounds, while junior guard Ashley Davis scored 12 points. The only lowlight for the Wildcats came late in the second quarter when standout junior center Simone Egwu left the game with an injured shoulder.
With sophomore guard Talen Watson (11 points), senior forward Danielle McFadden (seven, 10 rebounds in place of Egwu), and junior guard Ebonne Jones (six points, four assists), the Wildcats got their typical balanced performance to take firm hold of first place in the county.
"That's what we've always preached in our program - everybody has been involved, and everybody contributes, and that's what has gotten us to where we are. It's a team effort, and certain individuals take on certain roles," Arundel coach Lee Rogers said.
The Seahawks, who got 14 points from Ashley Wagner and 11 from Jaclyn Nucci, enjoyed a 29-point fourth quarter but could never get closer than 13 points.
"We didn't quit. They're a good team, but we just didn't put the ball in the basket," South River first-year coach Mike Sivic said.