It's Arundel's night, with 2 titles

The Baltimore Sun

The Anne Arundel County basketball championships truly belonged to Arundel last night.

Coach Lee Rogers won his 400th career game as the No. 5 Arundel girls routed Old Mill, 70-36, at Annapolis. The Wildcats have won or shared the county title for seven straight years.

Arundel's boys won their first title earlier.

The Arundel girls didn't have much trouble, breaking open a close game in the second half. Old Mill (17-6) pulled to within 27-20 early in the third quarter before Arundel (19-3) scored 21 of the next 25 points.

The Wildcats, again playing without Simone Egwu, whom Rogers is hopeful of getting back for the regional playoffs next week, got balanced scoring. Sheronne Vails, Talen Watson and Ashley Davis scored 15 points apiece, and Ebonee Jones added 13.

"I didn't know about the [400th] victory until I saw it in the paper today," Rogers said. "It's all about the kids. They've done a great job of continuing the traditions."

Boys

Arundel 66, No. 7 Old Mill 58: : The Wildcats (20-3) stunned the Patriots (21-2), rallying late to end Old Mill's 17-game winning streak and stop the Patriots from repeating as county champion.

Arundel trailed by one with just under five minutes left before scoring 12 of the next 14 points to take a 64-55 lead with 18 seconds left. Terrell Tullis (16 points) made a key driving layup and four clutch free throws. Auraum Nuiriankh (16 points, 16 rebounds) also came up big in the final minutes.

"These guys, all they do is work hard," Arundel coach Jeff Starr said. "We've been down before. I just told them to stay with it, and we happened to make a big enough run."

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