Bas­ket­ball teams en­joy the hol­i­days

St. Mary’s Ryken, King’s Chris­tian win ti­tles

The Enterprise - - Sports - By JOHN NISWANDER jniswan­[email protected]­news.com

Nu­mer­ous boys and girls bas­ket­ball teams in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s coun­ties were busy dur­ing the hol­i­day re­cess com­pet­ing in hol­i­day tour­na­ments across the state.

On the boys side, St. Charles, Thomas Stone and St. Mary’s Ryken all cap­tured tour­na­ment ti­tles.

St. Charles, led by head coach Brett Camp­bell, won Bracket No. 3 at the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury.

The Spar­tans (7-1 over­all af- ter a 79-34 win over Patux­ent on Wed­nes­day night) de­feated Car­avel of Delaware 67-45 on Dec. 26 and won the cham­pi­onship on Dec. 27 over Dun­bar of Bal­ti­more 64-52.

Omar McGann was named to the fourth team on the all-tour­na­ment teams, while Tre­maine Ch­es­ley and Dar­ius Miles were picked as honor­able men­tions.

“Over­all, this was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for our guys,” Camp­bell said. “They got to bond as

team­mates and play two very high level games in a great en­vi­ron­ment in front of nu­mer­ous col­lege coaches.”

Stone (7-1) won the James T. Bogle tour­na­ment at Glen Burnie High School with wins over Broad­neck of Anne Arun­del County on Dec. 27, 70-65, and Cen­ten­nial of Howard County on Dec. 28, 73-59, to cap­ture the Red Divi­sion cham­pi­onship.

Stone’s Kevin Skid­more and Gary Grant were named to the all-tour­na­ment team and Grant was named the Most Out­stand­ing Player. Shawn Bar­clay had dou­ble fig­ures in points in back-to­back games with 14 and 15, re­spec­tively.

“We played hard, com­peted and shared the ball well,” Cougars head coach Dale Lam­berth said. “It was great to see the ball touch­ing dif­fer­ent hands those both days.”

St. Mary’s Ryken (5-7) won Bracket No. 17 at the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury.

The Knights de­feated Mil­ford Mill of Bal­ti­more 89-74 on Dec. 28, then won the cham­pi­onship on Dec. 29 over Gaithers­burg of Mont­gomery County, 85-65.

Louis Tang was named to the first team on the all-tour­na­ment teams, while Devin Ceasar re­ceived an honor­able men­tion se­lec­tion.

Other teams found suc­cess on the hard­wood com­pet­ing in var­i­ous hol­i­day tour­na­ments.

Lackey (6-1) went 2-0 at North­ern’s hol­i­day tour­na­ment with wins over Ron Brown of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., 74-46 on Dec. 27, and Don Bosco Cristo Rey of Mont­gomery County, 74-35, on Dec. 28.

Charg­ers se­nior Rasheed Coo­ley and ju­nior Eric Row­land were named to the all-tour­na­ment team.

“I was re­ally happy with how hard we com­peted over break,” Lackey head coach Sean Fox said. “We were able to use our de­fense to cre­ate our of­fense which al­lowed us to get two wins. I think our se­nior lead­ers are do­ing a good job at set­ting the tone for the rest of the guys.”

Calvert (3-3) went 1-1 in Bracket No. 14 at the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury with a win on Dec. 29 in the con­so­la­tion bracket over Colonel Richard­son of Caro­line County, 65-43 af­ter drop­ping a nail-biter to McKin­ley Tech of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. the pre­vi­ous day, 89-88.

Ryan Rachic made the third team on the all-tour­na­ment teams, while Melvin Davis earned an honor­able men­tion. Rachic led the Cava­liers with 57 points in the tour­na­ment, while Davis scored 33.

“[McKin­ley Tech] shot the lights out. We shot the lights out. It was one of those games where if you saw it, you got your money’s worth,” Cava­liers head coach Jeremy Ku­rutz said. “It was ex­cit­ing and a great game.”

King’s Chris­tian Academy of St. Mary’s County (1-8) fin­ished 1-1 in the Bracket No. 5 at the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury af­ter de­feat­ing The Sal­is­bury School 62-56 on Dec. 26, then fall­ing in the cham­pi­onship game on Dec. 27 to Mardela of Wi­comico County, 87-72.

Chris Chris­tian and Jaden John­son were named as honor­able men­tions on the all-tour­na­ment teams.

McDonough (1-6) picked up its first win of the sea­son af­ter a 1-2 fin­ish in the Mount Ver­non (Va.) High School tour­na­ment.

The Rams’ win came on Dec. 28 over Jus­tice (Va.) 61-39 in­be­tween losses to Mount Ver­non on Dec. 27, 48-38, and York­town (Va.) on Dec. 29, 61-46.

South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian Academy of Charles County split its two games at the Mid­dle­town High School tour­na­ment in Fred­er­ick County.

The Mus­tangs suf­fered an 83-73 loss to Mid­dle­town on Dec. 27, but re­bounded to top Bruns­wick, also of Fred­er­ick County, 85-57 in the con­so­la­tion on Dec. 28.

“Our over­all record is 6-4,” SMCA head coach David McGlone said. “It was one of our best per­for­mances of the year as we took a 10-point lead into the fourth quar­ter and went on to win by 28 points. We had a bal­anced at­tack both games with scor­ing com­ing from a va­ri­ety of play­ers.”

Girls teams take home crowns

On the girls side, King’s Chris­tian, Hunt­ing­town, Calvert and La Plata girls bas­ket­ball teams earned tour­na­ment ti­tles.

King’s Chris­tian (2-2) won girls Bracket No. 1 at the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury af­ter de­feat­ing Worces­ter Prep of Worces­ter County in over­time of the cham­pi­onship game, 43-41, on Dec 27. The Ea­gles de­feated Snow Hill of Worces­ter County the pre­vi­ous day, 60-4.

Alexis Smith was named as a first-team se­lec­tion on the all-tour­na­ment’s girls teams, while Kayla Grey was se­lected to the third team.

Hunt­ing­town (5-1) won the White Bracket cham­pi­onship at the Shore Sports Mag­a­zine Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege af­ter wins over Stephen De­catur of Worces­ter County 49-33 on Dec. 27 and St. Mary’s-An­napo­lis 62-59 the next day in the cham­pi­onship.

“Maleah Smith and Ari Bracero had a huge game ver­sus St. Mary’s-An­napo­lis with 23 and 22 points, re­spec­tively,” Hur­ri­canes head coach Jen­nifer Bod­den said. “Crista Link had sev­eral key passes late in the game that turned into easy points for us. Molly Gar­ner played a great de­fen­sive game and pro­tected the ball well. Brandi Bo­her and Emily Cor­co­ran gave us ag­gres­sive play on the boards se­cur­ing key re­bounds late in the game. Kirsten Doty pres­sured the ball well, forced sev­eral turnovers and had a few blocked shots. All in all, we played well as a team against a very skilled and dis­ci­plined St. Mary’s team.”

Calvert (5-2) won the Na­tional Ti­tle IX Clas­sic Mau­rice But­ler Bracket at D.C. Ar­mory af­ter de­feat­ing Sur­rattsville of Prince Ge­orge’s County 47-30 in the cham­pi­onship on Dec. 29. The Cava­liers knocked off Ban­neker of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 67-58 on Dec. 27 and Os­bourn (Va.) 51-41 to reach the fi­nal.

“Each game the girls played hard and with a tremen­dous amount of en­ergy,” Calvert head coach Tim Con­tee said.

La Plata (2-4 af­ter a 71-34 loss to Leonard­town on Wed­nes­day night) won Lackey’s hol­i­day tour­na­ment with a win over Lackey in the cham­pi­onship game on Dec. 28, 4338. The War­riors de­feated The Calver­ton School 6232 the pre­vi­ous day.

Other girls bas­ket­ball teams found suc­cess on the hard­wood over the win­ter re­cess.

Stone (1-6) earned one win at Bracket No. 1 of the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury. The vic­tory was Stone’s first win of the sea­son, and it came over Snow Hill in con­so­la­tion 52-16 on Dec. 27 af­ter fall­ing to Worces­ter Prep on Dec. 26, 61-24.

Ce­rina Cobey and Danya Smith were named honor­able men­tions on the all-tour­na­ment team.

St. Charles (5-2 af­ter a 59-27 win over Patux­ent on Wed­nes­day night) went 1-1 in Bracket No. 3 of the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury.

“We played Park­side (of Wi­comico County) our first game and won (52-46 on Dec. 26). Aysia Jones had 24 points. Jaila Wal­ton has 17 points and 14 re­bounds,” Spar­tans head coach Dar­relle Smith said. “The sec­ond game we played Walk­ersville (of Fred­er­ick County) and lost (46-32 on Dec. 27). Jaila Wal­ton had 10 points.”

Wal­ton was named to the all-tour­na­ment third team.

Calver­ton (5-3) earned one win at Lackey’s hol­i­day tour­na­ment over McDonough in the con­so­la­tion on Dec. 28, 38-30.

“Over­all, the team per­formed well,” Cougars head coach Alante Pritch­ett said. “Kierra Fields was all over the floor on de­fense, pres­sur­ing the other teams guards and get­ting steals. Natalie O’Brien had 36 points in the tour­na­ment while be­ing dou­ble teamed most of it.”

North Point (5-2) fin­ished fifth in the Na­tional Ti­tle IX Clas­sic Patsy Mink Bracket at D.C. Ar­mory go­ing 2-1. They fell to Pikesville of Bal­ti­more County 54-53 on Dec. 27, edged Paul Robe­son (N.Y.) 47-44 on Dec. 28 and de­feated Eleanor Roo­sevelt of Prince Ge­orge’s County 45-39 on Dec. 29 in the fifth-place game.

“Over­all, we were pleased with the team’s per­for­mance,” Ea­gles coach Mike Ser­pone said. “We def­i­nitely got a mixed bag of re­sults in the fourth quar­ter in these games, but we’ll get back to the draw­ing board and fix what needs ad­dressed.”

St. Mary’s Ryken (78) fin­ished third in the bronze bracket at the Boo Wil­liams Christ­mas Clas­sic in Hamp­ton Roads, Va. The Knights de­feated I.C. Nor­cum (Va.) 59-27 on Dec. 27, fell to Ocean Lakes (Va.) 60-48 on Dec. 28 and wrapped up third with a 45-38 win over Bethel (Va.) on Dec. 29.

North­ern (2-5) went 1-2 at An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian School Christ­mas Clas­sic, which in­cluded a 47-45 win over South­ern of Anne Arun­del County on Dec. 27.

Leonard­town (5-3 af­ter Wed­nes­day’s win over La Plata) split at its hol­i­day tour­na­ment at Wise High School in Up­per Marl­boro, fall­ing to Atholton of Howard County 55-49 on Dec. 28 and de­feat­ing Dun­bar of Bal­ti­more 5744 on Dec. 29.

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The St. Mary’s Ryken girls bas­ket­ball team fin­ished third in the bronze bracket at the Boo Wil­liams Christ­mas Clas­sic in Hamp­ton Roads, Vir­ginia af­ter de­feat­ing Bethel (Va.) 45-38 in the third-place game on Dec. 29.

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King’s Chris­tian Academy girls bas­ket­ball team won the girls Bracket No. 1 at the Gov­er­nor’s Chal­lenge tour­na­ment in Sal­is­bury af­ter de­feat­ing Worces­ter Prep in the cham­pi­onship game, 43-41 in over­time on Dec. 27.

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