Basketball teams enjoy the holidays
St. Mary’s Ryken, King’s Christian win titles
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.
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.
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.