The week before Christmas in 2017, with Wilson out to a 7-4 start, star guard Tara Cousins suffered a knee injury during practice and missed the rest of the season. Needing a replacement at point guard, Coach Nadira Ricks turned to Edmee Brown-Egue, the team’s starting power forward.
“She’s one of those players that doesn’t complain about anything,” Ricks said. “She just does it.”
The top 10 remains the same this week after the area’s best teams took care of business.
It was a truncated week of basketball as snowy and bitterly cold weather prompted postponements and cancellations. But there were still some notable results: In Prince George’s County, Eleanor Roosevelt took down Bowie in a battle of contenders. The Raiders were supposed to play Wise earlier in the week, but that game was rescheduled. The rivalry matchup should provide a clearer picture of how things stand.
Both times St. John’s and McNamara played last season, the Cadets pulled out close victories en route to winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
While St. John’s returned four starters from last season, including All-Met Player of the Year Azzi Fudd, McNamara also brought back the majority of its contributors. The Mustangs’ trio of Jakia Brown-Turner, Aliyah Matharu and Madison Scott is one of the country’s most formidable.
Model Secondary School for the Deaf placed third in the 14th annual Willigan Wrestling Tournament, hosted by Maryland School for the Deaf this weekend in Frederick, Md. The Eagles had a cumulative team score of 100 points, falling short of Indiana School for the Deaf (162) and Texas School for the Deaf (145).
The yearly tournament brings together six preparatory schools for deaf students from across the nation for two days of competition. Model previously won the tournament in 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014 under former head coach Thad Ferguson.
Many leagues around the area displayed parity when teams dove into the bulk of their conference schedules last week.
Howard beat Oakland Mills in a battle of top Howard County teams, but the Lions fell to River Hill two days later. In Montgomery County, Churchill defeated Paint Branch two days before losing to Whitman on a game-winning three-pointer.
Conference play is fully underway in the area, which means the contenders are slowly being sorted from the pretenders.
In the Washingotn Catholic Athletic Conference, DeMatha continues to rise above the drama that has defined the rest of the teams in the standings’ upper half. While the Stags took care of business against Gonzaga and St. John’s, there were surprising results elsewhere in the conference. Paul VI blew out Gonzaga on Thursday, and O’Connell took down St. John’s on Saturday.