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X-mas Wish List - Area holiday basketball preview

December 23, 2000

X-mas Wish List - Area holiday basketball preview



Compiled by DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


Tuesday, Dec. 26

Boys

Richard E. Doub Classic at Williamsport
North Hagerstown vs. Atholton, 6:30
Brunswick vs. Williamsport, 8


The Hubs get a rare matchup outside the Tri-State area against Atholton in the first round. While it's a welcome change of scenery for North, it's also a trip into the unknown.

"When your schedule's limited like ours is, it's kinda nice to play somebody different," North coach Tim McNamee said. "I think it'll help us in the long run."

The Hubs will be nursing several injured starters back to health over the holidays, which could make their two games more of an audition than a full performance.

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"We don't know anything about (Atholton), but we've talked with people that have. It's kinda good," McNamee said. "At this point, you're more concerned with yourself. ... You're just trying to get better, whether it's a league game, a non-league game, or whatever."

Also:

-The Great Tri-State Shootout at Berkeley Springs:

Clear Spring vs. Southern Fulton, 6

Hancock vs. Berkeley Springs, 8

-Thomas Johnson vs. St. Augustine (N.J.) at Slam Dunk To The Beach, Lewes, Del., 3:30

-James Buchanan at Red Land Tournament, 6

Girls

Anne Arundel Classic at AACC
Frederick vs. Holy Cross, 2


For the second straight season, the No. 1 Cadets have a murderous non-league schedule that has already included an overtime loss to the top team in the D.C. metro area, Riverdale Baptist. Last season, Frederick was reeling afer two losses here, but doesn't see deja vu all over again.

"Hey, we've got a lot of talent," coach Todd Bono said. "Besides, it's a good experience and exposure, for our kids. So hopefully it will help."

It will also get the Cadets even more chemistry with senior do-it-all, Ashley Bush. Without her last season, Frederick struggled early. But the cohesion upon her return is getting stronger.

"She's such a team player," Bono said. "The kids were dying to do play with her last year and now they're really happy. And we haven't needed her to as much as before."




Wednesday, Dec. 27

Boys

Slam Dunk To The Beach at Lewes, Del.
Thomas Johnson vs. Jersey City St. Anthony, 5


One of the most storied successful programs in Maryland meets one of the most successful in the country in this battle. The problem for the Patriots: this may not even be their toughest game in the tournament.

"I don't know if that's good or bad. One team like this a week would OK," TJ coach Tom Dickman said. "These are St. James Invitiational-caliber teams. It'll be a real struggle to stay in things."

St. Anthony, which produced the Hurley brothers and numerous other Division I players, is ranked No. 3 in New Jersey. TJ's foe on Tuesday, St. Augustine is No. 2.

"(Our kids) look forward to all this ... and for us, we're usually the hunted instead of the hunter," Dickman said. "This is a chance to experience the other side. We're usually going into it with nothing to gain and all to lose."

Also:

Girls

-Richard E. Doub Classic at Williamsport:

Consolation, 6:30

Championship, 8

-The Great Tri-State Shootout at Berkeley Springs:

Consolation, 6

Championship, 8

-St. Maria Goretti vs. Reading Catholic at York Tournament, 6:30

-James Buchanan at Red Land Tournament, 6

-Littlestown vs. Greencastle at Shippensburg Tournament, 6

Girls

-Walkersville vs. Wootton in Linganore Holiday Tournament, 6

-Frederick in Anne Arundel Classic

-Thomas Johnson at Poly Holiday Tournament

-James Buchanan at Ligonier Valley Tournament, 6

-Waynesboro vs. Hanover at Hanover Tournament, 7:30

Thursday, Dec. 28

Girls

Pap Draper Classic at Smithsburg
Catoctin vs. Urbana, 6
Allegany vs. Smithsburg, 8


Facing the defending state champion on your own floor - a barrel of laughs for Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell and his Leopards.

"This should be a lot of fun. They've got a nice team even though they lost a couple of premier players, but (center Teandra Smith) inside is having a huge year," Powell said of the Campers. "It'll be a nice game, and maybe a little revenge factor for us because they've knocked us out of the playoffs a couple of times."

The game also continues an early-season string of powerhouses for Smithsburg, which has already split with MVAL favorites Middletown and Francis Scott Key.

"It's excellent preparation for (state) tourney time and you find out about your team," Powell said. "We've had the tests already and come out well, but it's playoff ball four or five games into the season. That shows you what you're made of."

Also:

Girls

-Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic at Williamsport:

Broadfording Christian Academy at Williamsport, 6

Boonsboro vs. Southern Maryland Christian Academy, 7:30

-Hancock Holiday Tournament:

Berkeley Springs vs. Southern Fulton, 6

Clear Spring vs. Hancock, 7:30

-City National Bank Holiday Shoot-Out at Shepherd College:

Hedgesville vs. Martinsburg, 3

Musselman vs. Jefferson, 7

-Walkersville in Holiday Tournament at Linganore

-Frederick in Anne Arundel Classic

-Thomas Johnson at Poly Holiday Tournament

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