River Hill improves to 27-0 and will face the North Hagerstown-City College winner Saturday at 1 p.m.
River Hill made 34 of 60 shots, Parkside 11 of 47. Yikes.
No sense in continuing the play-by-play, it’s jut a one-sided rout. River Hill has too much depth, too much size, too good a defense. The 2A East region (and the southern Eastern Shore area) must be pretty weak. Parkside has some individual athletes but no teamwork — they look like they’ve never seen a pressure defense — and they’re getting picked apart.
Des River Hill have any weaknesses? Seelaus and Dannelly don’t need the ball to be effective, they just have to crash the glass, and with their size, they’ll get their points and rebounds. Seelaus also is athletic enough to create her own shot. Oliver, Vega and Collier can all shoot if given space. So you have to pick your poison. I’d rather get beat by the outside shot than by inside layups, and take my chances on the glass. Then you have to deal with River Hill’s pressure.
Should North get to the final, LaRae Allen is going to have to have a great game on the glass, and the Hubs will have to keep the turnovers under control. They’ve been pretty good against pressure all season — they have a lot of capable ballhandlers and passers — but they haven’t seen pressure like River Hill’s.
What a first impression … and it happened before the game even started. River Hill’s Vanessa Collier, a starting guard, performed the National Anthem on her clarinet and it was amazing. That’s one talented girl.
Parkside starts in a zone trying to deny the inside. River Hill goes with a 1-2-2 press.RH guard Shantrel Oliver knocks down an athletic jumper. Parkside’s Raquel Weeks swishes a 3. RH’s two big girls, Alicia Seelaus and Ryann Dannelly, go to work, getting two offensive rebounds and Dannelly scores and is fouled. She misses, but Seelaus rebounds, scores and is fouled herself. She makes the foul shot. 7-3 River Hill. Parkside’s doing a lot of dribbling, not much passing, that’s going to have to change. Weeks is fouled on a drive and makes 1 of 2. RH misses a 3, too quick a shot. Each team turns the ball over. RH’s defense is tenacious, in order to beat them you’re going to have to pass the ball quickly. Oliver gets her own rebound, is fouled and misses both shots. Parkside gets a couple offensive boards but fails to convert, and RH’s Alex Vega scores in transition. Another Parkside turnover and Oliver is fouled going to the hoop in transition. She misses both. RH gets the rebound, Oliver hits a 3. I guess a foul shot is too close in. Vega then knocks down a 3. RH is simply better. Parkside turns it over again, and Oliver is fouled going to the basket. She makes both. 17-4 River Hill. RH gets a steal and Vega scores. Anther Parkside turnover and Oliver scores on a feed from Vega. Parkside’s Ashaneyla Hyland and Weeks are trying to do everything with dribbling, it won’t work. Dannelly scores an easy bucket in transition. 23-4 with a minute left. Another Parkside turnover, but RH misses in transition. Oliver makes a steal, then scores and is fouled. Swish. 26-4. Hyland drives into the lane and is fouled. She makes 1 of 2. Vega finishes the quarter with a 14-foot jumper. 28-5. Wow. Parkside isn’t that good, but River Hill is scary.
I’m on press row at UMBC as River Hill (26-0) and Parkside (20-4) get ready to play the first Class 2A state semifinal. Wireless Internet is working great (knock on wood) so I will do my best to provide quarterly updates.
Most people (me included) think River Hill is the team to beat — that happens when you’re 26-0. They have four girls averaging more than 10 points, two very good inside players who are 6-1 (Alicia Seelaus) and 6-4 (Ryann Dannelly) and they’re tough defensively. Parkside is generally regarded as the weakest of the four teams left. I’m really interested to see River Hill play.
I think North will knock off City College later today. City College is very good defensively but I don’t think they have the scoring depth to be able to beat the Hubs.