All-Sentinel girls basketball team named

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Co-Coach of the Year – Steve Pisarski, Damascus

A longtime coach in Montgomery County, Pisarski guided the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 20-4 record in his final season at the helm of the program and compiled more than 400 wins during a tenure that lasted nearly three decades.

Co-Coach of the Year – Donita Adams, Watkins Mill

A Montgomery County product, Adams, who once played for Pisarski at Damascus, guided the Wolverines to a 13-win season including an appearance in the region championship game after registering just four wins in her first season at the helm.


Rule change will affect athlete’s religious freedom

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The rule that forced Watkins Mill junior basketball player Je’Nan Hayes to sit out the Wolverines’ postseason game at Oxon Hill last month has been changed.

The 16-year-old Muslim wears a hijab because of her religion and had worn the garment all season long without opposition from game officials.

However, Hayes, a reserve who had already played in 24 games, could not participate in Watkins Mill’s regional championship contest against the Clippers on March 3 due to a rule that requires a state-approved waiver for religious garments.

“The rule is not clear as to what specific headgear should be worn or not be worn,” said Hayes.


Allen shines in CKA All-Star Senior game

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Amanda AllenAmanda Allen of Sherwood. PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS  

COLUMBIA – Sherwood guard Amanda Allen shined March 16 in the CKA Senior All-Star Basketball Game at Howard Community College.

Allen, who finished with 18 points, helped lead the blue squad to a 104-77 victory over the white team.

“I feel good,” said Allen, who has committed to play at Salisbury University next season. “I didn’t really know what to expect coming here, but everyone was awesome, and it was fun to play with everyone because everyone is an all-star out there, so it’s cool.”


Damascus holds on to win

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DAMASCUS – The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets kept the Watkins Mill Wolverines down long enough to win 42-34, even after a late surge by the visitors that put them on the edge.

“They rebounded and drove the ball, and we didn’t react that well, but just enough to win,” said Swarmin’ Hornets’ head coach Steve Pisarski.

The Swarmin’ Hornets scored first and never let go of the lead, always building it up until the end. The Wolverines were stuck nipping at their heels and were never too far behind, keeping the Swarmin’ Hornets constantly on their toes.

The first quarter was marred by defensive errors as the Wolverines fouled the Swarmin’ Hornets enough to bring them to the line seven times.

Eight of the Swarmin Hornets’ 13 points in the first quarter were from foul shots, as the Wolverine’s defense could not contain the Swarmin’ Hornets inside the paint.

The Wolverines showed promise in the second quarter, as they went on an eight-point streak before being interrupted by a three-pointer, courtesy of Swarmin’ Hornets junior guard Stephanie DiLeo.

Senior guard Shawna McDougall and senior point guard Brittanie Wray helped the Wolverines with a combined 20 points through the entire game as the backbone of their offense.

The Swarmin’ Hornets had junior forward Drew Dunathan charging in the paint and drawing fouls, stepping up to the line six times and scoring 14 points throughout the game.

Senior guard Kalynn Sefcik also bolstered the Swarmin’ Hornets offense with 10 points.

The third quarter saw the Wolverines score a game-low six points while the Swarmin’ Hornets doubled that and scored 12, thanks to two clutch three-pointers by DiLeo and senior guard Toni Marella.

But the fourth and final quarter was where the Wolverines finally threatened the home team, as a defensive struggle kept the Swarmin’ Hornets to a game-low five points as the Wolverines scored 10.

“I just wanted us to exploit their weaknesses, which was man-to-man defense,: said Wolverines head coach Donita Adams.

After a foul shot by junior forward Princess Frasier, the momentum that the Wolverines had was reduced as the Swarmin’ Hornets scored just enough points to keep the Wolverines at bay and ran the clock to ensure that their comeback dreams would fade.

“We didn’t want to take the team lightly, but we definitely needed to play to our best,” said Marella. 



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