Maryland Hurricanes High School Blog

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Maryland-Duke: The Game

It was good to see all the Hurricanes girls, teams, coaches and parents at the Maryland-Duke women’s basketball game Jan. 7 at the Comcast Center at Maryland. And it was good to see players from other AAU organizations. While the No. 6 Terps took it on the chin from the No. 2 Blue Devils, everyone at the game helped Maryland make history again. The attendance was 16,097 – the second largest crowd for a women’s game in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Only the Maryland-Duke game at Comcast Center in 2004 drew a bigger crowd -- 17,243, in which Duke also won.

In the game Jan. 7, there was a lot for up and coming players to see and learn from. Duke’s Lindsey Harding and Monique Curry led the way for Duke. If you want to learn how to run the point, watch Harding play again. She controlled everything. If you want to see how a wing player shoots 3s, attacks the basket, rebounds and defends, Currie is someone to watch. On Maryland's side, center Crystal Langhorne has a post drop step move that has to be the quickest around. Also, Kristi Toliver, a 5-foot-7 inch freshman guard who scored 12 points in the game, shows you don't always have to be a 6-footer to make it big in the college game.

At the end of the game, Maryland coach Brenda Frese invited everyone back to the game vs. Florida State on Monday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m., when schools in the area will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance.

Click here for the boxscore of the game:

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Top Performances and Happy Holidays from the Hurricanes!

Since we last blogged here a couple of weeks ago there have been a number of outstanding performances by high school athletes who played with Hurricanes during the 2005 AAU season. Here’s a sampling, based mostly on double-figure scoring.

Don’t forget also to make submissions if you have more complete information.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

Dec. 21

Sophomore Danielle Parker, a member in 2005 with the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team, continues to play key role for the area’s No. 1 team and defending IAAM A Conference champion St. Frances. Parker scored 11 points in St. Frances’ 49-27 rout of Spalding, 8 points in a 58-47 victory over Arundel in a non-conference battle of Top 10 teams on Dec. 19, and 11 in a 69-52 victory Dec. 17 over Mount de Sales.

Kim Acton of Hurricanes Cowgill 15s in 2005 tallied a game high 20 points in Severna Park’s 62-56 loss to Southern Anne Arundel County.
Sophomore Center Brittany Perry scored 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Chesapeake Anne Arundel County to a 68-65 victory over North County, who got 16 and 9 points, respectively, from Trilishia Johnson and Airelle Eldridge. Perry played in 2005 for Hurricanes Rosemond 14s and Johnson and Eldridge for Hurricanes Watts 15s.

Dec. 20

Junior forward Amanda Schwartz put up 12 points in Chapelgate Academy’s 55-22 swamping of Carroll Christian. Schwartz was on Hurricanes Cowgill 15s in 2005. Schwartz added 17 points Dec. 16 in her school’s 60-50 win over Friends in an IAAM B Conference game .

Mt. de Sales’ Chrissie O'Donnell scored a game-high 21 points in leading her team to a 74-52 drubbing of North County. O'Donnell played center for Hurricanes Cowgill 15s in 2005.

Miriam McKenzie scored 21 points, but Oakland Mills couldn’t overcome Reservoir in a 53-45 loss. Sophomore McKenzie played with Hurricanes Coughlan 14s in 2005. McKenzie also scored 21 on Dec. 19 in Oakland Mills’ 50-48 squeaker over Columbia rival Long Reach and 20 on Dec. 12 in a 64-38 loss to Glenelg.

Dec. 19

Sophomore guard Brittany Coughlan led Atholton to a 71-38 rout of Hammond in Howard County ball. Coughlan of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s in 2005 scored 18. Coughlan also scored 12 in her team’s 74-36 ouster of Reservoir.
Dec. 16

In a tight battle between two Baltimore County schools, Loch Raven edged Franklin 31-26 after Franklin jumped ahead at the half 17-10. Three Hurricanes – Atiya Brown, Laura Herrmann and Ashley Ridgeway – led Loch Raven, combining to score 19 of their team’s points. Brown was a member of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s in 2005 and Herrmann and Ridgeway played for Hurricanes Watts 15s. Brown also tallied 19 and Ridgeway 8 on Dec. 16 in Loch Raven’s 45-35 victory over Parkville.

Sophomore point guard Ayanna Randolph put in a game-high 17 points in Arundel’s season opener, a 63-53 victory over Anne Arundel County rival Southern. Randolph was a member of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s in 2005.

Kandice Green scored 11 points in helping to lead St. Frances to an easy 52-33 victory over Notre Dame Prep. Sophomore center Green was a member of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s in 2005.

In Westminster’s 67-61 upset of Winters Mill in Carroll County league play, Alexandra Held of Hurricanes Watts 15s in 2005 chipped in 9 points in her team’s win. Winters Mill’s Jordan Neville of Hurricanes 14s Rosemond in 2005 scored 10 in the losing effort.

Dec. 14

Sophomore center Taylor Wieczorek hit for 10 points in Severn’s 76-27 thrashing of Catholic High in a IAAM B Conference game. Wieczorek was a member of Hurricanes Rosemond 14s in 2005.

Junior center Whitney Snoops of Spalding scored 13 points to help her team to a thrilling overtime game over visiting Bryn Mawr 49-47. Snoops played with Hurricanes Cowgill 15s in 2005.

Dec. 12

Sophomore point guard Khadija Mitchell scored 8 points, including two long three-pointers early in the game, to help Mercy over Bryn Mawr 44-36. Mitchell was a member of the Hurricanes Coughlan 14s during the 2005 AAU season and is a three-time Maryland state AAU champion.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hurricanes First Week Recap

The end of the first full week of the Baltimore area high school basketball season saw some key performances by a number of Hurricanes girls who competed for our teams during the 2005 AAU season. Here’s a sampling, based mostly on double-figure scoring:

Dec. 8
Shannon Simpkins dropped in 13 and Lauren Leabhart 10 in Calvary Baptist’s loss to Clinton Christian, 46-33. Simpkins was a member of Hurricanes Rosemond 14s and Leabhart was with Hurricanes Watts 15s.

Dec. 7:
Sophomore Atiya Brown of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s scored 20 points in Loch Raven’s 53-30 victory over Kenwood.
Danielle Parker of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds as No. 1 St. Frances topped Seton Keough 64-51.

Jasmine Barksdale hit for 15 points as her Roland Park team topped IND 54-37. It was the second 15-point game this season for sophomore Barksdale, a member of Hurricanes Coughlan 14s.

Sophomore Brittany Coughlan of Hurricanes 14s Coughlan led her Atholton team’s scoring with 12 points in a 64-36 loss to River Hill.

Dec. 6:
Whitney Snoops from Hurricanes Cowgill 15s scored 17 points in Spalding’s 47-43 win over Severna Park. Kim Acton from the same Cowgill AAU team hit 11 for Severna Park. Snoops also scored 14 points Dec. 8 and Colleen Seeba 16 in Spalding’s 68-40 victory over IND. Seeba also was a member of Hurricanes Cowgill 15s.

Davonne Ross scored 12 points and Jessica Reagans 9 in Annapolis’ 81-15 victory over Overlea. Ross was a member of Hurricanes Watts 15s and Reagans was with Hurricanes Coughlan 14s.

Dec. 5:
Junior Abby Kalina scored 19 points and freshman Paige Greene added 11 in Bryn Mawr’s 47-45 overtime loss to Friends. Kallina played with Hurricanes Cowgill 15s and Greene is with Hurricanes Rosemond 14s.

Note: Send news and information of any top performances to Besides scoring, we need to know about rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, good foul shooting, defense etc.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

IAAM Web site, schedule

For those who follow the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Conference (IAAM) teams at the private and Catholic schools around Baltimore, the IAAM Web site has a complete listing of scheduled varsity and junior varsity basketball games. Go to this link for the basketball schedule:

The site also publishes news, standings and polls and information about sports other than basketball.

If anyone knows of complete schedule listings for schools in Baltimore city and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Carroll and Harford counties, please email the link to and we'll post it on the blog.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Hurricanes in Baltimore Sun Preview

The Baltimore Sun's 2005-2006 high school basketball section was published Nov. 30, listing the top 15 ranked teams and some of the area’s top players. Needless to say, Hurricanes girls are playing key roles on these teams.

Here’s a sampling:
  • No. 1, St. Frances: Sophomores Kandice Green and Danielle Parker helped lead St. Francis to the 2005 IAAM A Conference championship as freshman. Green and Parker are three-time Maryland District AAU champions, including in 2005 with the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team.
  • No. 2, McDonogh: Sophomore center Destiny Jacobs is due for a big role in 2005-2006 with McDonogh. Jacobs also played on the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team state championship team in 2005.
  • No. 4, Winters Mill: Sophomore guards Jordan Neville and Jen Peters helped lead the Hurricanes Rosemond 14-under team to the Maryland District AAU Shootout championship in 2005.
  • No. 5, Seton Keough: Sophomore forward Ayana Lee played during the summer with Neville and Peters at the Junior Nationals and college exposure tournaments for the Hurricanes Rosemond 14-under team.
  • No. 6, Arundel: Junior guard Brittany Watts and sophomore guard Ayanna Randolph have big shoes to fill at Arundel with the graduations of perennial Hurricanes Alex McGuire and Ana Baker. Watts played for the Hurricanes Watts 15-under team in 2005 and Randolph was a member of the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team state championship team and is a three-time state champion.
  • No. 10, Atholton: Sophomore guard Brittany Coughlan is another three-time state champion from the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team.
  • No. 14, Southside: Sophomore center Kandice Brooks will be manning the center spot for one of Baltimore’s top teams and won a state title in 2005 with the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team.
  • No. 15, Roland Park: Sophomore guard Jasmine Barksdale, who won a state title in 2005 with the Hurricanes Coughlan 14-under team, is expected to play a key role in 2006 for Roland Park.
Many many many more Hurricanes players are starring on some of the unranked teams in the area. We’ll highlight them as well as we blog along.

Welcome to the Hurricanes Blog!

Welcome everyone to the Maryland Hurricanes High School Blog.

This blog is being set up to celebrate the accomplishments of our Hurricanes AAU players competing for high school basketball teams in the Maryland District of the AAU.

For more information on our girls AAU basketball program, go often to our Web site at

I will be adding information on Hurricanes high school players during the high school season. We hope it will be a handy source of information for college coaches and recruiters as our players move to the next level.

Players, coaches and parents, feel free to post information yourself. Just, please, keep it clean and complimentary. For the security of our players, please only include information like name, Hurricanes AAU team and school team. Do not post personal information like phone numbers, email addresses or home addresses.

You can also email and we’ll post information.

Marvin Greene
Maryland Hurricanes Girls AAU