Basketball roundup

Montrose Christian cruises to win over T.C. Williams

B.J. Koubaroulis interviews Montrose's Josh Hairston (Duke), rising star Justin Anderson and Terrence Ross, who is rethinking his Maryland commitment.
By Mark Giannotto
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 17, 2010

Montrose Christian senior Terrence Ross knew there would be a reaction when he decided to reopen his college recruitment last month after giving a verbal commitment to Maryland and Coach Gary Williams, but he has tried his best to ignore the text messages, notes on Facebook and calls from recruiters and reporters that soon followed.

"I had to delete my Facebook and step back from taking all these interviews," Ross said. "It's been kind of crazy."

Then again, there's a reason why Ross decided to reconsider his options in the first place. His play of late has drawn scholarship offers from national powers such as Kentucky, Kansas and Duke. On Saturday night, Ross only reinforced their newfound interest as one of four Mustangs to score in double digits, and No. 2 Montrose Christian never trailed in a 67-46 victory over No. 11 T.C. Williams in Alexandria.

Ross (10 points) connected on the first basket of the contest, but early on it was another of the Mustangs' Division-I prospects, Duke-bound senior Josh Hairston, that provided the fireworks. The versatile 6-foot-9 forward scored from all over the court, whether it was three-pointers or working for tip-ins underneath, accumulating 12 first-quarter points as Montrose Christian jumped out to a 24-9 lead. He finished with 14 points, the outcome decided after the game's early moments.

"We needed to get them and their crowd out of the game as quickly as possible," Hairston said.

In the second half, it was sophomore Justin Anderson's turn to showcase some Division-I caliber skills. He threw down several thunderous jams courtesy of Titan turnovers to finish with 11 points. But it was Ross who gave the night an exclamation point, coming up with a steal and executing a highlight-reel windmill dunk late in the third quarter.

Afterwards, Ross said it was the first time he had accomplished such a feat since coming to Montrose Christian in 2008. As for the question on every Maryland fan's mind, he respectfully declined to go into his college decision, leaving the talking to his coach.

"It's really not a big distraction other than simply he's now thinking about other schools," said Coach Stu Vetter, who added he doesn't allow college coaches to make official visits during the season because he wants his players focusing on being good students and playing high school basketball. "But Maryland is still very much in the picture and I think it's just gonna come down to four or five schools and he'll make a decision from there."

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-- PAUL VI GIRLS 55, NO. 10 GOOD COUNSEL 48: Senior guard Blair Koniszewski hit three three-pointers and finished with 15 points as Paul VI opened up a 13-point halftime lead en route to the WCAC victory. The Panthers (11-4, 4-3) also got solid efforts from freshman Maya Singleton (12 points) and junior Jessica Long (11 points) and have won four of five.

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